posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 01:51 PM
reply to post by Desolate Cancer
The very poor have medicaid, section 8 housing, food stamps and many other programs, They have not been affected by the recession it is the middle
class who work and try hard at raising themselves up and being self sufficient who have been hit hardest by the recession.
Yeah, but the rules in place make sure that those very poor can't try to move up and out. It also stops those of us that find ourselves staring at
poverty from getting help.
When the company I worked for went belly up the response everywhere was, "sell your house, cash in your 401ks, sell off any stock you have, empty out
your money market account, sell your cars and buy beaters. Then we can help you." In other words, if you are trying to be responsible and plan long
term, screw you.
When I looked in to going back to school I got the same response. Plus, they told me, "Your wife makes more than $400 a week you guys don't qualify
for any grants."
When I tried to get unemployment they told me, "You were technically an independent contractor. You do not qualify for any benefit."
I barely made it through from 2008 - 2010. Many times if it hadn't been for the charity of family we would have went hungry. This idea that some how
the very poor are well taken care of is crazy. What they are is held in a debt prison that encourages them to stay on the government dollar if they
even want to survive. They aren't taken care of. They are sustained with policies that discourage hard work, saving, or trying to develop strong
family units. They are discouraged from striking out on legal business ventures of their own. They know if the venture fails they have even less of a
I don't think we should be lavishing money on people that refuse to work. However, we need to realize that the current system really isn't a safety
net. It is a method of subsistence that encourages people not to try. It also encourages the destruction of family units and fraud.
Mitt does need to worry about the very poor. We all should. The policies we have in place for them have been destructive. They really do little more
than encourage a subsistence lifestyle that gets passed from generation to generation.