Welfare for good grades? Tenn. lawmaker proposes different approach to aid

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  • pburt Logan, UT
    April 10, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    A TV commentator voiced disdain for this idea this way, "So, the child is doing poorly in school because he is too poor to get proper food, housing and clothing, and we will help him by making him poorer?" This is one of the meanest, stupidest ideas ever! And government-run housing has been tried and failed because mean, ultraconservative politicians cut funding to run it right.

    Also, the amount of money in question is pitifully small. For example, a single mother with two children who receives $185 a month would see her payment reduced to $129.50 a month. The stupid politician pushing this cruelty says, "If your child is failing, parents, you have to do something.” And eat less and have to work more to buy food so you have less time to "do something." Oooo! This just makes me so angry!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 10, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    It is a nice idea, but as the article hints at, teachers will undermine. Teachers will inflate grades and ignore absences for the poor children so that they don't have their welfare cut.

    If Tenn. wants to save money and get people off of welfare there is an easy way to do so. Give the families a box of food (no vouchers) at the beginning of each week. The amount of food will depend on the family makeup. Then, if they need housing assistance, put them into large government run apartment complexes with 2 or possibly 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

    If the poor don't like the conditions, they can always move out and pay for their own place or their own food.