Originally Posted by rightkindofme
I don't think I've been snarky in this thread but I can fill you in on why *I* have an attitude about people using government aid. I hear (on the internet) that people who abuse the system are in the minority and the vast majority are hard working people who are down on their luck. Thing is, pretty much without exception my personal experience is that the folks I know (most of them in my family) who are on government assistance tend to be permanent users. They lie, have more kids, and cheat the system in any way possible. I dislike them intensely and as a result I'm not a big fan of people being on government assistance because I seriously don't think I can come up with one person I know who is honest while on assistance. It also doesn't help that most of the people in my family who are on assistance are multi-generational assistance receivers. They have no interest in ever finding a job or getting off the dole. Oh, and almost all of them do an awful lot of drugs--mostly paid for by government assistance.
So that's why I have a chip on my shoulder. I don't actually think that every single person on aid is a loser, I just know so many that it's hard to keep an open mind.
My thought is that government assistance should not be relied upon, abused (obviously), and used only when absolutely necessary.
It's for the emergency situations in life.
We shouldn't get rid of it altogether. I fully support it's use as a tax expenditure.
Society should have a safety net. It's helps us all and keeps society civil and compassionate. I don't believe we should have elder and child poverty, in particular, and any poverty in general. I'm willing to put my tax dollars to that use.
And I'm not too naiive to believe I will never personally need to be on the receiving end at some point in life, particularly in this economy where things can change in a heartbeat.
DH or I could lose our jobs with little notice, or our investments could halve in a short time, or our house could go down $100k in value before our eyes. It has happened to many people.
We need a social safety net. But it should not be abused or over used.