Originally posted by Seany
Just seems to me that this is counter-productive to making people self sufficant
They will never rise above their dependance of the system
The government does not want people to be self sufficient.
Take the woman in this article who makes $800/month for an example. Anyone who knows anything about NYC knows $800/month in NYC is nothing. She has
a baby that needs childcare. There are often long waiting lists for childcare assistance.
The way welfare benefits are figured, they look at gross income. With one child, the benefit is may $200 or around that amount. They take out $30 per
$100 that someone earns from the cash benefit, so 8 times 30 would be $240 deducted. Therefore, even at that low amount, she makes too much money to
receive cash welfare benefits. She might receive a small amount in food stamps, but that's about it. Without receiving cash benefits, someone goes to
the bottom of the waiting list for childcare assistance. Therefore, she's highly unlikely to receive any assistance unless she loses her job. Just
quitting a job to receive benefits will make you ineligible. You have to have a very good reason, and they are very strict about what makes a good
reason, to quit a job. She'd also be on a very long list to get government housing, especially in NYC. The waiting lists can take several years. So
no, the government is unlikely to even help her. Because she is actually working a job and trying to get ahead, the government snubs her. Others snub
her because she's poor and don't help her. Now she's being charged an enormous amount to stay in a homeless shelter.
People are often very blind as to what welfare reform really did to people. Those on welfare are actually impeded from seeking independence while
those with any independence are turned away from receiving help. Those that have a little independence left often lose it without help and thus are
now eligible for benefits. Once you get on the cycle, it's near impossible to break it. But then the five years of eligibilty run out faster than you
think, and you're tossed to the curb. The government does not help people find jobs or anything like they claim to the public. It's all a facade.
And the government becomes wealthy off the lives of the poor that depend upon it at taxpayer expense. About the only thing welfare reform did was help
them go to college, but with the jobs in such short demand, that degree now makes them "overqualified" to work fast food and they actually have a
harder time finding a job much of the time. The government has no interest in actually helping someone to become independent.
Yet, those who thumb their noses at those on welfare like to badmouth them. They're just trying to survive just like everyone else. Not everyone
has the same opportunity in life. And those who criticize welfare recipients often spew these lies about them. They have no clue. For example,
people say that welfare recipients are unwilling to work (aka lazy). There are a small amount that may be unwilling to work, yes, just like there are
some employed to do jobs that refuse to do their work. However, many on welfare are required to work a certain number of hours each week.
Oh, and the education that the states encourage the welfare recipients to get is quite interesting how they treat that. When I was majoring in some
subjects, they were okay with that. After I switched my major to something that was government based, they were definitely upset and tried to get me
to change my major to something not directly government related. Why was that? After I refused to back down, they eventually got tired of hassling
me about it, but many of those in the welfare to work program with me started harassing me due to my major. I think the directors had gossiped about
me to them and these people hated the government so they saw me as an enemy. The government tries to manipulate which degree program you do. Why
would they want to keep the poor from studying about the government?