And what about financial assistance for college? I think THIS should be mandatory! I think every person should be allowed to go to college, whether they be poor or could afford it themselves. After all, you are not going to make a living working at Taco Bell or what not, you need an education to get at least a job that pays 2 bucks over minimum wage. How else are these people going to learn how to have a career if never offered the education. Should they not be able to go to college because they are poor?
I grew up on welfare and foodstamps and my mother was a single mother. She worked her butt off for us, working both days and nights as a hostess for the local Hilton. She did not sit on her butt, she worked for us. We still did not make enough, and we were lucky if we received a stuffed animal for Christmas. I don't think people should be judged on a few wrong choices. I too would help pay with my taxes people like my mother and father, no question about it! We are currently on food stamps, about $157 dollars a month. Not to long ago Dan lost a lot of hours at his workplace as business was just not booming as usual. It has been exteremely slow for PrintWear this year. He usually worked several extra hours during the summer, but this summer it has been dead. They lost a BIG business which was the Seven Feathers Casino, that was half of their revenue each year! We don't sit on our butt, we get out there and work, and work hard for our money! We don't buy good expensive clothes every week, I am lucky if I can get a new T-shirt every few months. Luckily I just got a big settlement which is allowing me to spend a few dollars on myself and my son, and fixing my house up.
Most of my sons clothes come from Target or are hand me downs, is that bad, no? I know how to budget my money, and don't go spending $100 dollars on little toddler shoes when I could get ones just as cute at Target. So, my point is, I would support anyone who really needs it with my tax dollars, because I know how it is, I have been there.
I WILL NOT however tolerate people who do get assitance and abuse it. For instance, my boyfriends (no I am not married, nor do I think I should be at this time) sister who has a 2 and a half year old son. She was 17 when she had her baby, and the father was 16. She did finish school, which is a good thing, but she is on welfare and other assistance. She drives a nice car, which she is always adding things to, such as new paint jobs or neon lights, has Adidas shoes and Tommy Hilfigger clothes for herself and her son, constantly buy things for her room such as new beadspreds with her welfare money!
She has every cd she ever wants etc. That is what her money goes to. She only works two days a week!
While I am sitting here working 5 days a week, and Dan 7 and we use our money on things we NEED. Food, utility bilss, diapers, clothes we need, not want etc. We don't drive fancy cars, or die our hair every month (although last month Dan treated me to a cut, style and color after my bird passed away and I had a bad day), or get our nails done. I shop responsibly, and look for deals. If I want a certain brand of shirt I go to Ross, where the prices are cheaper.
This way, we can save more money for outings spent with family and our son, such as camping or taking a trip to the local waterfall. We like to spend the money on things that are going to make our family bond more, and it's working. We pay our bills on time and always have food in the fridge. There are several things we sacrifice but it's well worth it. Once I am finished with college we will no longer need foodstamps or any help, and right now that is my main goal.
I have been lucky as my son is not going to grow up the way I did, granted my mom did her best, but growing up on welfare is not the best life.
But one more thing I would like to add, I also believe that health care should be available to EVERYONE! I am a big believer in everyone getting healthcare coverage. Of course, I also believe you should work and if able, pay for it yourself. Our foodstamps end this month, as we no longer need them. Other people might thing abusing the system if fun as they can use the money to buy a bunch of things, but it's much more rewarding when you can do it yourself!