posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 07:55 PM
This is just a hunch, but I bet when all is said and done, they will determine that it was employee ineptitude that caused this snafu. That will be
the official story. However, on camera, one of the DHHS employees admitted that they had suffered a cut in their funds. Could also have been a
creative way to shift funds temporarily. I will be interested to see how this plays out.
As far as the benefit recipients, I would like to add my two cents to the fray. It is very difficult for a single parent to work full time when they
have young children. Even two parent homes can suffer because one parent needs to be there for the kids. Now there are those who will say, "they
can put those kids in child care". Really. Only some states aid some families with child care costs. I was working when my daughter was small, we
were fortunate to find a private party to watch our daughter for about half the rate of a standard child care facility. We were fortunate enough,
with both of us working, not to have to request assistance. Others are not so fortunate.
The jobs that are available for people in the circumstances to receive aid are usually minimum wage or slightly over and provide less than 40 hours a
week. At $7.25/ hr. for an average 32 hour week that is Gross pay of $232.00. When I paid child care for my daughter 13 years ago that was $90.00
per week when the going rate was $150.00. How many families can make it on $150.00 per week for all expenses, or even with two incomes $382.00 using
my 13 year old amount for childcare costs? And lets not even consider the harm caused by children being raised by strangers.
I agree the system is seriously flawed. It enables people to ride along not contributing. But everyone in the system is not a freeloader. And you
absolutely cannot judge a book by its cover. Just because someone looks "fit enough" to work, doesn't mean they are. There are many illnesses and
medical conditions which work on the inside not the outside.
Now, back to topic, just imagine if you were the person expecting your funds to be there today so you can go grocery shopping for the items that were
used up five days ago. Regardless of why you were at that point, how would you feel about it. The system has created the dependence, our society has
allowed it by not giving a damn about the less fortunate and allowing the government to subsidize these people instead of the families, programs and
churches who used to have that task.
The habit has been fixed and getting off the drug of assistance is just as hard as any other addiction because there is not a bridge from assistance
to full time work that I know of, anyway. And, of course, there are the baby mommas who do it for the source of income. But THAT is another story.