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On Entitlements? You Should Be Embarrassed

A new report out by US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) shows over 110 million people in the United States today are receiving some sort of handout from the government (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-chart-showing-welfare-dependency-will-ruin-your-day/).  That astronomical number does not include Social Security nor Medicare.  You’ll notice I didn’t say, “110 million Americans.”  Many who are receiving the handouts are not Americans and a number of those not even in the country legally.  Suffice it to say, the practice of giving people a reward of money, food, education, medical care, et al after they disregarded our sovereignty and laws to come here in the cloak of night is ridiculous and should be stopped immediately.

I want to focus on those who are either US citizens or who are here legally and are receiving entitlements.  By the way, that moniker is fallacious.  Fact is, in this country, we’re entitled to the rights afforded us by the Creator and that are enumerated in the Constitution.  We are entitled to equal opportunity to life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness.  I think I’ve read that somewhere.  We are not entitled to endless free money or food or housing or electricity.

I’m 46 years old.  I graduated high school in 1984.  I remember the kids who were on the free lunch program when I was in school.  They didn’t wear new clothes nor shoes.  They didn’t wear jewelry nor wear designer backpacks.  They were good kids — as happy as any of us, but there were just not as well off as some of the others.  I remember asking them about that card they carried with them that entitled them to a free lunch.  I don’t recall any of them being proud of it.  In actuality, they wanted to be like the rest of us and bring a bagged or boxed lunch or pay for their own lunches.  To put it bluntly, they were embarrassed.  More importantly, their parents were busy at work to get themselves into a better position to no longer need that hand out.  Generally speaking, they were well aware of the stigma that went along with being on the Free Lunch program for their kids and they did all they could to change it.  Today, we seem to live in an alternative universe.  There are more people receiving handouts then ever in our history.  Not only are we offering free lunch but free breakfast as well.  Parents should be embarrassed that they are giving up the responsibility of feeding their children to someone else.  People are not only not embarrassed to be on the receiving end, many are actually under the belief they are owed what they get.  Huh?  Who owes you that?  And why?

To that end, at that time, Unemployment was something you got for the shortest imaginable time until you were able to find some other work… any work.  You did not hold out until you found your dream job or even a job in your chosen field.  One worked anywhere doing just about  anything until that perfect opportunity presented itself.  The idea of staying on Unemployment for two years was unheard of.  It was embarrassing to not have a paycheck coming in.  When someone asked, “what do you do?” people were proud to answer the question.  If one was out of work, the answer would be, “between jobs,” followed up quickly with, “but, I’ve got three interviews tomorrow and expect to be back at it soon.”  Nobody was proud to exclaim, “I’m on Unemployment.”  That would be embarrassing.  Today, many on unemployment are fine with it.  The ne’erdowells in Washington have now extended this handout for two full years and the system is so mismanaged that people collecting this freebie are actually punished if they get part time work to make ends meet.  Another misconception of Unemployment is that workers pay into it so, “why shouldn’t I get back what I paid in?”  Well, you didn’t pay into it, you’re employer did.  And, at two full years, those contributions are long gone.  At this point, the government is just distributing money it doesn’t have.  Have you seen the federal debt lately?

The number in the US getting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps) has ballooned to 45 million people.  Forty five million people receive money to buy food for themselves and their families.  That’s a ridiculous number. Think about that.  Tens of millions of people in our great land, the “Land of Plenty,” have admitted they can’t feed themselves or their families?  Really?  They should be ashamed and embarrassed.  They’re not because A. the government changed the name from the embarrassing Food Stamps to the slick SNAP program.  B. people no longer carry actual, obvious Food Stamps, they carry a card that looks like a MasterCard or Visa.  C.  The program was supposed to be a bridge until you got on your feet and regained the ability to feed yourself and your family again, today it’s a never-ending supplement.  D. More and more restaurants and other outlets are accepting SNAP to pay for prepared food.  Just so I understand, you’re getting free food and  you don’t have the time to prepare it?  As an aside, I can’t figure out why those who are getting Food Stamps also seem to be first in line to get the free breakfast and/or free school lunches for their kids.  We’re (yup, the taxpayers fund all handouts, not the government) giving you free food and instead of taking that food and making a breakfast or lunch for your child, you also get free prepared food for them at school?  What a scam!  You should be embarrassed.

The government has systematically and systemically promoted programs to deflate the hopes and dreams of millions of people.  I couldn’t even begin to fathom taking never-ending handouts and expecting that’s all there was for me in regard to the American Dream.  Don’t get me wrong, I am 100 percent for limited and finite help for people in need.  We are the most generous people this planet has ever known.  But, when you are able to work yet collect unemployment, food stamps, Welfare, Disability, free housing, free electricity — you are allowing the government to limit your ability to succeed to your fullest extent.  You are, in essence, allowing the government to decide what your worth is.  You should be embarrassed you’ve allowed this to happen and you should make a change.  Problem is, just as as we see all the time when the government adds a temporary tax, once that money (or handout) starts coming in, it’s tough to stop it.

To that end, I offer some very sensible solutions:

Allow Unemployment Insurance to end.  You heard me right.  Actually let it expire.  I think a few months should be enough.  But, let’s call it a day at six months.  If you can’t find gainful employment in six months — doing something.  ANYTHING.  You’re not trying in America today.

 

Allow the use of the SNAP program for a finite amount of time.  Six months works here as well.  Plus, you can’t double dip.  If you’re getting food stamps, NO FREE LUNCH AT SCHOOL.  Make your kid a lunch.  If you want free lunch for your children, NO SNAP FOR YOU.  

 

Only offer Disability to those who are truly unable to work because of they physically can’t.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you can talk on the cell phone, drive, text, eat out, go shopping, et  al — you can get a job and work.

 

Very limited access to taxpayer-paid-for-housing.  Again, I would max this out at six months.  You don’t deserve a free place to live.  You have relatives.  Move in with them until you scratch together enough for first, last and security.  We’ve all done it.  You can too.  If you can’t get a cheap apartment in the US today, you’re not trying.  

 

A major issue in the so-called entitlement programs in our great land is the out of control fraud involved.  If you have an SUV, you don’t need an entitlement.  Sell it and feed your kids or pay your electric bill.  If you have a PlayStation 3, that’s not a necessity.  Sell it and buy your kids some food or pay your rent.  If you’re rolling on Dubs, you don’t need a hand out.  Sell them and buy your kid’s lunch at school or buy him some new pants.  If you have cable Internet or a big-screen TV, those aren’t necessities.  Sell them, get dial up and a 19 inch TV and get yourself an apartment or buy your family some food or pay your electric bill.  We could save billions if we used CPS or the IRS or some redundant agency we’re all paying for to do actual audits of those getting free stuff from the rest of us.

One thing that needs to be re-instituted right up front is a feeling of embarrassment when receiving something free from the rest of us.  You should be anxious to get off of the handouts and back on your feet.  And, there must be a new realization that you are selling yourself short by taking so much from others.  You see, the government is made up of a bunch of people who are convinced they’re smarter than we are.  They think they know better what  you should drive, where you should live, what you should eat, where or if you should work, how much you need to get by and more.  The 110 million with their hands out are allowing just that level of control to happen.  I urge you to stick your chest out, find some pride deep down, rebuild your self-esteem and stop allowing others limit your ability to live life to the fullest.  For those of you who are receiving YEARS of undeserved Unemployment who have said over and over, “why should I accept a job that’s beneath me?” stop it.  Really think about what you’re saying.  Do you really think a job is beneath you but, receiving free money from me isn’t?  You’re more proud of receiving money in the mail you didn’t earn than you would be working any job and getting paid?  Don’t allow the government to define you and what you’re able to accomplish.

 

Thoughts?

 

Pags

 

 

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115 Responses

08.10.12

Your Comments I couldn’t agree with you more. My kids are raised now. I worked two jobs, my wife worked two jobs. We still found time for our children. We raised 5 children and never ask for a dime. They were our children and our responsibilty. They all finished High school and college . Not one ever got in trouble with the law. Welfare is no more than making slaves out of the people. As I have told all of my children, Its not how many times you get knocked down that matters its how many times you get make up.

08.10.12

While we are at it we need to change the child support laws. Both parents should have access to the children unless they have a criminal record and are in jail, if they don’t them they don’t have to provide money to the other parent. I have a daughter who works part time at WalMart. Her ex refuses to let her have any contact with her three daughters and has for years, yet he gets more of her check than she does. This guy tried to commit suicide while alone with the girls, is an alcoholic, and involved in drugs. The girls have accused him of sexual abuse. He collects welfare, food stamps, Health Care Benefits, government assistance for housing. And he says she can’t have contact with her daughters and the judge says it is up to him if they have contact with her.

