It seems that a lot of money seems to be spent on entitlements recently (welfare/housing/food stamps/ etc.). I am the type of person who refuses to take handouts like this unless I am starving to death, and even then it would be a struggle to get myself to do so. I know people who are getting paid close to $400 weekly for getting fired from a job and deciding not to look for another job because it is easier to sit back and collect the money than working. With this income, many low paying jobs would bring in less money per week than that. It gives no motivation for people to get back to work.
I'm not an economist, but was thinking that it would be a good idea to pass legislation that makes it mandatory for all entitlements get paid back. Whether it could be considered a limited interest free, or interest-bearing loan. Have it be paid back by taking a percentage out of paychecks when people finally do get back to work.
Would something like this make any dent in the budget problems our nation faces?