Since we're on the topic
I have a similar complaint. Here in our small town of just over 200 (gasp- it used to be 350), our only doctor is paid $250,000/yr to treat about 5 patients per day, for about 35-40 weeks/year. The great majority of patients come in for things like a sore throat and headache (I know someone who works in the clinic), the great majority of whom are not recieving any kind of assistance from the government. The dr is not lisenced to treat emergencies- we have medics for that. We have socialised health care and you bet I find it completely ridiculous that people are costing my dh his wages to inform the dr that they don't feel well, who could just as well stay home and drink a glass of water. So us, receiving child tax benefits are leeches, not 'taking care of ourselves', but the ones costing our small community $250,000/yr for total negligence of their own health, but are 'entitled' by the same system ARE 'taking care of themselves?'
Our child tax benefits are far less than most families receive in 'care' from physicians every year. Nice. Not to mention, when I was eligible for maternity benefits (which are under employment insurance here- and therefore another 'assistance program'), 4 yrs ago, the amount I received every month was within one dollar of the amount that was taken from my dh's (very meagre) cheques every month. Nice, again. I should mention that my dh was counseling youth in a custody rehab centre for drug and alcohol addicts- certainly not worth more than $13/hr, right? Who needs healthy, productive children who will be our next generation of well, everything?
I write that with tongue in cheek as though our pay scale is measured by true need and value contribution to society... yeah right.
It's funny to think of what a 'drain' we
are on the 'system' when, if it is actually calculated, we cost taxpayers a whole lot less than most two-income families whose $$ 'contribution' is less the more they make. Triple nice.
I think the whole thing is messed up and in my little ideal world, we would all spread out over the land, and homestead because crowding and industry are what allow for this situation to persist. Dh and I worked out that he works 15 hours/week just for food. 15 HOURS! I said, why don't you just get a part-time job for utility bills and stay home, fish and help me with the garden. It wouldn't take more than 15 hours per week and oh my! wouldn't you rather be FISHING than behind a desk being belittled and used? It would actually put us ahead
if he stayed home much more and we just did more for ourselves!
We'd also be 'contributing' less though, of course...