YESSSSSSS BRING BACK THE WPA WORK FOR MONEY AND WELFARE . AND DRUG TEST ALL RECIPIENTS

08.10.12

Thanks Joe.
Right on.
I have been involved in ministry for many years and was appalled at the people who had nice cars and homes and new iPhones and always stopping at Starbucks but receiving free breakfast, lunch and a lot of $$ a month in food stamps. Not to mention the $1000 per child they received at the end of the year per child in tax returns, most having 3-5 kids. do the math. I truly think the “church” must begin to speak to this issue and teach this generation about the morality of living like this and taking money with no embarrassment.

Pags – thank you. Thats about the most common sense opinion I’ve heard in a long time. Thanks for what you do. I almost always agree with your opinions. This country needs someone like you in the White House! : )

08.10.12

Feeding our fellow man without a meaningful and caring relationship that ministers to the soul is less like the compassion of Jesus and more like the compassion of a zookeeper who absently tosses food into a cage arrogantly expecting his charges to be grateful and obedient. We were created to be hunter gatherers not trough feeders; we need relationship with our fellow man just as we need food to survive. Goods and services void of purpose and emotion turn one into empty shell destined to lash out at the cold hand that piously feeds the masses in exchange for our liberty and authority while demanding social worship, loyalty and above all quiet compliance. Shame on us for allowing this darkness to envelope and enslave so many under the guise of compassion for we knew better, we simply decided as a society and as a church to let rulers rule over not just laws but the hearts of men and this is our greatest sin as a people, we will be judged for placing so many in bondage and lifelong lack…God have mercy on us all.

Stay on this one Joe, we are loosing this numbers game – more takers than makers means more democratic votes automatically overriding our voice in OUR republic. Maybe we can make them take drug tests, or picture IDs before they receive OUR entitlements.

Great article Pags! I’ve been layed off from a good job twice in my career. Each time it took no more than 2 months to find comparable work. I would’ve flipped burgers if I had to to support my family. I am blessed.

I agree with your 6 month limit argument. Great job!

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08.10.12

Your Comment
What our government is allowing to happen to the last two generations is criminal. I live in a depressed area of s. Ca. I see people in there mid 40s and younger with ear,face and body percings, tatoo’s smoking cigerates and buying junk food .The women are fat and so are their kids and I don’t mean some of them I mean most of them. They take no personal pride in where they live or how they live, why should they they don’t need to work why should they? The government pays for it all including all there medical.
I am sickened to watch my beautiful country that once was full of proud people turn into a bunch of leaches living off the blood sweat and working hands of good people trying to hold up our country on a thread. God will some day put things back in order. May our faith in him save us.

08.10.12

Your Comments: So with you on this Joe! I work at a “membership club.” I am so sickened at how often the lines are held up by “members” pulling their EBT cards (food stamps) out of a wad of cash, out of their COACH WALLET, out of their COACH PURSE and having to be “reminded” that they can’t pay for the designer blouse or video games with their “card.” Meanwhile, selecting foods from the bakery ($20 cake), boxes of rice crispy treats – TREATS mind you- not the actual cereal, or actually going “healthy” with the fresh fruit tray ($15 for CUT UP FRUIT). There really seems to be little or NO accountability for use of these HAND OUTS. Most of these people have no interest in budgeting or getting the most for their “entitlement,” the just try to use it up until the next deposit on their account.
MY SUGGESTION: Time limit like you said- 6 months, BUT the recipient should have to attend a 1 day budgeting class and a form w/reciepts to be PROPERLY filled out and reviewed each month before their card is recharged at our expense. (That’ll add a couple more jobs to be “created” and could be paid for out of the slush of wasteful spending- another suggestion that should start in each and every government office from the city janitor to the White House.)

You are so right Joe AGAIN! The big problem is the Government has asked people to quit being responsible. People don’t have to make the tough choices like should I go get a new tattoo or should I buy food for my kids, let me see the Government will buy the food so hey I can get two tattoos! We are not well off and every day we make choices and some of them tough but in the end we are better off for doing it! I remember the days when you were not only embarrassed to be on food stamps but if there was a divorce in the family it was utter shame! Any time the government makes something easier for the people it really makes them lazier!
Thanks for all your wisdom you share with the rest of us!

How can I share your comments ? You are really rocking it out today on the entitlements issue. Thank God someone else thinks like me about this!!

Why is Eric Holder still in office? Also, Why is Holder and the administration upset about identification cards required to vote? Isn’t identification required to use the Welfare payment credit card? (SNAP)? what’s up with making these programs so dang inviting?

Keep up the good work Joe!

08.10.12

Thank you so much for your comments on entitlements, especially disability. I am married to a wonderful man who was wounded in Viet Nam. Even though he can no longer read, can’t drive, can’t understand everything spoken to him, because of those wounds, I continue to feel like we are ‘using’ the people who pay our way – you the tax-payers. He spends every day serving others in the ways he can. He is amazing. Your comments have helped to allieviate the guilt I feel when our government check comes each month.

08.10.12

Hi Joe, first time hearing you this morning, I am a 21 y/o in seattle, and this sense of entitlement to things like this with no embarrassment disgusts me. I was with a group of friends last night when one of them said “we need to all go get food stamps together.” Being strongly apposed to this, and a lone conservative among my friends (and city) out of reflex I shouted “NO! I do NOT need food stamps, and neither do you!” That friend did not talk to me for the rest of the night. I appreciate your words, I hope they can enlighten some people like my friends. Thank you.

08.10.12

The entitlement crowd doesn’t care about being embarrassed nor do they care about giving up freedom. They’ve been told since birth, that they are the downtrodden and are owed a portion of what the rest of have earned.
The entitlement crowd gets free(or subsidized) housing, food, utilities, cars, gasoline, booze, cell phones. They can buy food with their EBT cards or they can buy a television. They can buy food with their EBT cards or they can buy drugs. They can buy food with their EBT cards or they can buy booze. They can buy food with their EBT cards or they can use them for cash in a casino.
Being on the dole, to these deadbeats, is not an embarrassment but rather an honor. He/She who can game the system the most is held in a position of high esteem.
One must have a sense of honor and morality to be embarrassed and they do not. Sadly, they do vote.

08.10.12

I am on a couple of entitlement programs and I am truly humiliated being on it. I am embarassed when I go to the store. I don’t have a PS3, a huge flat screen, satellite, high speed internet. In fact the majority of the items I have I have gotten from people giving things away or relatively cheap. I am pounding the pavement to find a job and am due to go back to school in the fall to finish up my accounting degree so I am able to get a good job so I can get of the emabrassment of the program. I don’t like going to the store and I hide the card so no one can see that I have the card and think I am scum. I am turlu embarassed and and not some mooch who thinks that I am owed this entitlement. Thank you for this blog, it just makes me work harder so I can get off this program that career entitlement seekers get. I think that lazy moochers ruin it for those who truly need it and are humiliated to be on it.

08.10.12

I am out of work 31 months, I am 52yrs old, I job search from 7 am till 7 pm every day on 38 different job boards,, no one will talk to me, most wont even respond at all, I have had 5 interviews in 31 months, I’m An electrical engineer, and yes I have applied for lower jobs, and still nothing at all, Age discrimination is rampant, and so is affirmative action, I have had 3 heart attacks, I cant do manual labor on a farm, or dig craves, I want work, not SS disability, I am on food stamps, lost a home, I went from 74k a year to snap,,,

08.10.12

You go Joe!!! My co-worker and I are sitting here listening to you fill in for Glenn this morning and we are yelling YEAh!! YEAH!! to everything you are saying. In the past few days we have been having conversations here about these exact topics and we are so sick, sick, sick of paying for those who are to LAZY to work. Enough already!! Cara in San Antonio

08.10.12

Your Comments Joe you are right on about the embarrassment and loathing of any assistance of yesteryear……..the greatest generation, that generation that saved the free world, put us on the moon, and built suburbia and the American dream. You stated moments ago that “you are not entitled to anything”. Joe that is flat wrong. The Ferderal Governement stole 15% of my income 7.5% from me and 7.5% from my employer and told me that they were saving it for me. They further told me that I would get it back when I met the requirement…….retirement or REAL disability of for my family upon my death. I am ENTITLED to that. I paid for it. If they do not give it back to me that is Theft By Deception and because it was perpetrated across state lines that it is Federal crime and because of the amount of money it is a Felony, committed by an entity of trust may Aggrevate the Felony. Further, I am ENTITLED to Medical Benefits by Medicare because the governement took my money and told me that I would receive the benefit. Same Criminal Code applies to Medicare. What has happened is the term “Entitlement” has been blurred, intentionally I believe by the left, to include any payments that go out. There is a BIG differenct between the Great Society welfare, food stamps, medicaid, and which folks are NOT ENTITLED to and Social Security and Medicare and it is time we (conservatives) force the separation of the terms. Because we are a caring people we need to re-configure a handout to a hand up by sturcturing welfare such that there is incentive to work. For instance a graded withdrawl from the system as the wages go up. When folks are faced with $7.00 an hour and loosing welfare Vs keeping welfare they take the welfare. Those that are on welfare sould be required to seek and find work. If they claim they cannot find work (maybe true) lets put them to work on road crews paving and repairing roads or something…..roofing federal buildings, give them an incentive to get off. Further, the Federal Government must get out of it entirely cut payment to the states by 10% per year over the next 10 years, then it is all on the state where locals (meaning citizens paying the taxes) have control and can do something about it.

