As a confirmed news junkie I read online newspapers from different parts of the world. I am very tired this week and can’t handle anything too stuffy so I read the British paper The Daily Mail. One article caught my eye and raised my blood pressure. A woman with a giant crowd of children complaining because the British government is going to limit the amount of her monthly welfare cheque. The woman feels that the government must provide for her and her 8 children. Apparently she thinks that the other tax payers of Britain should support her and that working isn’t the solution to her financial problems.
With 8 children aged 12 and under she has her hands full but the average British tax payer didn’t participate in the conception of those children but they are all stuck paying. This is not a post about who has the right to bear children but an article about how much the average tax payer should be forced to bear. The British government is capping the amount of money she will receive every month and it will not go up even if she decides to have more children.
I am Canadian and happy to pay my taxes for schools, health care, roads and the millions of other things we need to be a great country but I am tired of pulling more than my fair share of the load because some people choose not to work. If you are down on your luck I am happy to provide support until you get back on track. If you are truly disabled I am proud that a portion of my pay cheque goes to support you indefinitely in a way that lets you keep your self respect and independence. If you just pop out babies to keep the government cheques rolling in then I have a problem with that. If you don’t have babies but still come up with excuses not to work then I have a problem with that too.
The British mom says she needs more money to pay a series of traffic fines. 600 Pounds worth of fines. Who does she think she is getting repeated traffic fines and then not bothering to pay and using the excuse that she can’t afford it? If I can’t afford something then I just don’t do it. If she can’t afford something she just keeps doing it.
Every country should have a social safety net that offers financial support to those less fortunate. I am angry because there are people just like this woman who take advantage of that support and take and take and take and never think about taking care of themselves. People that take more than their fair share hurt the weakest in every economy. Selfish people hurt the weak who are truly unable to support themselves because people like me get angry at the waste and demand that governments crack down on scammers and the lazy. The truly needy get lost in the cracks that open up when governments try to tighten up the regulations around the lazy.
If you decide to read the newspaper article about this woman then make sure to also read the comments. Lots of people in Britain are struggling to pay their bills as the price of everything goes up and they are tired of people wasting their tax dollars. I am frustrated.
This is more a rant than a post involving any financial advice. I worked very hard today and I am tired and sore and mentally drained. I am sure the woman who does not work and has 8 children feels the same but I am paying all my bills and someone else pays hers. Just not fair.