Mudcat Café message #1033153 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63553   Message #1033153
Posted By: katlaughing
10-Oct-03 - 11:21 AM
Thread Name: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Subject: RE: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
What is your definition of productive, John? If it is by a monetary standard only, then I fail and yet, I have only been on welfare once in my life. You guessed it, it was for one year when I was a newly divorced mother of two young children, going to school for that one year. When I got a job after completing my courses, welfare offered to help out with childcare for three months only, then reneged on their promise. That really made me want to go out and get knocked up and keep on getting those welfare checks, oh yeah, for sure! It was awfully discouraging getting slapped down a the system that supposedly was there to help one get on one's feet.

What kind of "productivity" test would you measure this person by: developmentally challenged, has MS, and young child. Receives social security and lives in subsidised housing. Landlord violates state regs about keeping the place up, housing authorities withhold rent, renter gets evicted, now homeless, for failure to pay rent. Housing authorities admit their mistake, refusal of emergency shelter funding is in appeal. Meanwhile, the person trhough no fault of their own is homeless, struggling to be "productive." What kind of country are we to treat each other in such a fashion, again, while we spend One Billion per week on military conquests?