[iup=3577291]Fatal Exception[/iup] wrote:[iup=3577276]Eighthours[/iup] wrote:[iup=3577217]Fatal Exception[/iup] wrote: Is coming from a poor family a lifestyle choice? Because you seem to think it is.
No, it isn't a lifestyle choice. But neither is it your 'right' for the State to fund you to move out of the family home, just because you want to live elsewhere but don't have a job that allows you to afford it yourself. It's what you said earlier: The benefits system should be based on NEED.
This is such a selfish attitude to have. It should be the 'right' of everyone to get the same opportunities in life. Benefits should help to increase social mobility, not just act safety net.
It's not selfish at all, what is selfish is to expect other people to pay for your lifestyle choice. The benefit system was designed to be a safety net, nothing more. Everyone has the opportunity to get a job, save up money and move out. We all get a free education and a health service that is free at the point of use. Everyone has opportunities.
It's easy to argue what people do and don't 'need' when you want a race to the bottom for the poor on the grounds that it might be cheaper. I'd argue that moving living on your own is an essential part of development. I really don't think you understand how hard it is for some people to continue living at home, I guess because you're lucky enough to have had a childhood free from poverty or abuse.
It's not a race for the bottom at all. 18-21 year olds have plenty of time to live on their own. Life is hard for many people who have moved out of home and have other challenges more deserving of the State's money.