08.10.12

I was kind of disappointed to be told I need to be embarrassed. my wife is embarrassed enough, and as bad as th problem of people exploiting the system is folks who desperately need it but are too proud for a handout. wife and I are both 28 and each been working in the healthcare and taking care if the disabled respectively. I just lost the job I’ve been at for years and our mortgage has doubled. we got rid of our second vs years ago. got a small dump of a house we could afford… (not since the mortgage increased) I’ve got some disabilities and need regular meds and appointments. sadly we will probably need snap and unemployment to make ends meet and feed our kids… we live in a rural small city nd work is rare. we both bag bachelors degrees and student loan payments but have never gotten work in our fields. we been together ten years w no one to help us working hard and barely surviving. I don’t know what my next opportunity will be. but the hours commute pay and benefits are likely going to be worse than my last job an I don’t know how long we will need help. it is a tough time in America for young families today…

08.10.12

hey Joe. Love you like a brother. Just wanted to mention, and not to play the race card, but many different ethnicities are on Food Stamps. Using the words, wearing your gold chain, wasn’t too cool. Do Caucasian folk drive nice cars and get their nails done and wear their gold chains? Just anted to put that out there. thanks for the Blog.

08.10.12

Right on-right on! Here’s a few more rules to add to the world under Joe-
If you can’t afford to feed your kids-don’t have anymore kids.
From this point on,if you drop out of school,your family benefits are reduced and you may only receive benefits if you finish school. If you don’t,you will not be permitted to get back in the system. Parents are required to send their kids to school everyday and on time. Education should be encouraged and if you don’t, your benefits will be reduced
If you can’t feed your kids-no tattoos,piercings,and stop smoking cirgarettes. If you can’t feed your kids-no giant TVs and multiple gaming systems. I see it everyday during the school year and the kids are the ones who suffer for the sins of the parents. If we give the help,we need to set the rules and those who want the help will abide by the rules. Why are we giving and not asking for performance in return?
Keep up the good work,Joe!

08.10.12

Your Comments
I agree totally with you. My ex-wife has two daughters, both in their early ’40′s, both unmarried, and both with kids. One lived with us for 2 1/2 years and never worked a day and did not contribute anything to expenses from her child support. The other has three kids, divorced her hard-working husband, and lives on government/taxpayer support and child support. She has not had a job since working at Burger King for three months when she was 17. She lived with us once for 6 months and once for 3 months. By the way, I apparently had nothing to say about all this, which is one reason we’re no longer married (I made the mistake of asking why they didn’t get jobs and support themselves, and of asking “When will these girls be required to grow up?”)

Your Comments Providing Food,housing, etc is slavery. You Owe the Company Store and are in debt to the Company Man(government). The nation went to war brother against brother so that all could be free to edify one another and to establish a level of life each one of us is comfortable with. I am surprised there are not exclusive government food stamp stores established to offer only the types of foods acceptable. Mayor Bloomberg would be in favor of this I,m sure. Get out of debt and owe no man anything. Get your strength, knowledge and provisions from your Creator and all will be well with you. The key is not to have wealth thru il-gotten gains. Learn how to grow food. Have community gardens. There are many things we can do together!

There is an award winning documentary out there that makes a lot of sense about this and many other things going on in our country today. Liberals will roll their eyes immediately but I would ask that they specify which of the facts in the presentation are incorrect. This country belongs to ALL of us and we are ALL at risk of losing it. We can save it ONLY by working TOGETHER — what a concept! But first we have to have a clue as to who our enemy is — Got 6 minutes? Take a look at the trailer — Google “Agenda Documentary” and take a look.

08.10.12

Your right on the money Mr. Paggs. I whole heartedly agree with the position you are taking on these issues. I work 70 hrs a week to support this govt. endorsed crap. Whats going to happen when the few working people can no longer support the bums getting hand outs?

You are right on all counts, Joe. People in this country used to be self-reliant and have a work ethic that was unmatched anywhere in the world.
The Democrats through the years have made it more and more acceptable to be on welfare and handouts, by promoting their use throughout the communities they “serve”, and by removing the embarrassment of having to take stamps to the store and welfare checks to the bank to cash. Now you have a debit card, so as not to look any different from anyone else in line.
There is an extreme difference between a hand-up and a handout. Liberals live in a world where things work in theory, and theoretically, we should be able to give those in trouble a hand up to get them back on their feet. Realistically, the way liberals have set up the system, it becomes a handout society, where entitlements become a way of life, and the lifestyle becomes one to be admired in that community. Instead of being embarrassed, they are proud of how much dole they can collect, and always want more for free.
This election is pivotal in determining how we will continue as a country…re-electing Obama will ensure our demise as a nation.

08.10.12

Joe, your blog brings back memories. I’m 48. My mother didn’t go to work until things didn’t work out for dad who was in the restaurant business and when it eventually didn’t last. And she stayed home until her 3 children were well into school. I remember in elementary school having a green card to get the “free” lunch at school. I really didn’t know why I had it and other’s didn’t. I don’t remember being teased, but my younger brother was by the boys in his class. I also remember mom would send me to the magazine area in the grocery store when she went to check out because she had paper not money she was paying with and she didn’t want me to see that either. To my parents it was an embarrassment, but not today. I am a teacher in an urban school district. We’re a title 1 school which means that ALL STUDENTS get FREE LUNCHES AND BREAKFAST (plus extra money for program and staff). At the end of the day at pick up – the women/moms who pick up drive up to the school in new SUV’s, hair and nails are done. This past year, my Assist. Principal went to one of my student’s home for a meeting and he said the TV that was on the wall was the size of a movie screen. It is these same parents who when I call them to discuss academics or behaviors, they don’t respond or have an ever-changing phone number and never come to assist me with handling the problems. These parents ask me to complete Dept. of Labor forms for their child to collect SSI – for academic or behavior problems, but to help make a difference they are not around. FRANKLY I’M SICK OF IT. One last note, NOT ALL people on unemployment are people just sitting around for 2 years. My brother’s got laid off over a year ago. He’s applied to over 500 jobs – he’s sat in HR offices just to get to talk to someone. He’s applied to Home Depot and Lowes and was told he didn’t have the credentials – He has a BA. When he asks what he needs to do to get a job he get’s minimal answers or no responses at all. Most of the jobs he’s applied for in his field went to women or younger recent college grads because the starting salary was $10 – $15,000 below his asking salary. He’s 45, has a home, and expenses – he drives a car that’s 10 years old and he applies to jobs daily. He is working part-time which has given him some help, but his medical needs are such that his premium is like a mortgage payment. Again, Joe, not all those unemployed are dead-beats. So if you need any graphics or new logo, or advertising, his part time job is that. He’s working on a website but for now he receives work requests at portografix@verizon.net. Thanks – great job on Glenn’s program.

08.10.12

I have been saying the same thing for years. I am sick of standing in line to pay for my gas while the high school kids in front of me are buying chips, candy, and energy drinks with their parents EBT Card.

I get tired of driving by the food bank and seeing better and newer cars than I drive in the parking lot. Of course I Pay $1500 per month to purchase Health Insurance for my son, my wife and me. I guess if I didn’t take care of my responsibilities I could drive nice cars too.

08.10.12

Hurray! Someone needed to say this. I love your courage! I can’t agree more! I don’t need to pinch pennies, yet I choose not to spend my discretionary money on cable TV or the like, nor on the newest, biggest gas-guzzling SUV, nor on $600 shoes or the most expensive hair solon – or even the medium priced hair solon. I color my own hair because it’s less expensive and does the job very well. SO, my husband and I have been able to pay off our home, pay for our cars when we do buy a new one, and save a very nice retirement nest egg. It infuriates me that my money would go to someone who refuses to make those sacrifices and deems them a need rather than a luxury. They are the greedy ones because they don’t have a right to the money they did NOT earn. I love ALL that you said and agree with you 100000000%!!!

08.10.12

You can’t afford food – but u have a mouth full of gold teeth… I’m just saying…. how do u sleep at night.

Bam !! Bullseye Joe!! you told it like it is..the federal government via out tax monies spent 15 trillion and counting since the war on poverty was stareted back in 1964 thank Joe!! keep being the voice of reason out there !!

