President Bush said yesterday that 20 billion dollars went to social welfare programs last year.
“His administration awarded $2 billion in grants last year to social programs operated by churches, synagogues and mosques.”
His critics have long countered that he is promoting the view of a highly religious White House, breaking down barriers between church and state and using taxpayer money to promote organized religion.
What happens when religious groups are the only groups that can find volunteers to feed the homeless?
Do you believe that there are sufficent numbers of non-religious groups willing to do this type of work?
When I began grad school in 1994, I had no idea that Newt Gingrich was going to become the architect of “the contract with America,” that was going to disolve social welfare programs as we knew them.
If you believe that the Contract For America was smart, how is giving funding to religious charities any less of an entitlement?
Do you think that the country is better off with his vision in place?
Do you believe that anybody can do a social worker’s job?
If you believe that social work is a valid profession, do you think that somebody who has two years of (expensive) grad school, a license, and several years experience should be making, say $45,000 a year, in a city like New York?
Is that person contributing less to the economy, and societal needs, than a first year college graduate who is working as an Executive Assistant?
I purposely made that a compound question because I don’t know how to factor out contributing to the economy and contributing to society in this case.
If you believe that a religious White House is promoting a religious agenda, how would you want social service organizations to operate?
If these religious organizations pledge to serve all people, not proselytize and/or try to convert people, would you be more willing to accept them, if you believe the above?
Do you believe that trying to help to help the elderly in non-traditional settings is a waste of resources?
Are you happy with social services in America today?
If you are, why? If you aren’t how would you change things?
Do you think that faith based initiatives can produce programs that might help change the way we view and treat oppressed people?
These aren’t loaded questions. I’m honestly confused. I have been since I graduated from my top ranked grad school, and found myself fighting for a job that paid $28,000 a year. It was a very interesting job.
This was in 1996 when people were graduating from college, and expecting to make double, triple or four times that amount. I had graduated from college 20 years before then and had much relevant work experience.
I am a Licensed Social Worker. I have to pay my bills; I can’t do that on a social workers salary.
Social worker’s salaries were the only salaries that I know of to go down during that time frame. I began grad school with one set of expectations and ended up with another.
The fall of my second year, I had been offered two different jobs, when I graduated, in model mental health clinics for the elderly. These clinics closed because their funding dried up.
I’m neither looking for essays nor your answers to all these questions, just some thoughts.
While I understand that Social Workers salaries have gone up in New York, since the time frame that I talk about they are still lower than a recent college graduate’s in most fields.