No, they are not analogous, and that $60,000 figure is an average based on the total cost to the government which includes a whole host of overhead costs, not what people are actually receiving. People who think that receiving assistance from various programs is the same as having a stable income clearly have no idea how (public, charity, or otherwise) assistance works.
Living in a clean apartment with a good location, plenty of amenities, routine maintenance and extermination, being able to pay for repairs when you need them VS living in public housing where you don’t have enough room, the building is old and the infrastructure is bad, you’re constantly dealing with pests and heating/cooling problems, there’s always something needing repairs but you can’t afford to get it fixed yourself, the buses are unreliable IF there is any public transportation, you have to travel to a laundromat or go to a “laundry center” shared by hundreds of other people whenever you want to wash your clothes. And by the way, this public housing is 30% of your income, not “free”. “Free” housing is when you only have a shelter to sleep at at night but you have to be out at 6 am and the space is limited so you better hope there’s room when you get back, where you can’t take a lot of stuff, where you can’t even take your insulin because “the shelter doesn’t allow needles”. Do you think these things are the same?
Public school lunch consisting of a bunch of bland, disgusting, unsatisfying and heavily processed food with a carton of milk on the side vs a fresh balanced lunch made at home. Are these two things the same?
For a variety of reasons, I only get $400 a month in income. I am a single adult. Because of this, the Department of Human Services decided that I am only eligible to receive $100 in food stamps a month. How much you do spend on food in a week?
Welfare does not reward bad choices. Welfare does not reward anything. Welfare is not a reward. Welfare is not enough to live off of. And if you had read the article you would have seen that it is financial strife itself that causes so many bad decisions.
“ The vast majority of persons living in poverty are physically and mentally capable of performing useful work but choose not to do so for a wide variety of reasons, some valid, others not.”
Where is your data?
“ however, those who should be capable of doing so must be treated differently, in such a way as to instill the work ethic and responsible behavior, perhaps with some counseling, education, training, and oversight.”
Do you mean….the college that people in poverty already can’t afford, and that doesn’t even guarantee a well-paying job? Come on, now.