Welfare Queens: Who Should We Really Be Outraged At?

Over at Doubleplusundead, I ran across this story,

Most families who are due to lose their child benefit are worrying about how they’ll make ends meet without it.

But for Kelly Marshall, who has five children by four different fathers, the handout has never been about paying for nappies, food and other everyday expenses.

She saved her benefit money to help pay for breast enhancement.

And as many parents envisage tightening their belts after the Tories announced plans to cut the benefit for higher-rate taxpayers, she plans to save more of hers for liposuction and a tummy tuck.

Miss Marshall, who has never worked, rakes in almost :£29,000 a year from benefits – and last year spent :£4,500 to go from a 34A to a 34DD.

…Miss Marshall, 32, receives monthly payments of :£870 in housing benefit, :£975 in child tax credit, and :£303 in child benefit, giving her an income equivalent to a pre-tax salary of :£39,000.

On Monday, George Osborne announced plans to prevent families on benefits receiving more than :£26,000 a year.
The Chancellor said the aim was to put a cap on the maximum amount it is possible for any one person to claim and linked the figure to the average working income.

Critics pointed out, however, that any working household would need to earn at least :£35,000 to take home :£26,000.

Miss Marshall has no plans to start working. She once went to a job centre, but quickly realised she would be financially much better off if she did not work.

‘What’s the point? My mum worked all her life and she paid taxes so I feel I am getting what I deserve,’ she said. ‘Some people might think I am a scrounger.

‘But I don’t think me or my children should miss out on nice things just because I have never worked.’ Miss Marshall’s children, aged between three and 16, don’t appear to miss out.

They all have the latest computers and gadgets, and the family have been on two holidays abroad this year.

They have a PlayStation3, a Wii and an Xbox 360 and each of the children has an additional games console to themselves.

However, Miss Marshall said: ‘They only have three laptops between them so I might have to buy another one soon because they don’t like sharing.’

She also wants them to experience the benefits of travel.

‘I always take the kids abroad,’ she said. ‘We have been to Tenerife and Cyprus, and this year we have been to Magaluf twice.
‘Each holiday costs about :£2,000, but it’s good to get away, and the kids and I deserve it.’

So, here’s someone on financial assistance in Britain who has never worked in her life, yet has gotten a boob job, has multiple gaming systems, and is going on vacations abroad. Should people be upset at her for leeching off the productive members of society in Britain? Yes, absolutely

But actually, they should be more upset with a government that’s giving people these kind of incentives not to work than they should be with the welfare leeches. Let’s be honest here: If the government offered to pay you more than what you make in salary right now to sit on your behind, wouldn’t you consider doing it? Personally, I love blogging for a living, but if the government was willing to pay me $50,000 a year not to blog, I would do it (Assuming I could still write books, columns, etc.) And guess what? I LOVE what I do for a living. Most people don’t — and if you offer them money not to work, which is what’s really happening with the generous welfare benefits in Britain, then guess what? A lot of people will take the money and then they’ll come up with lame ways to justify sponging off everyone else, because that’s what human beings do: they find ways to justify their actions.

That’s why welfare programs should pay out the bare minimum to scrape by and it’s why anything “free” from the government should come with SOME KIND of hefty price tag to discourage people from using it. Even school lunch programs here in the States should require either the kids or their parents to do some work to get the food. You can say that’s mean if you like, but the fact of the matter is, people respond to incentives. If you reward people for bad behavior, you’ll get more of it. That’s what is really going on here. Oh, and laugh at the Brits if you want, but if liberals in this country had their way, our welfare laws would be even more ridiculous than Britain’s. Sure, it might help destroy the country, but it would make liberals feel good to say they were so compassionate and that’s all that matters to them.

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