The idea of having universal healthcare, housing, transportation, food, all sounds great in theory. However, these services result in a lower quality product, because efficiency and cost take priority. What politicians need to start thinking about before creating a new social program is instead of referring to it as “universal”, refer to it as “for those in need”.
Many young people think that these social programs, which are intended for those who are truly desperate, are for them too. The average upper-middle-class young person out of college will have debt, that is true, but they need to understand that they put themselves into their financial situation (specifically the wealthy and upper middle class). Some do not understand the consequences of going to an expensive university, because they thought they would make a greater salary by attending that school, and want the government to fix their mistake. If they made the better financial decision for themselves earlier, then a handout like a student loan forgiveness will help those who actually need it, like lower-income students who are struggling to pay for community college or a state university. Fewer people participating in a social program equals more money and more resources to go around.
The worst part about many of these proposals for programs is that affluent people are under the impression that they are being virtuous. It is, in fact, the opposite with some young people, who are being selfish with their intentions. They want their needs taken care of with government programs, and have America’s hardworking pay for it. They do not want free college tuition to give more opportunities to those less fortunate, but for themselves, so they can walk out debt free.
This simply perpetuates the reality of how the Democratic party is using vulnerable people as scapegoats and letting them have the leftovers of social programs created for their personal interests. Instead of leveling the playing field, which weighs the successful down, redistribute the government’s resources to focus on bringing the percentage in crisis up.
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