08.10.12

Your Comments while you are very right about means testing and how those on gov. assistance should have to behave…. Romney is not the answer. Romney may be more right of obama, but Romney is not a conservative. Term limits time.
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I’d vote for you if you were running for President!!!

08.10.12

The unemployment insurance situation is actually far worse than most people know. First of all, it is not paid by the federal government. It is mandated and administered but federal funds do not go out to the unemployed. Each employer makes a payment to the federal government based upon payroll. It’s due in January or Februrary. These funds go for the administration costs. The actual payments come from the state agency. They are required by federal law to make all payments to the unemployed. The states collect money from, once again, the employers based upon their claim experience. In my state it isn’t enough money to pay all the claims so the state then borrows the money from the federal government. Federal law prohibits the state from using the contributions to the program to pay off the loan. The state then assesses every employer in the state an amount again based upon payroll and claim experiences to make the loan payments to the federal government. So you see it’s very easy for a politician to vote to extend unemployment benefits because ultimately the money is taken from the employers to pay both the claims and the loan. It doesn’t cost the federal government and it doesn’t cost the state government it only costs the employers. Think this might hold some employers back from hiring for a while?

08.10.12

Your Comments l have worked all my life since i been 15. My short day is 12hours. I got hirt at work in 11/2011 and havent work since then. I went throuh 2 opperations.I gust got to the point were i can walk. Yes im on workers comp
now and if i cant back to work in a year i have lost my job. When got enough money saved i adouped 2 kids. We donate alot to the pint were irs wanted to see are prof .Noo.Now i understand that i am a drain. I hope i misund erstand on what you said this morning.I am just like you beening a conserved.Nobody gave me a thing and i dont want to be like this now and what my future is looking like. when i get back on my feet and able to walk again l will bounce back.

08.10.12

I’m 26 years old, college graduate, and I am underemployed. Its hard not to be bitter about graduating with honors from a 4-year university and being unable to find a job in my field. However, I have extremely gracious grandparents, and I work for them and live with them.

Long story short, my father was laid off, and he and my mother moved to the opposite side of the country (literally, 2600 miles away– I miss them dearly) to see if they couldn’t improve their financial situation. I was appalled to find out that taking a part time job would negatively impact his unemployment– punishing him, in essence, for actually working! He feels the same way you do about handouts being embarrassing, so he took the part time job at a local home store retailer (a far cry from his previous management position in architecture), sucked it up, and carried on.

I am so proud of my dad for trying, rather tirelessly, to find a job– ANY job. I’m even more proud of him now, at 44, for going back to school to retrain in an entirely different field. I believe it takes great courage and fortitude to gather yourself up, especially after a successful career, and make that kind of effort to make positive changes. And, as an aside, I’m also very proud of my mother for being as positive and unfathomably supportive during all of this transition.

If we want this country to succeed, we need to rely on ourselves, not the government. We need to realize that hey, eventually, there’s not going to be anymore money to give out! I know, personally, what unemployment does to a family and how hard it is to recover from the financial and emotional stress. We are not due unending handouts from government at the expense of our neighbors! No, it takes personal commitment and personal responsibility to reclaim our RIGHTS of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

08.10.12

Your Comments

It’s about time someone called out the LAZY! Help is available to anyone who finds themselves TEMPORARILY in need in this country, thank God. But NO ONE is “entitled” to more than a quick leg up….

In the early 80′s I became a 20 year old single Mom, through no choice of my own…I had married and had a child, but “baby’s Daddy” decided it was all too much for him…I had only one year of college at that point, and got the only job I could find, working in our local hospital. I wanted more for my child, so I took on another job and enrolled in the local JUCO to at least get a second year of education. It was tough, but I finished. I then decided to go for the four year degree…AND work. I didn’t like leaving my little girl any more than those on entitlements do, but I knew I had to sacrifice to make a future for us. Still, there wasn’t always enough money for rent and food. WHY? Because baby’s Daddy quit paying child support!!! My grandfather said to me one day, “Go get food stamps to help you out – just temporarily. I’ve worked all my life, and contributed my income for just such a situation as this. You are doing your best, and it is only temporary!” At 21, I knew enough to be ashamed at even the THOUGHT of taking aid…I cried at the idea, but he convinced me to do it. I took charge of my life….had my ex-husband put in jail for lack of payment, and got my stamps. I was so embarrassed that I would go to the grocery store late at night and make sure no one was in line when I brought my food to the counter. I wanted to cry right in the store. But I was feeding my child, and pushed through it. I was working two jobs and going to school full time. Well, the “stamps” lasted for three months. I took the aid for three months, and couldn’t do it anymore. I relocated to a state with a less expensive college and finished my B.S. degree – NO STAMPS NO AID. I found a teaching job, where my school district paid 80% of graduate school, and took advantage of that. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. We still didn’t have much, but I LIVED WITHIN MY MEANS. We moved to a better neighborhood, and my daughter go to take dance and music lessons. I was so inspired by our new life, I dared to apply to graduate school, and completed my master’s degree. Life kept getting better – FROM HARD WORK!!! In 1997, after TEN YEARS of working and going to school at night…I earned my Ph.D. in education from St. Louis University. I then became a professor. My daughter is a senior in college this year. If I can go from being a 20 year old single mother with little education to a Ph.D. in 15 years….anyone can. Getting OFF the AID is the BEST THING anyone can do for themselves. NO ONE is “entitled” to a lifetime of help. GET UP OFF YOUR a** and WORK!!!!

08.10.12

Mr Pags you said everything I’ve been saying for years. I’m a black female and I’m a bit older than you. I grew up in the “projects” that’s what they were called back then. We got school clothes and school supplies from the Salvation Army. We also got free lunch at school and it was very embarassing for us. I have worked all my adult life and provided for my family without help of the government. I’m not rich and at times it has been hard but I know it’s my responsibilty and no one else to take care of me and my family. It’s sad to say but, I know lots of people with this entitlement attitude and they have no shame, they brag about it. thank you

Joe,

Great article. I have been saying this for years. I went to work at age 14 in my friend’s family’s restaurant. It was the best thing my parents could have let me do. It instilled in me a work ethic that has never faltered. I would have rather done without than take any sort of handout. I put myself through college and paid all of my debt myself. I have a good career and make a decent living. I am not rich, but I have everything I need, and most importantly, I did it myself.
I believe people should have to do something, to their ability, to earn their money. It should not be “given” to them just because they exist. If they are only capable of picking up trash in the local park, then so be it. They must do this to get a check. This state we are in cannot possibly be sustained for any length of time. Not to mention that I am not willing to keep working so others may free load. This is unacceptable and must end.
Thanks for the great article!
Carrie

08.10.12

Well said, Pags!

Your Comments Good day Joe!

Might I say, “thank you” I really enjoyed listening to you this morning… I come from a large family (8) in all, and grew up in Milwaukee WI. I am 47 yrs old and am having such a hard time understanding what has happended to our society today! This artical hit home for me “like I am sure for many, many others”

My father worked (3) jobs to make ends meet from time to time to put food on our table, a roof over our head & clothes on us. As well as sent several of my older siblings to private schools. He had “Pride” he had “Purpose” he would have been “embarrased” and “humiliated” to have ever taken a “hand out”!

All 6 of us kids have done quite well now as adults and I truely believe we ALL have excellent work ethic, values and morals our parents have instilled in us.

I’ve really been much more diligent, listening to news radio, and have been reading articles and books to understand and educuate myself more on what’s happening and how we as one union can “fix” it.

I’ve been really, really enjoying listening to Rush, Sean & Jason Lewis (he is my husbands hero) because all of you report the facts!

It’s YOU people getting the FACTS out there so WE people can truely have a grasp on “reality” and not just a simple headline..w/ no substance to back it up!

Thank ALL of you on your continued education! I know my parents generation would be proud of what you ALL are trying to accomplish in taking back this “FREE” Great Country of ours….

Denise Swedberg…

08.10.12

Master Pags,

You are right. It is a sad day when the unemployed are punished for trying to make ends meat. I was unemployed for the greater part of 3 years. I was angry and frustrated as I searched for work only to find that the jobs I was seeing would pay less than I made on unemployment. I I fell behind on bills and now I am facing Foreclousre. I worked for the IRS for 2 years durring this time but they operated on a seasonal basis. I couldn’t find a second job because others who had worked at the IRS burned those bridges; they would get the job, get trained and then quit without notice to return to the IRS. When I found a job to replace the IRS, it was transfered overseas after 5 weeks. I worked hard to scrape together enough money to start a training program for a new career. I now work full time and attend my training course. I spend no less than 3 hours a day in transit. For the first time in over 3 years I feel like an American. I never want to be unemployed again. There were good things about it; I had time with my sons and now have a closer bond with them, aside for that, it destroyed my mental state, my self-esteem. I don’t care that my average day is 17 hours or more, I don’t care that I don’t get lots of sleep. Do I miss my family? Yes I do. I am willing to make that sacrifice to ensure that they have a better life. I hated being on unemployment, however, i’d rather have that aid going to an American who is trying to find employment than an illegal resident who gets paid cash for his jobs on top of it.

