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You have a smartphone? Apple or Android? So you thought this was already happening because you had to renew your app??? You have apps on your smartphone and downloaded the update...right? You can afford a few hundred dollars for a smartphone and about $70 per month for the service but need money from us to feed you?
originally posted by: dawnstar
after my husband passed, I was told that the only thing they could help with with was food stamps. It took me close to a year to get social security to confirm what I knew for years, that I was disabled. I just couldn't afford the doctor's costs. so that was a long time to go trying to live off of what I could sell in the house.
but, my point is, for some of these people, this might be the only help they are getting, and well, a women who's been a stay at home mother most of her working years and decides to just stay home because hubby's earnings seem to be sufficient might just find herself facing some hard times if her husband happens to pass away suddenly.
I'm sorry, but if can't find it in our hearts to feed our own unemployed poor, regardless of weather or not they have dependents, then we have no business spending millions shipping goats to afghanistan, increasing the sales of hand-knotted Afghan carpet, and all the other insane stuff they spend money on!
6.Last but not least. You may need welfare one day. Have a university degree? Work in a professional job? Everything is brilliant and nothing could ever go wrong? Make sure you don't fall ill with a degenerative illness. Make sure your insurance is paying out and not declining your share because of [insert excuse by insurer]. Make sure your spouse can look after her/himself if you snuff it. In a perfect world you would have accounted for everything but life isn't that simple. If you lost your job tomorrow, with no chance of ever working again, would you manage to survive? And if not, do you prefer welfare and a roof over your head or the gutter?
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: Komodo
Okay, this is in no way meant to be offensive to you personally, but this is a good thing overall. Yes, there are some that this will affect who are, as the lady toward the end of the video says, struggling to find work while putting forth a consistent effort to do so.
But, I would argue, many, if not most, who will be affected by this change are apathetic people who would prefer to receive their check on the first of the month and not have to work, even if that means living in relative poverty. Hell, many of those who receive said check (or EBT deposit) DO have under-the-table jobs where they don't report their income, and they still get benefits as well...or they have jobs to which the local cops would be more than happy to be privy.
My point being that there are some necessary and appropriate cuts to welfare systems that need to be made. No, they're not all going to be perfect, but those who fall through the cracks during things like this will hopefully make it known and that problem will get fixed. But, whenever it comes to a hard line cut-off of any program, there will always be those who fall through the cracks, and there will always be those unhappy with the changes, and therein lies the problem with liberal (not in the political sense) social welfare programs--once you start them, it's very hard and often painful to whittle away at them.
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: Komodo
So they cannot find work. You mean to tell me they also can't join a job training program, or do volunteer work?
Hard time finding any sorrow in this case.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: dawnstar
Believe it or not, I do an annual survey of my yard and we do have plenty of edibles...many people don't, however. We are also in an area with plenty of deer, squirrels, birds, rabbits, fish, etc. We will not starve.
Others might - depending on where they live, and how over-worked or poisoned their 'yard' is.
originally posted by: Psychonautics
I don't need to walk in anyone else's shoes, I have a legitimate disability, I'm stuck with extremely expensive housing options ( I currently pay $1660 rent per month for a typical two bedroom, not counting electric ) I work two jobs and do everything in my power to get things done, even on days where my back pain is enough to make someone keel over in pain, because it's life, it's tough, it's survival.
originally posted by: queenofswords
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: queenofswords
well, one kid has been going to college through his vet's payments, the other son, well, he's been working off an on, construction, only one employer hasn't yet paid him, and the other, well, didn't really work him more than part time. as far as the job training, I am not sure it would help that son, his income is low, but it's also not enough for him to support himself, so, and well, there's been months where his little bit of income made a difference here, but I think they'd consider all of our income and just deny him on that. he's got a good job at the moment, hopefully it will continue.
and well, next week I will be getting survivor's social security payments, which will be enough for me to hold my own. But, that's been over a year with next to nothing for most of it and not really enough to keep a roof over my head the rest of the time.
and no, I kept telling my kids not to have kids till they are able financially to take care of them, and they listened.... now, I don't think I will ever have grandkids!
Glad to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel for you. Sometimes the hills and valleys of life can be like a roller coaster, especially if you linger too long in those valleys. The uphill climb can seem slow and arduous.
I know a young couple going through one of those "valleys" right now, and it makes it extra hard financially when they are both smokers and spending almost $500 per month on cigarettes alone.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Aazadan
We all want our lives to be easier.
Where you an I part company apparently is where I want to make my own life easier and you want someone else to do it for you.
I was taught that no one else owes me anything.