Is The Welfare State Kind – Book Report/Review Example
Is the Welfare Kind? The question that asks whether the welfare is kind or not, has been confusing many individuals in the current world. The individuals being offered with welfare state believe that the welfare state is kind enough. But with some facts that analyze this welfare state, a different take can be taken. For example when it comes to health care unit, individuals have to pay for the taxes and other funds. This is known as health insurance and this is when the welfare will stand for the hospital bills if the individual is unable to pay for the bills. In Singapore, individuals have to save and provide needs which is a government’s responsibility. For example they are supposed to save for retirement, housing and save for educational. Towards health care, they save through Medisave. The government then subsidizes the hospitals in that the individuals have to pay for the remaining bill. In USA, social welfare spending is paid for by regressive taxes. This is not kind since this is not about redistribution but collectivism (Marx 204).
`As for the private sector, they intend to change behaviour of the individuals so as to eliminate poverty among individuals. But for the public sector, it enforces on the behaviour thus making the need for relief to be permanent. The main theme to take in consideration is about charity and welfare. For example in Boston, there are many charities that offer food, shelter, clothing and other services but for these services needs something in return, like helping in serving food in the morning or food time. Either there are other organizations that offer same services in that most lived off of food stuffs. All was to enroll for the services and wait for the check in two weeks. It is not that these programs don’t help, they do help but the outcome does not drive poverty away. That is why the private sector charity is kind but the welfare state is not kind (Marx 234).
Marx, Herbert The welfare state. New York: Wilson, 1950. Print