Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Charity Begins at Home

Our local newspaper, the Montreal Gazette, is running a series of articles about the recipients of their Christmas fund. I thought that the articles were written to evoke sympathy for families who are much worse off. I wonder if it's only me, but I find it difficult to feel sympathy for a family of welfare recipients who have been on the dole for 10 years and currently have six children.

The mother originally arrived in 1997 and worked for a year. Then she married and started producing children. In the last 10 years, she has had six, which is an average of one child every 18 months. I don't have a problem with large families. My mother was one of four children and my father was one of five.

The big difference is that they worked hard to support their families.

There is something fundamentally flawed with a system that rewards welfare recipients for having more children than they can afford. Why stop? Each additional child means more revenue for them and higher taxes for me.

1 comment:

Bettina K. said...

In re-reading the article, it is not clear that they are receiving welfare. Perhaps they are living off savings they accumulated before her husband became an economics student? Yeah, right...