- Oct 30, 2017
Our friend forgets that if he did not pay a bit of welfare, he would have to pay a hell of a lot more to keep people incarcerated for taking, instead of just accepting the little bit we should happily give them.welfare in this country is overwhelmingly "in kind" benefits, meaning the overwhelming majoritt of the miniscule amount of your taxes rhat actually goes to helping the poor (on average less than 100$ per year) is spent on basic necessities with no option otherwise - housing food and meedical sometimes childcare but only if they are working. Very few peopke get any cash and if they do its $160/month per person limited to 5 years out of your entire lifetime. Thats enough to cover toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tampons, maybe bus tickets to get around.. so no need to worry the poor are plenty miserable even with your tax dollars.
There will always be someone at the bottom of our socio economic demographic pyramid.Dude, bingo is a form of gambling. Do you really think it's okay for people to take money they are given for food, rent, utilities and gamble it away???
I grew up poor, and had many a friend and family member who drew welfare benefits, so I have seen first hand how they are. First, let me call BS on JustJess's assertion that it is limited to 5 years of one's lifetime. There are people who have spent their entire lives, from birth to death, living on govt. assistance. One girl's mother told her she needed to have more babies so the family could get a raise in benefits. That was her "job." Having fatherless children.
The few people in the ghetto who actually have the backbone enough to go to school or work are, literally, made fun of by those who don't. Even the ones dependent upon them for income talk smack about them behind their backs. (BTW, Jess, since when are paper towels and napkins as necessary as toilet paper and tampons? In my house, those are luxury items, and when I can't afford them I don't buy them, I go old school and use a dishcloth. And I don't think food stamps covers those things anyways.)
As far as the small pleasures of life, I never have begrudged anyone spending a coupla bucks to rent a movie or buy the kids a box of cookies or whatever, but when you look in an EBT/CHIP user's grocery cart and see nothing but junk food, yeah, it pisses you off.
Somehow they always manage to find the money for that 3-liter bottle of soda, those cigarettes, that beer. How many people on welfare smoke weed? Probably at least half, and that stuff ain't cheap. (Incidentally, when the governor of my state introduced the idea of drug-testing welfare recipients and dropping them from the programs if they failed, there were howls of "racism" for the first couple of years, but now everybody who works and pays taxes thinks it's acceptable, even the liberals.)