reply to post by dreamseeker
What are your thoughts on poverty in general?
I think it really really sucks.
Is it caused by the indivual , the government or both?
It depends as there are as many causes as there are people, the increasing prevalence though, I think is a direct result of banks and government and
When you think of disablity,welfare,unemployment and food stamps what comes to mind.
Disabled people should be taken care of by their direct family, it never fails to astonish me that nobody cares for family anymore.
welfare is a
waste of our tax dollars and our resources, it should be limited to those citizens who have worked, paid in and who find themselves stuck in a
position they could not have controlled, it should be very very much limited & capped, and that's the plain truth, same goes for food stamps, and I
am on them, however I have worked since 16 and paid into it, I now can't find a job, but I AM attending school, so maybe I can find a better career.
Unemployment should definately be given to everyone who has worked regardless of the circumstances surrounding the loss of work, we should not have to
keep working at an evil conglomorate like WAL MART just because we fear not finding other work. Suck that, it should be based on all jobs ever and be
a pool like Social Security and disability, it should be the same across the board no matter how long you worked within the year, but how long you
worked in your life, period!!!!
How has poverty been worsened by the recession?
I think it has sent a lot of people to the streets without a home, because of foreclosures, and I beleive it will be harder for those displaced to
find jobs, and I think that because of the recession, many have found themselves ina position where they can't keep their homes.
Have your veiws on poverty changed since the recession and how?
No, I pretty much hold the same view about it as always. That every
situation of poverty is different, some people refuse to work and they cause it themselves, some live above their means and lose everything, and even
some go to jail for fraud and everything gets taken siezed by the government and ends up the remaining family outside of jail gets left impoverished.
And I always thought that it must really suck for those in poverty.
I think I should add that I have seen both sides of the coin firsthand. I know a very near and dear friend of mine that worked her tush off to get
ahead, now has real bad health issues and cannot make it she cannot work. She also recieves SSI but cannot get food stamps, welfare, but they do get
medicaid her spouse got injured on the job and the company had no workmens comp and he pays CS also, and they still cannot work he cannot get
unemployment I think he's on SSI, whatever, but that is not enough to barely make it. The family gave her a Mobile home on their property. But when
the owner dies it will likely be taken away from her. I have also worked at Wal Mart, and been treated like crap by both illegals who are customers
talking crap in their tongue, unbeknownst to them I KNOW SPANISH!!!! Especially the derogatory terms and I have seen them pay with food stamps and
welfare cash as well as whip out fat wads of cash to pay after they have expended all the welfare and food stamp money on the card as well I was being
treated like a POS by the management of the Wal mart. And I was the HARDEST worker they had never got below 90 percent and most of the time above on
performance. But they cut my hours just short of recieving my Healthcare and stuff as well as being not very nice to work with, actually downright
hostile to work with, IMO. So This is why I say there are a lot of circumstances to consider. I don't know how anyone can lump them ALL together.
[edit on 12-6-2010 by ldyserenity]