Brave New World Order for Welfare Folks!

United States
September 7, 2010 2:43pm CST
How about the idea of turning New York prisons into Welfare dorms? You like that idea? Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino indicated that he would turn some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients. They could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in "personal hygiene." Of course it would be voluntary. Guards would be retrained into counselors.
3 responses
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
8 Sep 10
Welfare dorms seem to me to be a weird idea, especially since these welfare dorms are converted prisons. Then guards turned into counselors, really. I am having a hard time picturing prison guards making very good counselors. Granted this scheme would be voluntary. One thing lacking is a price tag for this venture.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
8 Sep 10
Bureaucracy begets bureaucracy. Shalom~Adoniah
• United States
9 Sep 10
If you think of all the money that goes out to people on welfare for housing, food, and medical, it seems like it would be better controlled.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Is that what you believe this country should come to...segregating the poor in former prisons where their day to day living can be controlled? Where someone in authority decides what they eat and when, what doctor they see and when, when they're allowed to leave and what time they are required to return? Does that even remotely resemble a free country to you?
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
7 Sep 10
Welfare dorms? Since the majority of folks receiving welfare are women with children, I wouldn't recommend a refurbished prison as a good place to raise a poor child. There is already enough stigma attached to just being poor...add living in a *prison* to that and the end result will be a bunch of messed up kids.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
8 Sep 10
I'm 55 and I don't recall learning much about debtor's prisons when I was in school...other then there were a few in Virginia. Maybe I wasn't paying attention when the details were discussed which was entirely possible. The issue of segregation popped into my head while I was reading your comment. This is a different kind of segregation, based on income instead of skin color, but segregation nonetheless...and just as unacceptable.
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Sep 10
brilliant idea. add even more stigma to being poor in an already class conscious and stratified society. you ever read dickens? you wouldn't really like victorian england you know
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
8 Sep 10
Yes, the infamous debtors prisons. I don't think they teach that in the States anymore. It might offend the delicate minds of the little children...Hogwash.. Shalom