OK, OK … I know a lot of people are having a really hard time digesting U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee‘s suggestion that the benefits many of the poor accumulate under “Welfare” should be re-branded to as “Transitional Living Funds“.
Now, putting aside the fact that few people – other than Liberals – would be tricked by simply renaming a Government give-away to some other seemingly innocuous term, I think Representative Lee is actually onto something!
The key to my intrigue is that very first word.
Of the three primary definitions of the word TRANSITION in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, let’s look at the most commonly used. (The third deals with “musical modulation”.)
TRANSITION: 1. a : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : change; b : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another … 2. an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy … TRANSITION
I think she’s on to something!
Transitional Living Fund would suddenly become exactly what they were intended to be for most healthy individuals not strapped with insurmountable life problems … a means for surviving extremely difficult times in life, where one stares into the bleak abyss of abject poverty through no fault of their own.
Those individuals by definition could now be expected – under this new definition of welfare – to change, to seek ways to improve their lot in life, and maybe – EGADS! – be held to a minimal level of Personal Responsibility!
They might be asked to do what any reasonable person would be expected to do when faced with severe life challenges. They would be given a LIMITED period of time – Let’s say a year. – to TRANSITION themselves towards a better way of life; a plan for their future and their families future success; a job.
After that Transitional Period they would be expected to pass onto a more stringent period of Personal Progress. Maybe they could still receive some of all of their TLF benefits PROVIDED that they continue to follow a program intended to find them a suitable job and their TLF benefits would be offset by whatever wages they are able to earn.
Think about it … Personal Improvement, a way out of the morass of poverty and helplessness. Heck, it even sounds like Progressiveness! And what Liberal doesn’t embrace that term?!?
Nah … It’ll never happen!
But a big “Thank You!” to REP Sheila Jackson Lee for trying!