Entitlement Programs – Problem or Symptom?

Everyone blames lazy people for the degradation of the welfare system. And absolutely, some of the people are lazy. However, they are not the problem, just a symptom of a system that encourages a hand-out instead of a hand-up.

Almost anyone of us would accept a free gift if it were given to us. You can say “not me,” but when the time comes to walk your talk many of us would cave.

Therefore, the peopleĀ on welfare are just like the majority of us, susceptible to the same path of least resistance.

The real problem then is that the system (aka government) encourages this behavior as it earns loyalty returned in the form of votes.

I think the solution is simple:

1) If you are on an entitlement program (food stamps, unemployment, etc) you have to give back through community service. This work could be anything – picking up trash on the highways, painting over graffiti, fixing rusty bridges, filling potholes, or even serving at the food kitchens.

First and foremost, any time you earn something you value it more than if you are just given the item freely and secondly, if you are working hard for your hand up you will be more likely to look for a way to make more money for the same effort.

2) Time limits on all subsidies. Necessity creates opportunity. When humans have to find a way they will. If there is no sense of urgency, there is no reason to start looking elsewhere to find a way to support one’s self and their family.

What are your thoughts?


The Servant Leader

In America, everyone wants to be a leader.

I think, and would argue, everyone is already a leader by definition. In every interaction you are guiding or influencing in one way or another. This interaction will lead the mind of your peer to form an opinion or belief of some sort. It may be good, it may be bad, it may be neutral…. regardless, you have led someone to that thought in your interaction. What everyone is striving to be, already is.

Knowing then that leadership is relative and inevitable, since we all exact a degree of influence at every interaction (or choice not to interact) should we not focus our attention on serving? By serving we are focusing on the growth and benefit of others and I feel this outward focus will help ensure that our countless interactions result in positive leadership experiences.

Wether you want to or not, you are a leading…. someone. Nothing remarkable there. But are you serving?

Everyone will lead, few serve.