Joe I hate “entitlements”. I would rather you just put that money into the workers pocket, or into a manditory per worker account. That way if they become unemployed, you have an exact amount you have available. More overhead but damn we have to do something to stop this crazy spending and throwing money to people who aren’t part of this Great Nation.

America needs to focus on Americans. I have to say that I have seen a non Government assistance program that says,”Of course we will help you, and you can give of your time to clean our buildings, work in our canneries…” The administrators of that program understand that helping people while LETTING them DO SOMETHING to feel like they are earning the help. It also happens that everyone I have ever seen in that program finds gainful employment and then GIVES back to help others.

The issue with the programs in place is that they force you to look for work, while paying you better than you can earn with the most avaiable jobs. I had issues getting jobs in fast food because I am OVER QUALIFIED! That pissed me off! I wanted to work! I wanted to feel like I was doing something to support my family. I still would be facing forclosure, but at least I would feel like I tried, rather than like it was beyond my control.

“The easiest way to enslave people is to give them what they “need”.” The current Administration is following the same business format as any succesful drug dealer… the first few hits are “free” or “discounted”, by the time you figure out you’re an addict, it’s too late. You can’t function without what they supply, can’t think, can’t work… and you will do anything they tell you for that fix…

No wonder the President talks about his drug use. It is how he wants to run the country.

Master Pags, I love when you fill in for Glenn. You speak the truth and call us on our actions. You challenge us to be Americans.

May God bless you my friend.

-Keo

08.10.12

Social Programs as far as I am concerned are nothing but communism and evil. I support Charity. My wealth should not be stolen from me to give to the useless. We need to end all social programs. We can not do it tomorrow. We need to end Social Security period. However too many people are now dependent upon this communist program of slavery. Here is my solution – all those 50 and above will get SS till they die. Everyone 30-49 give them every penny they have paid in as a lump sum. require it to be invested (give them a variety of options of where it can be placed. Continue to have a SS type tax taken out- (ie a mandatory savings program- matched as now by employer- it is part of your pay) something you are not allowed to touch until retirement age, inheritable by your heirs (Unlike SS) give them perhaps their money and 6% interest, those 18-29 give them every penny they have paid in and 3 % interest. Food stamps welfare, housing etc- Start 3 months from now by reducing the payments by 3% per month until it is gone. Let them know when the last check will be issued and how much (Little ) it will be. Show them in writing how the program will end. NEVER TO BE STARTED AGAIN! REPEAL OBAMA CARE! If you do not work you do not eat. Encourage people to give to charity with even greater tax breaks- oh say- 25%up to dollar for dollar (based upon income)reduction in taxes vs the 3% it is now. Your taxes (end this system- another story– yea I know graduated taxes are communism..but lets get rid of it peacemeal at least) say are $4500. You give $4500 to charity and you owe between $0 and $3375 before other deductions. Let the charity decide how they will feed people. If they want to require a church service prior to a meal fine. Public humiliation is good for the soul and is a deterent to looking for a handout.

08.10.12

In this severely depressed economy, you should be ashamed of yourself for blaming the victims.

“Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? “-Ebenezer Scrooge.

We all know people who have lost their jobs, their homes, their marriages and their health insurance.

Trying to resurrect the old “welfare queen” image in these times is a sick travesty.

You imagine you’re surrounded by a world of wastrels who don’t want to work, and who think they are “entitled” to your hard-earned money.

Get your head out of your ass, you evil moron!

Joe,
I want to say “Thank You” for sharing your views and opinions on this important issue. All I can say is that “no one” has ever put this issue to bed quit like you have!! Joe, I want to speak to you about some of the problems facing our nation, I am even willing to go to Texas to meet with you, its a matter of saving this Constitutional Republic and our Individual Freedoms vs a Socialistic Democracy run a muck by collectivist who have gotten control of the minds of the masses.
Thank You Again,
Mathias
P.S. In the Marine Corps, I took an oath to protect our Constitution!!

08.10.12

My thoughts EXACTLY! Living in Southern CA, I see all the law breakers that came to our country illegally, getting every benefit under the sun. I can’t understand it, except to know that those in government want their illegal votes. That’s also why our legislators are not having Voter I.D. As far as free breakfast and free lunch, how ridiculous is that? I grew up with very little too. My father was a factory worker not earning much. I had cereal in the morning, and made a balogna sandwich for my lunch. Is that so hard? There were 6 of us in our family. In the summer, my dad was often layed off for 3 months in the summer during model change in the car factory. My parents managed meagerly. We had no luxuries in our home. We all got a job when we were 16, – sooner when we fibbed about our age. We knew the work ethic.

Hey Joe, Thanks for subbing for Glenn today. I Couldn’t Agree with You More. I don’t know if you guys have Schwan’s Foods in Texas (They deliver Gourmet food to your door) A few weeks ago I saw a Schwan’s Truck with a huge sign on the door that said “We Accept EBT” which is California’s Food Stamp Card. Joe I do ok but I can’t afford Schwan’s. The fact that Food Stamp recipients can get it is appalling!! My husband lost his contract managing a medical facility in January and we do not accept any gov’t assistance and we won’t. If need be I will go back to waiting tables which i haven’t done since I got married 20 years ago. We have always been self employed and we pulled in the pursestrings and are starting 3 new busienesses to make up for the lost income. Two of the businesses are actually my 17 year old son’s. (He builds websites/blogs & has a film & editing firm.) Anyway Great Piece I am going to put a link on my website back to it. Come visit my site if you can. I am a tea party patriot and a journalist. You can read my work there.

PS. I am 46 and graduated in ’84 too. Much of my family is in TX. Loved being back there for Restoring Love.

Everyone over 40 years old will undoubtedly be in accord with everything you have written. I am not sure if there was a free lunch program when I was in jr-sr high school, but I am certain that kids from that time would have been embarrassed to be on such a program long-term. This age of entitlements is so counter to the work ethic on which this country was founded and which my parents instilled in my sister and me.

I always enjoy Glenn Beck’s program when you are the guest host. On Monday I was sooo disappointed that you were not the guest host, so breathed a sigh of relief to hear your voice on Tuesday and again today. You would be so much better on the LA station that used to carry Glenn Beck than the current sad sack replacements.

08.10.12

Joe,
LOVE listening to you when you fill in for Glenn as that is the only time i get to hear you. Just wanted to say that you nailed it on this subject. I heard you today on the Glenn Beck program and loved your take on “entitlements”. This has gotten under my skin for a long time now. I work two jobs to pay my way in this world and many people on the govt dole live better than i do. Sad thing is, they are perfectly capable of working, they just don’t. One of my coworkers knows a girl (in her early 20′s) who has 3 kids by 3 different guys. She collects child support from each one, lives in section 8 housing ($10/mth rent), gets $250 per child, per month in food stamps, gets medicaid and HAS NEVER HELD A JOB! How is this allowed? She is not disabled, she is capable of working, but because she was raised in the welfare generation, she just continues it. Why do i pay taxes for these people??? It makes me furious, so thank you for talking about this today. I think there are a lot of people out there who arent aware of the misuse and fraud going on in welfare, food stamps, etc. Thank you for bringing it to the light of day and speaking out on it.

08.10.12

A quote I read recently (parphrased): More people ‘vote for a living’ than work for a living.

08.10.12

Heard you on Beck on this topic. ABSOLUTELY right on!

08.10.12

Excelled article! I have been beating the drum regarding the EBT or Electronic Benefits Transfer program (that’s what we call the SNAP program in Nebraska) for years.

I have worked in the loss prevention (shoplifter catcher) field in Omaha for 12 years. 11 of those years were spent at a grocery store in the so called wealthy area of Omaha. It is appalling the lack of negative stigma that surrounds the use of the card issued by the EBT program. Card holders routinely carry their cards in pain view and express their joy in receiving “free food”.

I constantly watched the MAJORITY of EBT users select potato chips, cookies,lobster tails, expensive cuts of beef, birthday cakes etc. The holder would then make a cash purchase of cigarettes, liquor and lottery tickets. Many of these cash purchases were well over a hundred dollars.

It was ironic that my profession was to detain and arrest theft but with EBT I was just an observer to the theft of tax payers dollars.

