I surely don't want to stir anything up, but I suppose I should post the other half of my two cents...
I live in a tiny community now, 900 plus or minus a few, and it's one of the "poorest" communities in our state. Many of my neighbors are hard-working folks, who pay their taxes, take care of their families, and when the need arises, look after their neighbors. Then there are other neighbors, MANY of them, who don't work, and they dont want to. They might lose their "benefits".
I hear them talking about it in line at the grocery store or W-Mart. They work the system to get the most money with the least amount of effort. I know one man who purposely kept one of his sons (he'd had 3 of them from two mothers and he had sole custody of all three) on heavy doses of Ritalin for years, just for the "benefits", because he was too lazy to go out and get a job. The boy was a normal. active boy (read full of energy and creativity!), but this father heard one teacher say A.D.H.D., and he knew he'd be able to get money for it.
I worked for almost 20 years at a large municiple utility company before moving out here. My job was data entry for applicants for new service. This is guessing (sorry I never actually tracked it), but probably 65-70 percent of the people I spoke with on any given day listed as their source of income welfare, social security disability, or unemployment. How can that be? They worked the system. They would put service in, run up a huge bill, get disconnected, then call in and put service in one of their childrens name. It went on and on.
There are some studies (I'm sorry but I am not computer-savvy enough to do links) that I have seen that show that less than 50 percent of adults here in the States pay taxes, and taxes are what fund all these programs. We have all kinds of entitlement programs over here; 'You have a problem,...we have a program!' wins the day. My husband ruefully jokes that he's tired of working, therefore he just needs to sit down and figure out what all his problems are and start pushing a pencil around to get "help".
I know there are people who get down on their luck and need help sometimes, but that's not the majority of what I see and hear. I see and hear an entire generation (two now because they are teaching their children) who just don't want to work, and don't want to make do on what they could earn. I do realize that the job market stinks here right now, but this mentality was firmly set way before our economy went so far south.
It's hard to work and scrape for so many years to get by, all the while watching others, who are capable too, take from the "till" and never put anything back. At the rate its going, the whole system will fall apart in a few years anyway...
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on Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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