OH Buzz let me add that some of us do things other than sit on the front porch when we do have some free time. 3 working therapy dogs, regards. Oh and I personally want to quit doing one of their assignments because I'm burned out but Magic isn't and knows exactly what day and time it is and thows a fit if we don't go.
I can see how some would fare better on social services than working in a low-level job.
Imagine that $10/hour is about $20,000/year. Based on our present statistics, of single mothers, if such a mother had two kids how could they possibly live on $20,000/year?
Sec. 8 assistance (which varies by state) might provide an additional $500 or $600 a month to help with rent. So one could add another $6000 or so to income (though I don't think the Sec. 8 assistance would be taxed.) It's likely Medicaid would also apply to such a household. SNAP might also be available to such a family, as well as free school lunches.
I'm not sure how much of the $20,000/year would be replaced by welfare direct cash, but low-income workers do have supportive services to supplement their incomes.
I would agree with Buzz, that social services should direct efforts toward giving people a "hand up", rather than just a "hand out".