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Friday, 28 June 2013

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My youngest (24) is the same: his response to any beggar or can-rattler is "Get a job".

I suspect your older friends grew up when welfare was paid for by the many and used only by the few, most of whom were genuinely unfortunate or down on their luck.

Whereas now (the perception is, at least) that far fewer are nett contributors - none of the public sector are NETT contributors - and far more are "tax-eaters", some even as a lifestyle choice. Or to be fair, some are responding rationally to perverse incentives - why work for the minimum wage when benefits will give you same income AND free everything else on top?

Those of the younger generation who sense they'll end up paying for it all are slowly losing sympathy.

Things will change when the bills finally fall due and can no longer be put off by inflation, borrowing, QE, etc etc. It may not be pretty at that point.

Your final sentence, Andrew, says it all!

'I suspect your older friends grew up when welfare was paid for by the many and used only by the few, most of whom were genuinely unfortunate or down on their luck.'

Just the opposite, actually. The baby boomers got a lot out of the welfare state. Sorry.

An example would be university students who got full grants and received housing benefit and unemployment benefit in the summer holidays.

'My youngest (24) is the same: his response to any beggar or can-rattler is "Get a job".'

Your son sounds like a real charmer. Do you know what percentage of the homeless are mentally ill? Ex military? So many vacancies for ageing schizophrenics. Google 'deinstitutionalization'. I don't think the residents of your average mental asylum paid rent.

Uh oh.

"Your son sounds like a real charmer. Do you know what percentage of the homeless are mentally ill? Ex military? [Para I'm betting] So many vacancies for ageing schizophrenics. [Surely not a former Para?] Google 'deinstitutionalization'. I don't think the residents of your average mental asylum paid rent.

You are, as I understand it, a second-hand car pirate, er, I mean privateer. No that's not what I mean David ... uhm ... proprieter proprietor ...

Now I think on it like as you've always promised being "a burden to SoD" I don't think, ... as Louise puts it ... you need pay rent.

But I'm thinking David, Now is not the time to visit Duff Manor of Arkansas, you being Lord Duff an all, Her Maj ... well, Her Maj has our Oirish O'bama ...

SoD?

You'll be a nice son ... uhm, ... how much does it/will it cost?

Louise. How right you are about the Ex Military. Some youngsters out on the street that have lost it due to experiences that some do not want to talk about. And they are tarred by this and past governments that sent them to war so we could all sleep safely in our beds!
The government(s)are entirely responsible for the welfare system and just use it as a football when it suits them. It seems convenient for them to forget that they make the law.

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