Trumpbucks vs Trudeaubucks

The difference between the US welfare and the Canadian welfare is obvious once you look at Trumpbucks vs Trudeaubucks.

Trumpbucks dropped into people’s accounts. Even those who, like N and I, are working and getting a good income got their Trumpbucks.

In Canada, people got the same amount (factoring in the currency difference).

But.

Not all people got Trudeaubucks. Only those who lost jobs because of COVID (and can prove that it’s because of COVID and not, say, 3 days before and are now stranded because nobody is hiring, true story) will get the payment.

As a result, industries that are booming (like food packaging) can’t hire, true story. Because people don’t want to lose their Trudeaubucks.

This is extremely typical of Canadian welfare. Which is why I hate Canadian welfare. (Still love Canada, though). Canadian welfare is ferociously cruel towards people who like working. A hard-working person will be stripped raw to pass the money to lazy layabouts. And if a hard-working person falls on hard times, the welfare system will laugh in the poor bugger’s face and say, “hey, but don’t you still have that little piece of property? We won’t rest until we take it away.” (True story).

Yes, it’s extremely rare that you get the US government to drop cash into your account. But they don’t hunt you to the ground and strip you bare like the Canadian government does. The US system is flaccid and too convoluted but it’s not driven by an intense hatred of people who work. I mean, we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and the Trudeau government is obsessing over the remote chance that somebody who was fired the day before the quarantine and not the day after would get help.

P.S. For those who don’t know, I’m a Canadian citizen and my whole family lives in Canada (Quebec and Nova Scotia). I love Canada. It’s the Canadian welfare system that I dislike. I don’t vote in the Canadian elections, though, because I think it would be immoral given that I don’t live there.

4 thoughts on “Trumpbucks vs Trudeaubucks”

  1. Looks like the Canadians and the Australians are talking to each other. Over here the state takes from those who help themselves and helps those who either don’t help themselves, or who don’t want to. They call it a “nanny state”, but I’ve never seen a nanny breaking the legs of people who can walk and then offering free crutches to everyone before.

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  2. We (in the US) do have some public assistance that depends on asset testing: i.e. the value of what you own (including investments, property, bank accounts…) has to fall below a certain threshold, though AFAIK this usually excludes the house/property that you live in. Disability is one of these. If you have the misfortune to inherit a few thousand bucks while living on SSI income, you cannot put that money away for emergencies, or you will lose the SSI… even though that money won’t support you long, and you would then have to go through the grueling process of re-applying for it. On the plus side, the rules do give you a short time-window to get rid of the money, so a smart SSI recipient could use the money to immediately replace an aging car, or get the roof replaced on the house, and not be penalized. So it’s not as bad as it could be.

    However demoralizing assistance is to get through, we have used it a couple of times (medicaid, WIC…), and were pleasantly surprised to find that so much assistance is available without asset testing. That’s about the only good thing I can say about it though.

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