I don't have a problem with people receiving assistance as long as it is not a lifestyle. Meaning, if you are able bodied, healthy, and can work, then
you have no business living on welfare forever. Welfare needs to be for the disabled, elderly, and those who fall into a situation of job loss, and
immediate problems. It should not be for a 20 something year old girl with a hand full of children and no father around, while she collects child
support, tanf, section 8, and snap.
I once lived in an apartment about six years back above a 40 year old woman who was playing the system for all she could. She was getting section 8,
disability, snap, meals on wheels, another food distribution program that delivered boxes of food to her door step monthly, and another program that
helped with clothing and personal supplies. She would also walk to the church a few blocks away and partake of the free meals.
She also had a caretaker come and pick her up in the morning, take her on errands and to the store, and in the evening, a different care taker would
come and take her to a movie, book store, out to eat, or wherever she needed to go. The county paid for that.
One day, I happened to talk to my landlord who asked me if I had any problems with the woman below me and I said i didn't. He informed me that the
last tenants complained of her being rude, and he went on to tell me she was mentally challenged and that the county took care of her. So I was under
the impression that this woman had a lot of problems.
Later that summer, while I was outside, I bumped into her and she acted as normal as could be, did not appear to be challenged in any way shape or
form. We had a long conversation and she stopped and said she had a box of food and wanted to give it to me. I turned it down and told her I didn't
need it. And she laughed and said "You can get anything you want if you pretend to be 'retarded and crazy'. She told me about all of the 'free stuff'
she was getting and that she had been doing it for 15 years.
Really blew my mind. No one can convince me now that people don't know how to play the system.
edit on 25-2-2014 by Aisling because: (no