Posted by bad_luck on 9/18/2012 7:48:00 PM (view original):
Encouraging people to take advantage of assistance they qualify for is a good thing. It's like advertising that sick seniors can get health coverage through Medicare.
This I agree with 100%.
I think the govt should step in and help at times. Especially in a recession, when people who have worked their whole lives find themselves unemployed and need assistance.
My problem is with the Sharon Jaspers of the country. People who think welfare and govt. assistance is a way of life. Those are two totally different issues. Assistance is one thing, reliance and dependence is quite another.
See what Sharon says which is bolded below. The passing down of the idea that work is bad and a free ride is something to aspire to.:
She has lived in Section 8 housing all but one of her 58 years. This legacy was passed down from her parents, who moved into Section 8 housing in 1949 when Sharon was six months old. She has passed the legacy down to her own children, but fears they may have to get jobs to pay for the utilities and deposits that Section 8 is now requiring. She laments about her one year hiatus from the comfort of her Section 8 nirvana: “I tried it for a year… you know… working and all. It’s not anything I would want to go through again, or wish on anyone in my family, but I am damn proud of that year
So even though she can state that she is "damn proud" of that year, she is so brainwashed with the entitlement mindset, that she can't really appreciate the satisfaction that comes with earning your own way. She wouldn't wish it on anyone in her family?
That is the wrong message to send to anyone, and does nothing good for them.