08.10.12

Living on welfare is an addiction. We have laws on the books regarding individual use of drugs such as heroin. Why? Without going into the argument about the efficacy of those laws, the simple reason is that heroin is extremely addictive, meaning that once you get hooked on it, it’s extremely difficult to stop using it. We as a society in general look dimly on those who push heroin, who attempt to get new people addicted to it. We view such activity as negative, wrong or evil. So, tell me – how is the guy pushing heroin, the guy who tries to get people addicted to it any different than a government that pushes welfare, which is also a highly addictive product? How is addiction to one considered bad, whereas an addiction to the other is considered good? Why is it okay to enable and make excuses for the unemployment/disability/SNAP addict, but not okay to enable and make excuses for the heroin addict? Logically, this is utterly ridiculous, yet we push this double-standard with no guilt and no shame. You want to know where our country is headed? Take a look at a 19th-century opium den, and you’ll get a pretty good idea.

08.10.12

Why not take all the money, buy old textile factories across America and set up a place where you pick up your check? This would create jobs that are fully funded.
Such as bus drivers to pick up the people in need.
Administration jobs to hand out checks.
Labor force to remodel these buildings for day care.
Day care employees to keep and educate children while there parents are taken to jobs to earn this entitlement.
Cooks to provide breakfast ,lunch and dinner.
You can add to this list with every need to support this program mechanics, teachers ( all trades) ,and it is fully funded.
Extra money would be gained by people who collect these entitlements and
work under the table they would no longer be able to do both,they would join the work force and pay taxes or do what ever job was needed in there area earning their check.
Extra money would be gained because to get a check you must pass a drug test ,of course we would provide drug rehab ( look another job fully funded) .
After the great depression people in need were put to work building our state parks and paid with government money.Why not now?
Punch holes in this idea or add to it or better yet make it happen.IMG_0039.JPG

Your Comments

Excellent article. At last someone is saying what we have been saying for years. I don’t know how they can have all these food distribution centers in churches, etc., when the government already provides for people who are in need.

Unfortunately, people are not embarrassed about anything anymore. They believe they deserve it.

08.10.12

Your words are exactly my thoughts Joe. You’d have to be blind not to see the damage welfare entitlements do to people. I have noticed that the best stimulus for creating jobs, is when a person’s unemployment runs out. It’s amazing how fast they can find a job, after two years of not being able to.

I compare government welfare to a wheelchair for some. After people have been in it long enough, and wheeled to wherever they are going, they become too weak to stand on their own two feet, even if they wanted to. Obviously that’s what the government wants

For food stamps, I’d like to go back to the days where the government passed out blocks of cheese, canned meat, peanut butter and powdered milk. No one starved then, nor would they now. If they complain about the same stuff over and over—–there’s another incentive to GET A JOB!!

As for housing—I think the government should build huge barracks. Something cheap with partitioned rooms. If people didn’t like hearing the neighbors kids through the thin walls—then again—GET A JOB AND MOVE OUT! Think how cheap these building could be. All they need is a roof to keep the rain out and heat in the winter. Oh—and throw in a community kitchen at one end. Maybe even stock it with some health food!

Like you, I believe in help for those that really need it. For that reason I think any type of monetary help should be returned to where the towns used to distribute it. Then when Billy Bob claims he has terrible back pain, the town would be glad to help him out. But once his local neighbors see him out chopping wood, his funding would be withdrawn.

Every time we remotely suggest trimming back ANY entitlement program—like food stamps —-they hold up some “poster child” that is quadriplegic, in a wheelchair, malnutrition and on oxygen. Let’s see the REAL food stamp recipients…..those that have to lean on their shopping cart to help support there 350-400 pounds of of weight with their stomach flab hanging out from under their shirt and over their pants. You know the ones I mean. The ones that have their shopping carts full of boxes of cookies, potato chips, 3 half gallons of ice cream, cupcakes and a quart of DIET SODA—to PRETEND they are trying to stay slim. Let’s pull the government pacifier out of their mouths—and show them how to REALLY diet!!!

08.10.12

I was flipping channels today while driving (home health nurse) and heard your rant on entitlements. Tell it like it is I reckon! So refreshing to hear in the way that you explained it. I was one of those kids in school who got free lunches. It was completely embarrassing and sometimes you didn’t eat depending on who was in the line around you due to the embarrassment. Now, I am a hard working tax payer who also wants to help others when they are down on their luck—but not when they play the role of a generational career entitlement recipient. In healthcare, i see entitlement recipients with everything you mentioned (tvs, ps3, nice nice cars, etc). And in Tennessee you get a free cell phone with minutes or text capabilities so that “potential” employers can call you!!! ad nauseum.
I really really enjoyed your Friday show. Hope to hear more from you in the future!

08.10.12

Ever notice how the Left has a “hook” for everyone? If you can’t be hooked with “free” entitlements, because you’re a self-sufficient individual, they have another hook for you- If you are gay, well only they are the tolerant ones, If you’re concerned about the environment, only they are good stewards of the Earth, If you despise war, only they are peaceful, If you love all God’s creatures, Only they care about animal rights, If you envy the rich, Only they will shake them down for you. The problem is that if you support them, you don’t just get your hot button issue adressed; you have to take the whole package. Do you really think these politicos really care about all those things? Are you really concened about all of those thing? Is it not more reasonable to conclude that you’re being sold a bill of goods? Ask yourself if you got your wish in 2008, or did you get hooked?

08.10.12

Your Comments Everything you said in your blog is 100% accurate. I cannot tell you how many people that I know that are happy as a lark to sit and receive hand outs from the rest of us, but will not work a job that is “beneath them.” Huh? Frankly, I am getting really close to just throwing up my hands. The mindset that I don’t care how you do it, I don’t care if you have to keep borrowing money from our children and grandchildren, just don’t take my stuff is pervasive on a world wide basis. I don’t see an election changing that thinking. JUST GIVE ME MY STUFF. Makes me want to puke.

08.10.12

Thanks Pags! Well put!! Maybe this first then stop the misuse of the health care system by illegals and those same muchers on “entitlements” Like your comments.

08.10.12

Thanks Joe! My wife lost her job awhile back and, while the income was not REALLY needed to support our family (just three of us – kid in 1st yr of college), we thought about taking the “free” un-employment cash…After reading you post – NO WAY, NOT NOW! Thanks again Joe!

Your Comments Joe, I agree with you wholeheartly…………The old and sick are not the ones hurting welfare (or whatever you want to call it), it is the illegals and those that have made a life of living on it. Thanks to Johnson, the Social Security is in trouble. It was under him the government started dipping into it for other things. STOP THAT AS WELL. Look how welfare has balloned under barack-a-broke !!!!!!! More welfare=more votes !!!!!!!!!!!!

You got it right on the money Joe! couldnt have said it any better! Now if we can just get more people to actually start FEELING the embarassment and loss of pride by being on all these entitlements maybe America can return to her roots :)

08.10.12

Right on Pags.

08.10.12

Regarding “unemployment benefits”–six months is a good number. However, it should also be based on location. Truthfully, there are many places where jobs just are not available. And, as a former business owner, I wouldn’t be hiring either. With “obamacare” to contend with, a small business dosen’t stand a chance of “growing”. And, you are right about who pays for unemployment–and we pay it at a state and federal level as well. And, if you lay someone off, you, as a business owner are penalized by virtue of increased payments. Employees do not contribute to this at all.

Anyone receiving welfare/medicaid, etc. should be subjected to a drug test before receiving any handout. Period!!! Many industries/business are required to do this with their employees so this is not “discrimination” as many like to claim. That’s just plain “bullshit” (can I say that??).

As to “food stamps”, let’s just take the northeast for example–family of 3 or 4 with maybe a $450/wk. net income. They barely survive. The average 2 bedroom rent is about $1,000/month (less than that would be in an area so crime ridden that you would be scared to death to live there). Then add utilities–elec/oi/gas, etc. The northeast has the highest utility costs and the average family of 4 with a 2 bd. apt/house can expect to pay at least $300 (budget) a month. So now you need a vehicle to get back and forth to work (just so you can survive). Medium priced car with gas/tax/ins./main. etc.–what–about $800/mo??? Do you need a phone and a TV–yes, with a limited plan–but yes especially with a family–sorry, I believe in that–so there’s another $100 month. So, what about clothes, medical expenses and food????? Guess you can see where I am going with this–Food stamps are the only answer but should come with being drug tested and with a list of qualified items to be purchased. That’s a given. So, now where are we–this family, while trying hard is pretty much doomed. And, then if Mom goes to work, there is day care (and Mom should stay home and take care of the kids). So, how do you solve this problem???

At what point do we say enough with all the “freebies” to other countries and the illegals in this Country??? I SAY THAT POINT IS RIGHT NOW. At least if we are going to “give” let it be here, in this Country. You know I don’t think taxpayers would feel so bad about that if all the other crap ceased. Do you???

And, disability–that’s a whole other animal–I could tell tales, big time about a lot of people.

