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Thread #63553   Message #1033281
Posted By: katlaughing
10-Oct-03 - 02:26 PM
Thread Name: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Subject: RE: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
No, John, the point was it made me feel as though there was no use in trying to be self-sufficient because of the lack of promised support. I don't know why people continue to think there is some kind of fun or joy in trying to raise a family on what welfare pays. Ask anyone who is on welfare how happy they are or how much fun they are having. Ask them if they choose/chose to live that way on purpose.

As to whether a woman is in that situation through her own fault, maybe sometimes but usually NOT. Usually it has a LOT to do with partners who have abandoned, couldn't cope, were abusive, etc. most times an unforseen circumstance. Also, it is still a sad fact that woman cannot earn as much as their male counterparts. When I completed my course at college employers were still legally able to choose to hire a man over a woman just because SHE might get pregnant and not last long as an employee! Talk about discrimination!

If society does not help its poorest and does nothing to show them a way out of poverty, then that society as a whole is poorer, for the treament of the lowest reflects right back to those who would begrudge a morsel of bread. America is not mighty, beautiful, grand, nor the leading nation in the world as long as we are without healthcare for all, childcare for all, and equality in wages, etc. for women.