reply to post by Germanicus
Most of your questions have been answered pretty well, but I guess I will add my own opinions and experiences.
For the past year I have worked with juveniles in a wilderness detention program that are sent there by the state for a variety of crimes (ages 14-17,
all male). I start here, because it is my most direct experience of dealing with assistance programs in my country (US). I would venture to say that
80% of the young men that I work with daily come from a home that receives some form of assistance, the majority include food stamps.
I go over each boys file when they are processed in, to gain insight as to how to best interact with them during their time in our program (ranging
from 3 months to 18 months). More than half come from single parent homes, that is if they even live with one of their parents.. in several cases a
year, both parents are either deceased or incarcerated. The ones that do have family that come and visit, have families that come and visit in a car
or suv that I could have bought two or three of my cars with what they payed.. yet somehow they are on foodstamps.. many live in homes that are given
through government programs as well.. with little to no cost to the family. Job title for the majority of these homes: unemployed.. yet their parents
come wearing nice clothes with their hair done nicely.. nails.. etc. All of this is relevant because they receive government assistance out of my
check, and millions of Americans like me.
My wife and I, I'm sure if we looked hard enough could find some form of government help that we could apply for and receive.. either due to
deceptive answers on applications, or based on our needs being higher than what we earn in some cases. The catch is.. we don't need assistance. We
have never asked for assistance, and we have never went without those needs, nor have we went without living a comfortable lifestyle. Are we rich?
Of course not.
My point is.. there are far many more people receiving assistance that don't need it, than do. This is where the anger and frustration comes from..
and it gets worse when we hear the counter argument that "oh, you don't care about the poor and needy".. to that I say.. BULL#. Are there racist
that blame the problems on "lazy blacks" or "dirty, no good illegals"? Sure, but many like me, don't blame the people, black.. white or purple.
It's the system, not that they have created.. but that we have allowed our government to create. A system that holds people back and gives them a
false sense of "help". It isn't help. In the long run, it's a burden that holds many communities around the country back every year.
We have a justice system that isn't fair to minorities, which puts them in a position to fall into the trap of assistance. If the justice system was
fair, and there were no government assistance crutches for people that don't really need them, this country, and the world would be a lot better off.
I would venture to say that less people would be going hungry, because there would be more help going to those in our communities that really needed
the help to begin with.