I find it insulting when people use the “you hate poor people” argument. I’m sure that
ANYONE on this board would agree that if you are honestly and aggressively looking for work, and intend to try your damndest to stay employed, that a little help would be a great thing. The problem exists when people (and a lot more than you think) are professional government leaches, and completely abuse the system. The same people who throw around the propaganda that anyone who is against our current forms of government aid “hate the poor” or “bashing the poor” are also the very often same people who oppose mandatory drug testing as a prerequisite for government aid. I have the unfortunate situation living in a neighborhood where I see a LOT of this. I have a good job, make good money and play by the rules. I bought my house for $175,000, new construction, great location (so I thought). The neighbors 2 houses west of me live in the same model house, have 2 vehicles that are less than 6 years old, 55” LCD, 4 wheelers, a dirt bike, and an above ground pool. Great for them right? Well not in my mind. I have now had the privilege of living next to them for the past 4 years and know them on a personal level. Neither of the adults have kept a job for more than 3 months since I have known them, the father claims disability (yet works landscaping and construction under the table) they are section 8 and only pay $300/month for what I pay $1390/month for. They apply for (and get) PELL grants, $4000 or more each, take a couple classes that are paid for, then get the check and drop the class. The mother is on unemployment as much as she can get away with, and only gets jobs to reset the clock. I know it’s wrong of me to see this and be angry about it, but it really bums me out that someone who has chosen to be nothing and do nothing is able to live the same lifestyle I have had to work hard to achieve. On to the neighbors immediately to the east. Not as bad as a situation as the first, but in the 3 years that they have lived there one of the two have been on unemployment at almost all times, they get food stamps (which they sometimes sell), WIC and other forms of help as well. The other day I actually heard the father say “I wish I was unemployed”. The people to the east of them were even worse. I could keep going on, but the point of it is that on my street alone, there are 6 households known to me that I have first hand knowledge of them abusing government aid. The problem DOES exist, and in much higher numbers than some would like to admit. It’s a shame because people who really are honest about it and do need help are taking part of the reputation hit as well. But in today’s world even the “Poor” people have cell phones and LCD televisions, stand by the checkout counters at Walmart some day, watch the people who pay for their items with EBT/WIC, not the brand of clothing/sunglasses/electronics they have. Hey, you need some help? Sure here’s an apartment and no you CAN’T buy twinkies with your EBT, get some veggies and meat… I’m losing focus and getting angry, I better stop for now. Oh and on a side note, search youtube for “it’s free, swipe your ebt”. It’s a satirical music video aimed at the Gov’t aid frauds.