reply to post by CornShucker
That sounds like a lot of money when you are barely getting by and don't qualify for squat...
Yea, but the simple truth is that this was a 10 year period and there was four people in the family. That's about 200 bucks a month per person over
ten years. Would it help? Sure it would. Night and day difference? Nah.
I mean, for people on the poverty line $200 can be really useful every month. But it's not like these guys walked into the welfare office and walked
out with an escalade.
Heck, a visit to your local food bank will net you more than $50/week in non-parishable food items.
(Something I donate too often. And I don't mind immigrants getting the food. Especially considering 99.99% of them take the food without becoming
I had a low point in my life where I was bankrupted because of a destabilized commodities market. Nothing I could do, I never actually went bankrupt
officially (on paper) but I was flat broke and in debt (worse than bankruptcy). Didn't invest wisely and lost my business. Family helped me out in the
beginning with about $200/month. Around the same each of the family members here got. The difference that money made? I bought a few items that I
might not normally need to get by. Maybe get an extra haircut per month, that kind of thing.
Only problem I have with this story besides the ultimate outcome (although none of us have control over that, the family included it seems) is that
they received help for ten years. If people are on welfare programs like this, there should be some schooling or trade skills programs available to
them. I'd rather tax dollars go to people for something that could upgrade their careers, or give them a career. So in the long term they might not
need the welfare credits.
Only took me 6 months to get back on my feet. Ten years? Something is wrong with the system if people can't get themselves out of the poverty line.
Or, perhaps there's something wrong with the people!
At tax time we not only had to pay back the stimulus money but a little over $200 extra because we were too "well off". Kinda makes a guy want to sit
down and give up...
Stuff like this is really annoying/irritating/disconcerting.
I knew a girl putting herself through med school. She was estranged from her parents, but because they were rich (even though she didn't see a dime)
she couldn't even apply for student loans. Something almost every student receives unless their parents make over a certain amount.
She doesn't even talk to them though! Poor girl works & studies her ass off because of bureaucracy. Should be one or the other. Were talking loans
here, not a free ride.
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