Originally posted by WTFover
I am assuming, of course, that you differentiate between those who can't help themselves and those who simply won't.
I've been "poor" in my life. Extremely poor. Living on a public beach for two straight years without a home, car, job, family or friends
the poverty line, for certain. Starving
every day, for certain.
In all that time, for two straight years, I never
begged. Never stole anything, never committed a crime. Most importantly (for me), I
applied for welfare relief nor any other type of government assistance.
Rather, I took day jobs
, the sort of employment where you show up at a new place every day at 7:00 AM, talk to the boss, then go out and do
whatever the hell he tells you. At the end of the day, you collect a few dollars in cash — no paperwork, no tax withholdings, no official record
that you even exist. It's the bottom of the barrel. You might be sweeping the parking lot down at the dog pound one day, picking oranges in an
orchard the next, hosing down a fishing boat the day after that.
This is how I survived, it's how I ate
and purchased a few clothes now and then down at the Goodwill resale shop.
Now, in the course of this two-year ordeal, I met a lot
of really, really poor
people who didn't mind an honest day's work. I
sometimes even worked shoulder-to-shoulder with illegal aliens in watermelon patches and other agricultural produce venues. These people were all
poor, and very
hungry, but they were some working
sons of bitches, just like myself.
On the other
hand, I also
of "poor" people — whole neighborhoods full of them, in fact — who were perfectly
and perfectly sound
of mind and body, but who would not work
to save their asses. They lived in homes
, unlike me,
they drove cars
, unlike me, they ate regular meals
, unlike me, and they collected monthly checks from the government.
I was poorer
than the "poor" in America, and they
were living rather carefree
lives compared to mine. They were
living on the doll, they were comfortable
exchanging free food stamps for their meals, they were comfortable
spending their welfare checks on cable TV and Colt 45 malt liquor, and they were comfortable never lifting a finger
to work or earn a
Oh, hell, they were having a high old time
compared to me. Fact is, out of all
the scores of "poor people" I knew who were receiving
government assistance, I could count the number of those disabled
on the fingers of one hand.
Even as groveling poor as I was, it made me sick to think about how much money
out of the American government by the
of the "poor" who simply DON'T WANT to work
So, yeah, I distinguish between the welfare frauds and the truly needy — and it's my educated opinion
that the GREAT MAJORITY
those receiving welfare and food stamps and free housing are FRAUDS
who should be forced to work
or they should be tried,
from the truly needy.
— Doc Velocity