I’ll never forget the feeling of disappointment when I received my first paycheck– “Who is FICA and what are they doing with my money?” I was 14 years old, working for a local shop, and had all of $17.00 taken away. I wanted to know exactly where my money was going, what it was being used for, and who it was helping.
Today, these questions still remain. With all of the taxes that the government collects from its citizens year over year, why don’t they seem to make any difference? After thinking about this quite a bit, I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of government programs are either misguided, mismanaged, or both. Tax payers have bee pouring money into our countries problems for hundreds of years and yet nothing seems to get solved.
For example welfare, food stamps and other government programs are largely manipulated by many of their users. I don’t deny the need for such programs, but there is no way that the number should be increasing as dramatically as they have been since 1975. If tax payer money was the solution to America’s welfare problem, then numbers would be declining, not increasing. Restrictions need to be put in place to ensure that those who need welfare receive it and those that are taking advantage of our lax, bleeding heart system are cut off.