you're so close
where you lose me is how you want money to be spent on programs "to teach and help these kids" but don't want what you call "entitlement programs"
are you proposing we do something like have night classes for poor kids to teach them how to manage money and value work or something because lol
I don't pretend to know the solution to this problem. But I do know that providing a lifetime paycheck for doing nothing is NOT the solution.
As long that that dynamic is there, you are not likely to take people from being ok to be supported by welfare to the need to get an education and become gainfully employed.
The parents if these youth are not getting the job done.
I am a 100% believer in personal accountability and self pride as the only solution. But, I realize that many do not have that support group.
I came from a family where my parents did not have college degrees. A family where my uncles/aunts/cousins ate what you would call white trash. Several are very hard working, but many are those who milk the system. So, you can say that my past could have very easily taken me to a different place. Even though my parents did not have college degrees, they desperately wanted that fir their kids. From that, they instilled a culture of working hard in school and that anything other than 100% effort there was totally unacceptable.
That worked for my sister and I but failed my three younger brothers.
One is a 30 year on and off drug addict who lives in a a 5th wheel trailer....one is in prison...and one is a 25 yo mooch living at home letting my mother (who us in social security) support him while he gets good stamps.
Thus, you can see why I don't always buy the argument that a prrson's family life and environment caused them to end up the way they did.