I view temporary as just that temporary- not a life style - it's really very simple - if you have a child and don't go back to work with in 3 months because you want to be on assistance, I really feel you are making a life style choice because I have seen it happen over and over again- it's years if ever if you work again. If you were not getting any assistance you would have go work in most cases. When you grow up being on assistance and turn right around and do the same with a baby at 16 and you still are on again, off again come 30-i't s life style, if you are lucky you might do some part time here and there and if you get hurt you are in disability.
I know a lawyer who does nothing buy disability- he is doing wonderful, you wait weeks to get into him and it's all commission. That's a whole another story. Even short term disability, my DH is going 17 years where he works, he is only one of 8 that has never gone out on any disability or gotten a settlement from his company. I have been to houses to see settlements - pools, addition, hardwood floor- all legal but still abuse of a system.
If you are on three plus years, your life style is set in a pattern and most don't do much to change that. It's a great line to say when they go to school I will go back to work- that turns into another excuse and another, and this also happens often to mothers not getting assistance, they often never go back to work until they get a divorce. I have see no great successful stories in real life with those who receive assistance. I have seen family where it is a way of life because so many members are also on, you go on between husbands, you go off, it's a circle.
I worked years doing staffing-I dealt with illegal immigrants, false papers, and ton and tons of people on assistance - all kinds. I have seen my fair share, this isn't just something I have stumbled on in recent. Very little has changed in the last few decades, time frames of only being allowed on for a few months only mean more ways to get around it or going off and oh, I'm pregnant and back on.
What I really have seen is change as far what and how people get away with things and attitudes that personal responsibility is no longer needed.
The bar as been lowered for so many things- this also being one of them. 30 is considered being a kid and no need to grow up and take care of a child yet in many eyes.