Originally posted by xpert11
Amuk dont get your knickers in a twist
dont wear any, I go commando
I am questioning edsingers opinion that during hard times neighbors should help each other instead of the government welfare system.
The idea great but would would it work in reality? We know that people aren't that friendly in urban areas where most of the population lives.
Unless you get with your neighbor your screwed. edsingers claim that in blue states people wouldn't help each other if you believe that you will
It just so happens you are talking to the right person here on this question. I cant talk about the "Urban" areas because I dont live there but I am
a "blue stater" alto ugh I am not Republican I am Libertarian.
Recently I have lost my job due to complications from a surgery and other ailments i already had. I will probably not be able to ever work in the
manner I used to.
During the first few months the Government had me fill out one form after another and telling me each time I had to see some other department or fill
out another form instead of giving me any help. If I had to depend on the government during that time I would have been homeless before they took the
staples out of my gut.
While this was going on my neighbors paid my utilities, brought by "extra" food they had cooked up, dropped by leaving cash, deposited money into my
bank account, brought sacks and sacks of food, paid my cable bill, my family took turns sending me a check each week just like I was working, etc
Hell I was and still am better off than when I was working.....
But now (after about six months) the Government is stepping in and helping out.
The government was useless in the first six months or so and my friends and family could not support me forever.
The answer is, as usual, somewhere in the middle.
I am not for Government handouts for able bodied people, if I can return to the work force I will as soon as possible. I would prefer some kind of
hand up AKA retraining or something like that to welfare. I have no problem with paying some tax money to help those who by misfortune have fallen
down, but I think the money would be MUCH better spent at the state or even local level rather than federal level.
If I had to have relied on the federal government it would have been about 5-6 months before I received any help. Can most people live 5-6 months
A local program could have sized up the situation within a few days and it could have been taken care of immediately instead of 6 months later after
the person had lost everything they had.
What I dont like, and most others, is the federal program that MIGHT spend 5 cents out of every dollar taken in on the poor that it is supposed to
help. The rest goes for "overhead" like pay raises and fact finding trips to Bermuda for those on the top.
The place I used to work for paid a low wage and still yet almost everyone there was signed up to give 1-10$ dollars a week for such a program (that
helped me the same day BTW). We also used to help build homes for the homeless for no pay, etc.
I dont mind giving money to the poor, I just want to be able to make sure that the poor get it and not some 750,000 dollar a year bureaucrat in