Basically until we get prices under control and stop the crime/graft/corruption at every level, these situations are only going to get much worse. There are many people who are working very hard and trying to do the right thing, but are still getting screwed. Those are the ones who should be helped, IMHO.

08.10.12

I have an idea — you liberal from Suffolk County, tell me EXACTLY what it is in my column you directly disagree with. Don’t give me some socialistic generalities. Be specific.

thanks
Pags

Your Comments Have you spent anytime at a school lately? I mean real time … perhaps even volunteering. How much time time have you spent in a middle school cafeteria or a high school for that matter? Just wondering where you collected your information. I remember you “Master Pags”. My parents would be very interested in reading this article.

08.10.12

I really enjoyed what U said. I’m older than U & my dad only had seasonal work when I was in school. Back then, Unemployment Commpensation was very low.. At high school they told me & my brother we could get free lunch if we worked for it. They told my brother he could wash dishes in the cafeteria & that was fine, but they told me 2 go 2 the girls’ PE teacher & ask what work she wannted me to do 4 her. I was too embarassed so I never did. Instead, I went to a class during my lunch period so no one would know. My mother refsed 2 apply for welfare; she said God would supply or needs & He did. Also, U talked about selling your saxophones & said they were real good ones. What kind were they? I play, also & the one I liked best was a Selmer Mark VI.

08.10.12

Thanks for writing this, it’s great Joe!

08.10.12

They were both Mark VIs

Pags

08.10.12

I’ve spent plenty of time in school lately.. and I stand by every word. Pass the link off to your parents.

pags

08.10.12

What a remarkable compilation of educated opinions. I much like the other commenters have been in a situation where entitlement programs saved my family in their time of need. My dad was laid off as his company went under when I was in high school. My mom went back to work after taking the past decade off raising her 5 children and while my dad put one of those kids through college and had 2 in college at the time. I remember getting only a pair of sweatpants with $50 in the pocket for Christmas that year. Now during this time, I came home every single day to find my dad on the computer looking for jobs while also working some side IT jobs for his buddies for cash. I wasn’t on free lunch, we didn’t get food stamps, and really my parents were embarrassed enough just collecting unemployment for the few months that he did. It was through my mom’s hard work and my dad’s dedication that I was still able to play travel baseball which carried easily $1000 in expenses that summer and because of that I am now playing baseball in college on scholarship while also getting an education. THIS is the American Dream.

Where this breaks down is the lack of a family centered nation. People receiving entitlement payments are most likely either single mothers who aren’t getting child support from their scum bag baby daddies, or baby daddies who would rather drink a 12 pack every night than pay for his child to eat breakfast. It would be interesting to see how many people that receive entitlement fall into the “average American family” (Dad, Mom, 2.5 kids, etc.)

08.10.12

Read my column again. You’ll note that it’s pertaining to those who are able-bodied.

Pags

08.10.12

Wow — so, you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and assume everything everyone says is an insult to you or your race? Really? I have plenty of gold chains — and drive many nice cars. Wonder if I was talking about me? Hmmm.. Read the column again — and listen to the podcast. Let me know where I identify a race of people. Thanks, Sparky!

pags

08.10.12

I don’t get it. Why on Earth would your mortgage double? Help me understand. Did you sign some adjustable rate mortgage? Why? If you can’t afford the house — put it up for sale. Can’t sell it? Get an apartment and let the house go. If there’s not work where you live, move to where the work is. If you’re disabled and cannot work — there’s Disability until you can.

There’s always something you can do. Don’t throw in the towel.

Pags

08.10.12

Instead of searching on job boards.. why not just get in the car and stop by everywhere and apply face to face? Always worked best for me.

Pags

08.10.12

just copy the link and send it around. Pags

Thanks Joe. I took notes on this one. Planning to use them at my next Tea Party Meeting.

08.10.12

Your Comments I am 70 yrs old and all that I want is a free hot lunch before I meet my maker.I paid for this program most of my work life and I would like to sample what the fruits of my labor have provided. One HOT FREE HOTLUNCH!

Your Comments Your Singing to the Choir ,Those People who Stiffs the Taxpayers, Will keep doing it ,until the well goes dry ! They literly dont care . Work is not in their make up ! I really dont blame Them ,Its the Fault of Politicians that need the Vote to stay on Federal Welfare themselves ! Its not their Money ! Its just like 1, If I came in every day for 90 days ,handed you a $5 bill ,Thanks you Say ,without any Explantion on my part . The 91st day I walked passed you ,just saying Hello . You call out “Wheres my $5 Bill !!! During WW2 there were no Hand outs . You scrounged for Coal ,along the Miles of Railroad Tracks ,fallen off steam Trains . You went to the Churches ,and yes ! Begged for something to eat and Wear! lots of times ,turned down ! Faimilies were your Safety Net . Got Pregnant before Marriage ,You werer hidden as a Out Cast, Today!, its a Badge of Honor . No Shame Shone ! Uncle Sap, or the State will take care of us .Free is the Catch Word !Free Lunches are provided in Schools 1 So these kids grow up hearing a Word that no Payment is Made to anyone, for the Service or product! Im a HS dropout, that Raised 4 kids without a Handout . That Free Sandwich ,that was handed you in the Schools Lunch room ,Costs Someone !.So was the Desks and Blackboards you sat in front of!! The mentallity is started in our Schools ,Free Education!!! HumBug The Pensions that I enjoy Recieving .(SS/Medicare & Navy ) Were Earned By Me !. Paid ,SS at the Age of 16 (with Working Papers ) Then Served 41 yrs 1 month 1 day,in the Navy , Last 9 yrs ,served without pay and Promotion as a Sel Reserve flight line Chief Retired at 60 , So ! those FREE LOADERS “T” me Off . But the Politicians . Are Leechs and have No respect for any of those Liars

I will agree with you, since I need to point out that more people in Government receive a welfare check than those without any job. What do I mean? We are paying congressional officers $174,000.00 a year to create laws that they in turn hire judges who are paid in a range of $115,000.00 to $300,000.00 a year to enforce those laws, but they instead challenge those laws in an attempt to have them changed or questionable to control who wins and who loses based on a single decision by an individual judge, what a waste of spending when we pay someone to create laws who then hire someone and tell them they don’t have to enforce them if they don’t want to they can challenge those entrusted to create the laws, and instead focus on matter of opinion, or Matter of Opinion by Justice Scalia on the US Supreme Court. They have created a trial rule that over rides the constitutional right to trial by jury in civil matters of $25 or more, the sixth amendment to the bill of rights. Odd that they called me lazy and unwilling to work when I did the work of ten to twenty attorneys and their staffing, because most attorneys have legal aides, paralegals and legal secretaries who do work on the case, and in self representation I did the work of all of those people including the private investigators. I attended Ivy Tech recently, while I was there Laura Bush was a speaker as was this man named Jim, who is a frequent speaker on weekend in washington dc I forget his last name right now, and one day I think she spoke to me in the hall way there, in bloomington Indiana.
Back to the subject at hand, I think that most of the jobs created in the government are welfare based, my mom sat at the department of revenue for several years, collecting money so she could set in an air conditioned office and collect money, isn’t that the purpose of the IRS to collect money so they can have income? Even the people who say they work handing out welfare and food stamps are taking welfare, because if they weren’t so many people watching and monitoring welfare they could probably afford to feed, cloth and house ten times as many people as they do, and might end homelessness.

08.10.12

Wow you people have some nerve sitting here berating the poor as though they aren’t trying! Maybe some aren’t but the majorityI know are and just aren’t making it. I am on welfare because when I was 18 fresh out of foster care with no family, a $7 an hour job, and nothing to my name I went to college. I couldn’t afford it without the Pell Grant and figured I couldn’t pay back a four year degree although I graduated high school and my Medical Assisting program with a 4.0 I am stuck with $10,000 in debt. I am now married with screwed credit because I lost a few apartments and am well behind on my student loans as MAs make whopping $10 an hour and now we have 3 kids. You’re a little insensitive as we make $1200 a month at our part time jobs because for the past five years no one has been hiring us at full-time but part time to move up to full-time. Having shot credit we have to rent month to month which costs us $800 for a one bedroom. If we wanted a 2 bedroom for our children it would be $1200. Our car insurance is $133 a month and then gas is $200 a month. My husband is working I am not because of childcare costs and by the end of the month we are broke without adding in food, health costs, or miscellaneous costs ( diapers, wipes, household products like soap).

And we have no family to help us out. I was in foster care for a reason and my husbands parents died when he was 15. So what is your solution for us I wonder. We are working but not making enough to survive because of lack of full-time employment. We live in Las Vegas NV where work is sooo hard to come by and help is scarce, and we have no support other than ourselves.

