a reply to: allsee4eye
So you think that the majority of Americans who are on welfare are poor? That's really amusing. No....the people who are poor in America are the ones
who don't qualify for any assistance, so they work two or three jobs and hold their # together with ramen noodles and prayers. I know a lot of people
on welfare, and only two of them actually need the assistance. By contrast, I know just as many people who desperately need assistance...because
despite working multiple jobs; existing on a pittance, they are still going hungry...and do not qualify.
One of the hardest working people I know is a single mom with four children. She almost never sees her kids because she works every day at one
full-time job and then goes straight to her second full-time job. She doesn't qualify for financial assistance because she makes five dollars too much
each month. Five. Bucks. That five bucks also prevents her from receiving enough food assistance to feed her family. This situation is far more common
than your fantasy of a bunch of poor people screwing it up for everyone else. That doesn't even begin to approach logic in the first place.
In fact, the only way your particular brand of reality makes sense is if the people on welfare are not actually poor at all. It would only make sense
if the people on welfare are deliberately scamming the system. If they are receiving assistance that they do not truly deserve.
Fun fact: poor people don't actually like being poor, and they certainly don't want to remain that way. People who are truly struggling do not sit at
home in abject poverty and refuse to work so they can just continue to go hungry. That is just asinine. Welfare does not make people poor. It does the
Now if you're trying to say that some Americans are receiving welfare when they really shouldn't be, and making free money off all these aggrieved
wealthy folks on the pretense that they are in need of assistance, and refuse to work because it's easier to just take handouts, then you would be
absolutely correct. There are indeed people like that living in America, and they shouldn't be allowed to continue doing it. Because they're not
actually poor at all. So all of the single moms and dads, the disabled, the hungry and homeless, the elderly...all of those folks who only qualify for
a tiny bit of assistance or none at all, are forgotten and lost in the mix. Those are the truly poor people in America, and there are probably just as
many of them as there are of the aforementioned welfare recipients, if not more.
What the President is really talking about are the people who are receiving assistance and cannot pull themselves out of that situation because if
they got a job making even one dollar more per hour, they would no longer qualify for adequate assistance or lose their benefits entirely...like my
friend. And that extra dollar an hour wage is not enough to offset existing expenses, much less existing expenses with the buffer of food assistance
removed. Welfare programs use the gross family income rather than the net, and do not account for rent, transportation, phone service or any
extraneous debt. The only extra things they factor in are water and electricity/gas.
They don't care that most jobs require the employee to have a working phone and reliable transportation, neither of which are free. They don't care
that employers require uniforms and do not provide them for free. They don't care about your car breaking down or sudden unavoidable expenses that are
perpetuating the financial distress. And if you make five dollars too much, or are not disabled or within a certain age group, they don't care if you
and your family starve.
He wants people off welfare because too many people are taking advantage of it, leaving people who are truly in a desperate situation without any hope
of relief. He wants to fix the system so that it is not working against the very people who need it most, while giving funds to people who do not
actually need help at all. He's not mocking people for being poor or condemning them for not being able to "become middle class". He's talking about
helping the people who need it the most, by giving them a real shot at helping themselves. And I agree with him 100%.
When people are doing things like selling $500 in food stamp credit to other people for $250 cash money...and they most definitely are,
routinely...they are not poor. They don't need the EBT cards because they don't need food. When a lady sporting acrylic nails, a fresh pedicure and a
$300 hair color with three kids in the grocery store; all wearing name brand clothes and shoes and carrying an iPhone, whips out the Lone Star EBT
card at the checkout before loading everything into her shiny black Escalade parked outside, it's pretty safe to assume that she probably doesn't
really need that food assistance. Particularly when the food she purchased was shrimp, lobster, steaks...and five bottles of wine and two cases of
imported beer, which totaled almost $100 by itself and which she paid for with a crisp new bill that she pulled out of a stack of more bills. Yet
those are the people who qualify for benefits...when the elderly lady with a cane behind them in line is counting change for a loaf of white bread and
a package of cheap processed cheese.
The system is overrun by people like that, and it's been this way for decades. If those folks had been cut off a long time ago, we wouldn't have such
an imbalance. People who actually need temporary assistance and are in fact working and still struggling would be able to benefit from a hand up...not
a handout, as the system was meant for in the first place. Reform does nothing because it's like putting a bandaid on a broken leg and expecting it to
heal all by itself. The only way to fix this jacked up mess is to demolish it and start over.
If he can do that and implement a system that gives the truly needy a chance at a better life and more solid future for themselves and their families,
then that's something I can get behind. Poverty is not synonymous with laziness, and it is that very attitude that enables those who created the
system. They equate the two, and people simply accept it as fact, when it is nowhere near the truth of the situation. The lazy ones who are dragging
everyone else down are not poor at all. They're taking what is offered freely, simply because they can.
We Americans are living in a world where everything is out of balance. We've got obese people with so much excess of everything, and starving people
who are barely able to survive, living side by side in this country. There is something very wrong with that. There is something seriously awry when
people's first instinct is to judge, condemn and vilify the poor rather than extend a helping hand. To treat other human beings like they are somehow
inferior because they lack a certain amount of income. Like they're beneath contempt simply because they don't make as much money as the guy living
two houses down on the same street.
Money does not make one person any better or give their life more value or meaning than anyone else. I doubt very seriously that our POTUS was
insinuating any such thing...no matter how much you or anyone else try to twist it. Society shouldn't be dominated by the poor, or by the rich or
middle class, either. It should be balanced.