Social Assistance in its present state, seems to create both a stigmatized social divide and a dependency class among the recipients of such assistancei. Recipients are further punished financially for any effort to improve their median quality of life. The reform of social assistance programs must be implemented in such a fashion as to provide financial reward (and thus, incentive) to improve the median quality of life and not punish such ambitions on the part of the individual. Furthermore, such programs should be implemented in such a fashion as to provide for those who are incapable of becoming productive and contributing members of society without financially punishing the people who are the producers and the driving factor behind the growth of the communities. One additional benefit of the social assistance programs as structured within the Integrated and Adaptive Community Developments is the ability to diminish or eliminate the normal stigmatization of being a recipient of social assistance.
In the opening phases of construction of the Community Developments, the vast majority of the construction will be utilized to provide viable jobs and job skills for the formerly homeless and indigent classes ... or underclass citizens. If there is any drawback to this method of organization, it is that very few of the indigent families who need further support to overcome debilitative restrictions will be able to receive proper or necessary levels of assistance in the opening phases of construction. The original builders, though indigent, must be those who have shown a propensity for at least attempting to improve their median quality of life and who will not require the additional assistance that will require a more advanced community and support infrastructure.
There are many families who are effectively homeless and/or indigent for no other reason than that they were poor or naive. Many of the underclass people exist who have been bankrupted due to medical costs or unscrupulous lenders or for other causes beyond any reasonable control of the individual. For these people, there will be ample opportunities to learn numerous marketable skills at the same time they are provided with housing and a means for earning a living for themselves and their families.
The opening phases of construction will require immediate housing and at least a minimal level of infrastructure within the community itself. This will include stores to provide for the workers, restaurants and other necessities even as the community is being built. These locations will be used to provide at least a limited amount of initial training for those people, all in accordance with the results of their aptitude batteries, though still leaving as many viable options open as possible for each and every individualii. As such, when “normal” people begin moving into the new community developments on a more large-scale basis, the formerly homeless and indigent will already be established within the communities. In essence, the “normal” people will be moving into an existing community with no preconceived notions or ideas about who may or may not have been homeless and there will be no “wrong-side” of town where “those people” live.
While the formerly homeless and indigent may receive continued support in the form of sociological assistance to more fully integrate into society, there will be no real stigma attached to being from the wrong side of town or being homeless or dependent on others for a means to support the family. Furthermore, the community will quite literally be one that they have built from the ground up. In essence at least, these people will be building their own homes and allowing others to move in as their new neighbors, again, reducing any potential for social stigma.
The additional programs for social assistance including most (if not all) of the basic necessities of life, will be made available to all of the people within the community developments who are voluntary members of the association. These services would likely be processed through debit cards, controlled and regulated in some cases, through the same processes in place to protect and secure the EBT cards currently in use in the US markets. Thus, there would be none of the current issues as are faced by someone utilizing social welfare in shopping or in other purchases as everyone would effectively be drawing their allotted goods and services in the same fashion.
Food distribution will take place through grocery stores, restaurants and other locations so as to allow for each and every individual to utilize the same means. Thus, an affluent family with their own monies, may very well be paying with the same community issued debit card in the same restaurants as a formerly indigent citizen, with nobody knowing or seeing any recognizable or identifiable differences that would label either one or both as “welfare recipients”.
These same principles would also be made available for shopping in the malls and other local business interests owned by the foundation, again utilizing the same debit cards, likely to be established by the Private Hedge Fund. This would all be quite easily managed by the Private Hedge Fund as part of its ordinary operations on behalf of the investors in the fund.
In such a way, eliminating any identifiable aspects of someone spending income earned through gainful employment as opposed to someone spending funds provided as part of a social assistance program, there would be scarcely any cause for anyone to question any of the transactions, or to create any uneasy feelings or disconcerting stigmatization on part of the recipients of social assistance.
Additional options would always be made available for sale as only one of many incentives provided to encourage people to improve their own lives. Likewise, additional services will be made available in the form of child care, tutoring, educational support and in other areas so as to prevent any burdensome restrictions preventing the ability of the individual to improve their personal life.
i It is difficult to imagine that some of the greatest minds in the world ... or even governments for that matter, could have come up with so many social assistance programs so similar in nature around the globe without at least some inkling of an idea about what the results would be. The reality of the situation is that there has been a dependency class of citizens created who not only feel entitled to “money for nothing” in far too many cases, but who are punished financially for trying to improve their lives and rewarded for bad or detrimental behavioral patterns. The resulting patterns of economic and sociological behavior seem to purposely foster a dependence on government and social assistance. It is difficult to imagine that such a program would continue unchecked if it were not by design.
ii The aptitude batteries must be highly specific and even though they may lose some of their effective capacity in translations, especially in translation to some of the more limited dialects, they are used as key indicators to provide people with as wide a selection of options as possible within areas where it is foreseen that they will have a better chance of success.