If you take a few minutes to think about the services being offered to the poor, you may have a hard time balancing your own budget. Low income individuals receive many hidden benefits not considered by taxpayers. First and foremost, medicaid pays 100% of all medical costs. Free family planning, birth control,way too many emergency room visits rather than waiting for an appointment, there are many who get angry about being asked to pay co-pays of $1.00, the wic - women, infants and children program gives families with young children additional food vouchers, not included in the federal food stamp program. Heating and energy assistance pgm provides 2-4 fuel and/or electric benefits per household each season, there are other federal perks - for instance if a family household worked a month, or 2 or 3, they will be eligible for the eitc (earned income tax credit) per child, and the child tax. Have you ever seen someone receive almost $10,000 as a tax refund? Free school lunches, housing subsidies paying all, and all but $20 of someone's $750 rent. Free phone cards and free unlimited texting once all the minutes are gone. Eligible households can apply for animal spaying or neutering, have their kids go to camp for free, and many areas have free summer lunch programs for kids.there are other local subsidies such as ny state who in 2009 issued a $200 per child stimulus to food stamp households (5 children, $1,000) with school age children. There was a back order for big screen tv's and other non-school electronics items. It was the local storekeepers who called attention to the emptied beer shelves and TV back orders. Are there truly needy individuals? Yes. Are we truly helping those that need the help? You'll have to answer that yourself. How long does it take to make change? If one can become a lawyer, doctor, or one of many professions in ten years or less, how long should an individual depend on public welfare and those many other social programs to support them? Without limits and limitations, even our own children would take advantage. Who wouldn't?
Give me a fish and I will eat for a day, teach me to fish and I will eat for the rest of my life! But give me food stamps, a place to live, help me with my utilities and cable, a free telephone, and I won't take the time to learn how to fish, because I don't need to go fishing. I will be too busy watching TV and sitting around with my other welfare friends. Government assistance has the potential to change the lives of reasonably healthy able-bodied and able-minded individuals. It is an injustice to the person who is doomed to a life of scarcity, through government assisted programs.
If no limit to years on support, why would someone put the effort into trying to help themselves. I am a pharmacist, making a great living. Every day, though, I see people on welfare come into my pharmacy. The vast majority of these people are carrying better purses, getting their nails done, and living a life free of financial burdens. My technicians are hard working yet they do not qualify for subsidized housing, financial aid, and state insurance. Do you realize these people on welfare for years play the system? Cannot find a job in five years? No, they will tell you they can't afford to work! A job would cut off the welfare.
Parents should be responsible when they decide they want to have children, not just count on government assistance. Make sure you can give them a good life, put them through college, set up a good example. Way too many people just have children so they can get more money from the government so they don't have to work a day in their life. This is so disgusting!
People take advantage of the system and live off the government their entire life by popping out 5 children in 5 years. These individuals constantly rely on their number of children to bring home the bread. Instead these individuals should be relying on a job to be able to bring home a pay check. If they had a job they wouldn't have time to have all of these children. Living off of your offspring is shameful. If you are disabled then you shouldn't be having multiple children in the first place.
As the term suggests, assistance is a temporary measure to aid in getting an individual to the point where they can function on their own. This is not permanent, except in cases of individuals who have "seroius" lifelong disabilities that is verified by medical professionals. Tax payers should not have to carry someone else's burden who habitually makes "mistakes" and feels entitled to aid from the government to fix their problems. if that is the case, then everyone needs public assistance.
If you give people free everything without putting limitations on it, letting them use it indefinitely, they have nothing to strive for. If you can get free food, free housing, free medical care why would you get up and go get a job. Seems like the latter is the better deal. But what people don't realize is that its not helping out economy any, it was meant to be assistance not a hand out.
The types of people that are on government assistance for a long period of time are so because it is so easy for them to. They don't have be responsible for income, and have become lazy, also they buy unhealthy foods with food stamps. The people I see use government assistance don't have kids, jobs, or house payments. These people have no financial responsibilities and would if they were held accountable and had to get a job. I am an 18 year old going to college, paying rent, and I have a job. If I can do all this without any form of government assistance then I am sure that a 40 year old can get a job, and pay for their own needs.
Free endless government assistance could stifle the will to survive without government assistance. I'm not referring to Social Security with this statement, as that is more of a deferred payment plan, which the retirees have already paid into. Also, free endless government assistance drains the government of money that it could use elsewhere.
Individuals should not rely on the government for assistance for long periods of time. If things like job loss, divorce, or other life situations cause a hard time, the government can help for a while. But, we should not allow people to take advantage of the system. If a person is capable of working and make a living for themselves, the government should not pay for their living expenses.
During this time of economic downturn, many people have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It is important that those people have financial support while they search for work. I believe there should be a limit to the time they can access government assistance, and steps should be taken to verify they are actively searching for employment. While it can be hard to find work which would provide income at the same level they had before the loss of their job, a year of government assistance should provide them with enough time for find some type of work. They could even have enough time to further their education, and qualify themselves for a type of work they couldn't do previously.
I do feel that there should be a time limit on assistance obtained from the government. If a person is seeking financial assistance from the government, it should be understood that the help will only be for a limited time. Government assistance should only be used in times when someone is really in a bad financial situation.
There should be a time limit on assistance for the government thus keeping some from taking advantage everyday you see able bodies sitting around collecting checks and food stamps rather than making living like others by working. Allowing them to stay on for years only lets them live free without worry like the rest of us. I think those on assistance and using it as a primary source of income should also be required to show proof of job searches and applications like unemployment people. I know plenty of people who are on assistance and turns out after my taxes and paying childcare they end up making more money than me. They always have new shoes, nails done and food on the table. And I work 40hrs a week. Not right.
People who abuse the system should, of course, be kicked out of it. But, many
people have lifelong problems, such as phobias, anxiety or physical inhibitions that keep them from functioning in society, and there should be no limit on the help they can get.
While most families will do quite alright under the time limits set on assistance from the government, there are quite a few families with vulnerable children that will not. I don't believe that most people or families receiving assistance from the government WANT to be on it and try their best to make a better life for themselves and their children.
Times are bad, and there is no set amount of time it might take to get a job or make ends meet. As long as the person on government assistance is making a real effort that they can document towards getting a job and getting off of the program, then they should be allowed to stay. If the government just kicked people off after a set time limit, it would leave them with no options, and just cause them to fall into some other assistance program, and most likely make them homeless. Once they reach that level, there is almost no chance of them ever getting back on their feet.
Governmental assistance and the length it is given needs to be decided on a case by case basis. There are definitely people who milk it for all it is worth and those people should be given a reasonable limit if they are fully capable of finding work and taking care of themselves. Others do work, even full time but because their income is insufficient to support the number of their family members they need help. These hard working individuals should be given assistance as long as need be. Illegal immigrants should not be given help at all--whether they are children or adults.