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Britainís Benefits

January 1. 2009

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (left) America's President-elect Barack Obama (right)

British benefits in the form of financial assistance and housing is quite bountiful for many. Sometimes too bountiful, in the face of hard economic times. For example, a family in Britain is being given roughly $300,000 in benefits per year. That is a waste, as the money could be used to create jobs within Britain.

Think about it this way, for the year, $300,000 could employ 20 people working for $15,000 per year, creating products or working on buildings, roads and schools - strengthening the British economy. Instead it is going to one family that is living lavishly. What a shame, when the money could go to doing so much good for the economy. Multiply that by all the cases of exorbitant benefits and thatís thousands of people that could be employed with cash being given to families that sit at home. 

Considering people on benefits live on the taxpayers' good graces, they should have to move to neighborhoods with lower priced housing and make due with less financial assistance, to accommodate a reasonable and thrifty budget, otherwise find work and pay to live in the lifestyle you deem worthy.

Getting out of the war in Iraq, which the British government states it will do this year, will save money as well. Britain needs to get back on firm financial footing. The country has so much history and culture and it is sad to see whatís happening with the closure of century old stores such as Woolworths.

Once again, by all means, grant assistance to those that need it, but within reason. As I stated seven months ago regarding the war in Iraq, imagine the good the money from the war in Iraq could have accomplished in America building schools, universities and hospitals. A month ago Obama pledged to spend money creating jobs to rebuild and modernize schools, universities and roads, which is better than using it to buy more bombs for an ill-fated war.


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