I have no problem with the government helping out those who are in need of help, but lets look at something for a minute.
Two and a half families (a financial tale)
Family A: Couple (early 30's), college educated, one child, work full time, no government income, discount health insurance through employer costing
$400 per month. Single Car (1993 Accord).
Family B: Single mother (early 30's), high school drop out, three children, gets disability for headaches, welfare checks, child support, doesn't
work, food stamps, government pays her rent and utilities, full medicaid for her and her children. SUV
Family C (half family): single woman (20), No college, pregnant, no income, does't work, food stamps, full medicaid, lives with Family A, Family A
pays for basics and makes sure she has what she needs.
Family A: Both work 8 to 10 hours per day, Sundays off, some Saturdays off, One spouse spends the evenings taking online classes to further her
education. They must get up early to be sure their child gets off to school, and often go to bed late in order to get everything done that needs to
get done around the house.
Family B: Wakes up in the morning, gets her children off to school, goes back to bed, wakes up again around 3 to get children off of the bus, often
has the oldest child (15) take care of the younger ones in the evening so she can go out with her "friends".
Family C: Helps Family A in the mornings getting their child ready for school, then sits on couch all day watching tv, then goes to bed around 8.
Now for the meat and potatoes of it all.
Family A works hard to provide for their family. Yet they can never seem to get ahead. They can't afford many luxuries. Between basic medical
bills, gas prices, food, and utilities they always seem to just break even if they are lucky. They rarely have time for family and sleep, and never
have a chance to go out. When they shop for food they buy the cheapest stuff. When one of them is sick they rarely go to the doctor because the
"discount" insurance only discounts the visit about $10 dollars.
Recently Family A's Daughter had the flu, and the school corporation requires that any child out of school for more than one day has to have a doctors
excuse. So they had to take the child to the doctor to get looked at. It was confirmed that she has the Flu, but the problem is she is allergic to
amoxicillin and the only other medication that they could give her cost $250.00. The insurance that they pay over $400 dollars a month for would only
pay for $8.50 of the cost. Even though they avoid going to the hospital as often as possible, they still have hospital bills piling up the the
insurance company only paid minimal on or nothing at all.
With just the price of living, they have no money for saving, vacation's are out of the question, and finding free family activities to do is getting
harder and harder to do (when they find the time)
Mean while, the mother in family B lives in a 5 bedroom house which the government pays rent for, seems to go to the doctor every other day to get
"shots" for her "head aches". She does not have to worry about how much a medication is going to cost or having medical bills pile up. Medicaid pays
for it all. Though she doesn't have any savings, somehow her family gets to go somewhere every weekend, and they during to summer go on vacation 4 or
5 times. She often complains she has no money and has the "life owes me" attitude. When she goes to the store she buys the best of everything. Name
brand food. Gourmet coffee, and the money she has left on her food card, she will often sell to someone else for cash.
Now Family C is a single person who is pregnant Living with Family A. Family A is helping her because she is pregnant and she has no where else to
go. However though she doesn't yet get income from the government, and family A pays for everything but food for her, she does get Food stamps in an
amount that far exceeds what family A could ever afford for food. Thus she will buy name brand everything for herself and Family A often has to sit
and watch her eat junk food like crazy while they are only eating generic food. She is pregnant and goes to the doctor every few weeks, medicaid pays
for it, along with the best prenatal stuff.
The woman in Family C helps very little around the house and complains when she is asked to do anything.
So their is the story of two and a half families, and yes I am in Family A and get sick and tired of watching families B and C have the "whoa is me"
attitude, and act like we owe them something. We work our asses off and can barely make ends meat, yet I watch these people cry and whale all the
time, yet they pay for nothing.
No I do not think it is fare that we have to pay thousands each year in health insurance, that often refuses or pays very little of our medical bills.
We can not give our daughter the best health care possible, because we can't afford it. Yet these other two family's visit the hospital or doctor
often and have it all paid for including all medications.
We often have to give up any vacation time we may have just because we could use the extra money to get caught up on bills, yet they are free to do as
they please when they please. Family B gets 3 incomes, welfare (for children), disability (for headaches?), and child support (from 3 different men).
of course she can afford all of these vacations and stuff.
I have no problem with helping out those in need, but seriously they do not need to be buying name brand crap.
In my opinion, the middle class may be yelling and screaming at the lower class of everything, but it's not their fault, it's the system's fault.
If someone needs help, we should help them, but we really need to stop making it so easy. It's sad when I often get jealous of someone getting to
live off of the government.
Sorry for the rant here, but I have just about had it with what we have become as a nation of takers.
Folks this is not a fairy tale, this is reality. Welcome to America
edit on 12-12-2012 by tw0330 because: (no reason given)