burnt69 wrote: ↑Nov 8th, 2017 11:22 amI don't think anyone abuses welfare. In fact, I don't think that enough people are on welfare, I'd like to see a lot more. Too many people are working at completely dead-end minimum wage jobs, particularly in the major cities, and would be far better served moving to smaller cities, collecting some welfare, and doing things like taking care of their kids better, or contributing in other ways to their community.
A big problem we have though is that we have people who are handed welfare, even though they really don't need it (senior citizens come to mind with OAS!). Much of the public sector is a glorified welfare scheme. We have entire industries that are supported through government 'support'. The other problem is that the welfare system highly discourages and makes it difficult for people to get off of welfare. For instance, welfare doesn't pay for someone from Ontario to fly out to Fort McMurray and stay there for a few weeks to find a job, for instance. I think welfare officers need to be given more discretion to do case-by-case assistance of people in such situations where they have some very modest up-front capital needs to get back into the paid workforce.
As far as booze is concerned, nearly all of the cost of alcohol is the taxes, so the 'money' just flows back to the government -- alcohol itself is not really much more expensive than soda in Canada. A complete non-issue, other than, alcohol has its own set of social problems when not consumed in moderation. Think of a drunk person on welfare as someone who has voluntarily declined most of his/her welfare, by re-paying the government through liquor taxes.
You don't think anybody abuses welfare? So nobody is collecting welfare and working under the table for cash? Take a trip to your local strip club and you're likely to see plenty of people working for cash and also collecting welfare.