One is, surely with the point I presented, there would be no welfare and no tax?
Second is, most people (in the UK) do actually receive some kind of welfare.
Third is, universal income is a thing which is being researched into currently and so far there has been nothing to suggest it would cause people to be lazy and a lesser productivity.
Again, bringing morals into an argument it has no place in. But OK I will play your game. It is morally reprehensible to have to tax decent people even more of their hard earned money so they can constantly check that those on benefits aren't spending it on whatever. You see how bogus the moral argument is?Not everything revolves around money, often laws must be enforced for a moral point than for financial reasons. It's morally reprehensible to tax decent people who work to pay for the drug habits via benefits or healthcare of junkies.
I mean, you can since we have had 2 very widespread and harmful drugs on sale for many years. In addition, outright legalising and allowing the selling of marijuana, for instance, has proven to be very effective in generating tax and isn't a health hazard.Sure, but you can't have drug decriminalisation with free state healthcare.
One or the other, and I think the public would pick keeping the NHS over letting junkies even more off the hook.
Maybe we should do lie detectors on people who receive benefits and ask if they are spending their money on takeaways instead of home cooking? x Sick of my taxes going towards someones weekly £30 Chinese food!
2 - Are a lot of people low income in general? Or how does it work there?
3 - I guess the thing for me is just making sure that people aren't living on a career of welfare. I have a some family members that live off of welfare and make no attempt to better themselves and spend it on smokes which really drives me up the wall.
2, various means of welfare. Aside from the obvious unemployment and disability benefits, there's standard child benefits available to everyone with children (soon to have limits put in place); free childcare at ages 2-4 if you meet certain criteria; various tax credits if you earn (or in some cases, your and/or your partner) earn below a certain threshold; "free" healthcare etc. It is also arguable if the UK state pension is welfare. Most people will access at least one of these at some point.
3, I can't speak for the USA, but it's really not that easy to do in the UK as much as the tabloids here like to make out, especially when the new child benefit restrictions come into place. The only problem I have with benefits is that morbid obesity is apparently a legitimate disability. And if people really don't seek to better themselves, then that's a whole issue in itself.