Saturday, August 01, 2009
If you have a job, you can forget about getting any assistance
Time and time again, I have heard the same problem from so many people; They are working hard simply to survive and make ends meet, and when they need a helping hand, such as free or reduced priced lunches for their children in school, they are denied. They are told that they are making too much money to qualify for the free lunch program. In other words; they need to be on public assistance.
I personally know a single mother of two, who works two jobs simply to scrape by. There are occasions when the need for a helping hand arises and she is denied any assistance at all, simply for having pride in herself and holding down two jobs. She refuses to quit her jobs simply to qualify for public assisted programs. All of us who work, pay for these services, yet when we need to dip into the pot from time to time for ourselves, we are refused help of any kind. What incentives are there for workers to remain working? It seems that we would all be able to afford housing and food if we all just gave up our jobs and sat on our asses collecting money from whatever programs are offered to us. I understand that there are situations that do require public assistance, and that working would be impossible for certain individuals, but there are plenty of able bodied persons who simply choose to not work.
Did you know that many states offer free cell phones and service to families on public assistance? Check with your state to see if your paying the cell phone bills of others. I have to pay for my talk time. I could get so much for free, simply by quitting my job and signing up for tax payer provided services. I would never do so however, simply due to personal ethics. The entire point of this article was that those who do work and need assistance once and awhile are denied and that just is not right. We pay and pay into a system that only others can benefit from. That's disgusting. Your thoughts?