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Really? I haven't seen that here at all. One woman said she wasn't insured because she has a child on the autism spectrum who wasn't getting adequate education in the public school. Another said that she left a job because a coworker was threatening to kill her and the management refused to do anything about it. Another said her husband is disabled and she is working from home in order to be available to her children.      It struck me that we have laws to protect the...
You have a little toddler, right? You're past the stage where the angry face crying means he's hungry, and most of his facial expressions are like an older child's or an adult's. He smiles and laughs when he's happy and cries when he's sad or angry.    A lot of little kids his age get frustrated and have meltdowns or tantrums. They are very hard to manage. It is not a sign of your limitations if you have trouble with them. I'm not doubting your assessment of your own...
OK, I have a question about this story. Was your fiancé married to this woman for most of the years her children were growing up? Did she have a lot of education before she married and chose to stay home 17 years ago? When you say "chooses to live on stamps and assistance," to what extent are her choices in the present determined by her past choice to marry and have four children when she was younger? (I'm assuming this person is your boyfriend's ex-spouse, but maybe...
  Well, we could just give money to families who don't have enough to buy food, and let them buy their own food, instead of humiliating them.   I've been following some of the reaction in the British press for their sudden need for food banks since the government cut welfare in austerity measures. They had no tradition of feeding needy people. Until WWII, lower-income and working class people were typically shorter than middle and upper class people. (And they actually...
  I don't like the idea of reviving sterilization as a public policy. We have a long history, in this country and elsewhere, of government bodies deciding to sterilize women because they are "unfit" in some way--"stupid" or "dependent." When doctors encourage women to accept sterilization, I think that's an abuse of their authority.    Public policies that are really good for society have to make people happier. Taking away the fundamental choice of whether to have...
  We have a massive political agenda to end dependence on government assistance. What we lack is sufficient political will to work on ending poverty. It's really easy to put restrictions on who can get money from the government to live, but it's a lot harder to reduce the actual need for government or charitable intervention.    The US has the world's highest GDP and 20% of the children in the country live in poverty. We have the second highest child poverty level among...
At the moment, according to the Guttmacher Institute which collects data on birth control and abortion, nearly half of all US pregnancies are unintended. Of those, 40% end in abortion. That's WITH the negative propaganda on abortion--50% of people in the US describe themselves as "pro-life." Guttmacher's stats say that 61% of the women who have abortions in the US have another child already.    In spite of the fact that so many of us disapprove of abortion, we have...
On the matter of what educational activities a TANF recipient can do in lieu of a work requirement, remember that TANF is a block grant to states, and rules about what you are allowed to do as education vary from state to state. In some states it has to be vocational and in some, there are programs for people to attend two and four year colleges.    SNAP is also administered by individual states. Some states give the same amount of food stamps to college students as...
  SERIOUSLY? Seriously? You trust the word of a website that promotes the use of payday loans to low-income people as a "resource"? I mean, it's totally accurate to say that the stated reason for the welfare reform of 1996 was to break the cycle of dependency on welfare, but can't you find a better source to bolster your authority in saying precisely the same thing that I've said multiple times over the past 27 pages? Can't you at least go to the federal government's own...
  Yes, you're right, the current system is not designed for all mothers to stay home with their children. It's designed for NO mothers to stay at home with their children beyond infancy. The question at the beginning of the thread was, should there be welfare that would allow mothers to stay at home with their children. I am almost positive that the reason it was phrased as it was, with no acknowledgment that the current system isn't designed this way, was in order to fan...
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