Dear Mitt Romney, I frequently hear people talk about how they are “entitled” to live a certain way but put forth little effort to do so. I see single people without children not working and not trying to work because they feel “entitled” to a better wage than what’s being offered, yet food stamps and medical benefits continue. For every person I hear about needing a job, I see three job openings or more and hear business managers complain about receiving no applications at all for open positions. I see single parents struggling to make ends meet so they don’t have to quit their job to go on welfare, even though their disposable income would be greater. I see honest people working that cannot receive WIC or food stamps because their gross income is too high.

The current system doesn’t take an immediate deduction for full-time daycare that ranges from $500-$1,000 monthly for one child depending on the child’s age and your work schedule. Cut entitlement programs for those who choose not to work and help those who try to help themselves.

Give an immediate deduction for out-of pocket childcare expenses, and calculate the remaining income for benefits. Don’t cut benefits immediately for those who choose to work, set savings goals for households. If goals are met, allow households to continue to receive benefits until they have three times their monthly bills in savings; at that time, gradually cut benefits.

You’ll see more people will be willing and able to work and to maintain employment, and the tax base will increase.

Julia Edwards

Davenport

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