Welfare is the only thing keeping us alive right now and you want to fade it out in 6 months? We’ve been living like this for 5 years. My husband started at $7.25 an hour, has worked for 5 yearsand makes $8.75 an hour, and has just now been qualified for full-time employment. Not that we could take advantage of the insurance because the $150/month expense would literally leave us homeless adding copays, prescriptions, etc… the point is we can’t live off of minimum wage. A family of five making $14,000-30,000 year cannot survive and the answer isn’t making children homeless or to starve them by denying them access to basic needs. We get welfare for our children to feed, clothe, and support their basic needs. We aren’t talking trips to disneyland and brand name things.

I want to thank you for bringing me so much pleasure. I follow you on FB and read your comments on a daily basis. Todays Being Embarrassed was truly on the mark. Keep enlightening us.

08.10.12

Thank you for this insightful article!! I agree 100%. Scary where our United States is headed!!!

08.10.12

I was at local convenience store who always have help wanted sign on door. I had to wait as a late teenage young lady translated for a woman in her 40s to the cashier. The cashier signed a paper for them and they left. The cashier explained it happens everyday they come there to get their papers signed showing they are looking for work. She said they know they have to speak english to get the job so just come there to get their papers signed. She said she has seen some of them come by later and buy things and speaking english.

08.10.12

Yes!!! Well Said!!!
I see no reason why anyone at all would need to go longer than 6 months without a job. I have been there before, out of work and you know where there are ALWAYS jobs? In restaurants and retail. It may not be a career but it will pay the bills until the dream job comes along.
I assure anyone out there, in fact, I will guarantee that anyone who is unemployed can walk into restaurants that are hiring,
(and yes, you must walk in, not use job boards)and within a few days or so of actively (that means going out every single day) looking, you will have a job. They are always hiring and you don’t always need an awful lot of experience. So, you may have a great degree and you worked so hard to get through school, etc, etc but if this is what is going.to get you by for awhile, then that is what you must do. Yes, its not a great job and yes, you will work long hours but you will be feeding your .kids?, yes? Paying your mortgage, yes? Working an honest job for honest pay. I have done it all of my life and never once when times were tough did I even consider asking for a handout, even temporarily. No, I busted my behind and got out there and if I wasn’t making ends meet, I sold my stuff, clothes, furniture, electronics, dvds, cars even. You know why? Because I am the one responsible for feeding myself and my family, noone else.
I don’t know where so many people have gotten the idea that it is ok to rely on others to take care of them. Of course, there are always hard times and sure, sometimes people need a boost, but that’s all it should be, a boost. Enough isus enough with living in small towns with no work bs! All towns have restaurants and thell need servers, dishwashers and cooks. No restaurants? Hmm, maybe drive outside of town to a larger town! The amount.of time I spend driving every day to make sure I have what I need and live the life I want to live is astronomical, but I do it. I do it because I want to live the dream and I don’t want.to be limited and bound by handouts. I don’t want to have to count on anyone else. but me and I want to be able to do what makes me happy without having t o rely On someone else.
I’m right there with ya. Six months is far more than enough time to get back on track and get a job and start paying the bills again. Like you said, mortgage too high? Bills too high? Can’t afford your lifestyle? Change it then! There is no reason why I should have to pay for your luxuries, I am far too busy trying to pay for my own, I certainly dont feel like working to pay for yours too and there is no reason why you should feel “entitled” to my hard earned money forever. That is all.
Awesome blog!!!

08.10.12

I would back a person running for any office who would STAND UP and support the truth. This is a great article Pags, I just wish there was a ” Politician ” with enough backbone to run on this. The media would crucify him, but I really believe there are enough ” common sense Americans ” left that would back him or her. Again, great article.

08.10.12

thanks!!

08.10.12

Do what I did — try harder. Work 2 jobs each. Not enough? Make it 3 jobs each. If you need help — get it for a finite amount of time. Is should not be a way of life forever. Please reread my posting and try to see it for its logic and common sense. You seem to have thrown your hands up in the air. Do what I did — work your way out of it. It can only get better.

pags

08.10.12

“I don’t get it. Why on Earth would your mortgage double? Help me understand. Did you sign some adjustable rate mortgage? Why? If you can’t afford the house — put it up for sale. Can’t sell it? Get an apartment and let the house go. If there’s not work where you live, move to where the work is. If you’re disabled and cannot work — there’s Disability until you can.”

Well, damn, I had no idea it was so easy to sell your house in one of the worst housing markets this country has ever seen. Or just let it go, gee why didn’t I think of that? Do you think that’s being a responsible person, Joe? And why didn’t I think to go where there are jobs? Sure, I’ll pack up my car, leave my family roots, and go to… where are all those jobs again? Hmm, I can’t fit all of my essentials and the WIFE AND KIDS in the car at the same time. Guess they’ll have to fend for themselves, eh Joe?

Not all of us have the means to just go to another state or city for a job. The job market is so soft right now that employers have enough local candidates, which they prefer anyway. And not everyone is as unscrupulous as you, Joe, who can so easily walk away from your financial commitments.

Try thinking outside of your cushy little world for a minute, Joe. Try to remember what it means to really struggle. Try to empathize with those who are less fortunate, or who have come on hard times due to no fault of their own. I had a decent job, making $75k+ per year, and I was laid off because they could hire two inexperienced college grads for the same salary. I had money saved up for college for the kids… not anymore! I had a decent house… short sale! I coached little league and gave generously (both time and money) to my church. After being out of work for 9 months, I am completely depressed and have no energy for anything other than a job search. And I can’t go to the doctor for anything because we have no insurance!

You make it sound SO easy to recover from circumstances that have devastated so many lives. You lack any sense of feeling for your fellow man, Joe. You are cold, callous, and unfeeling. I don’t feel good about the government benefits I am receiving, but without them my family would starve. I’m sure you’d like that, because then you could hold on even tighter to your little pile of money. You greedy little turd.

08.10.12

“Do what I did — try harder. Work 2 jobs each. Not enough? Make it 3 jobs each. If you need help — get it for a finite amount of time. Is should not be a way of life forever. Please reread my posting and try to see it for its logic and common sense. You seem to have thrown your hands up in the air. Do what I did — work your way out of it. It can only get better.”

I know this wasn’t directed at me, but this just shows how truly out of touch you are with the real world. There aren’t 2 jobs for me to get! McJob? Too old, too much experience. My field? Too old, too much experience (see my previous comment). New field? Too old, no experience. Are you seeing a trend here, Joe? All I do every day is look for work and it isn’t there… 9 months later, I am still looking. Under your plan, I would be living on the street. Which I could deal with, if it weren’t for the wife and kids. What would you tell them? I really want to know.

08.10.12

Yup.. you’ve thrown up your hands and have said, “I can’t do it.” Out of touch my ass. I’ve been where you are.. and I’ve persevered. You’re telling me I’m better than you? You’re admitting the economy has defeated you? I’ll say it again, “TRY HARDER.”

Pags

08.10.12

Seriously, spend less time trying to argue with me on my blog and go out and get yourself some work. If there were no work, there’d be no more classified ads. You’re barking up the wrong tree here, Sparky.

Pags

08.10.12

Work 2 or 3 jobs? Are you kidding! I have 3 children not all of whom are in school and the job I have now has me on call basically. I get a schedule each week and then am told how that schedule has changed later on. It doesn’t leave room to find andres ther job when you dont have a set schedule at both jobs. and 3? really how would you do that? you have to sleep and haee timw qith the kids at somr point. I am looking for a fulltime position. im on aphone.so excuse.the spelling errors. And how can we go lower on bills? we live in a month to month one bedroom apartment with utilities paid, own no furniture, have a 2003 chevy that would sell for $500 tops in the condition its in. We have nothing to sell, nothing worth value, and we are looking for work. for our assistance if we work under 35-40 hours a week we have to make it up job searching. We’ve put in at least 700 applications each. I have a college degree (n medical assisting but can’t afford to go back to school for something better. until we get a break we are stuck and I dont see how you think food banks or churches can possibly help eeeryone if they were turned away in our position for givernmwnt help wirhin 6.months. Yes, there are welfare queens squeezng every dime they can out of the system, but for every one of thise I bet there are 20 families like mine scraping by.

08.10.12

Yes, work 2-3 jobs, Chelsea. If that doesn’t cover it.. make it 4 or 5. I’m not special.. but, that’s exactly what I did to make ends meet. thanks.

08.10.12

How about this? Ill apply to x number of jobs (you set the number) this week, fax you the applications filled out before I turn them in and if I don’t have a fulltime position or 2 part time jobs by next month you give me a job that we can live off of, we will move to Texas or wherever you are and we will be off the entitlements. I will show you how hard it is to find a job.

08.10.12

how about this — I’ve been there and done that and I’ve persevered. Try harder. Stop trying to argue with me about how you can’t and apply that passion toward proving to yourself how you can. My goodness — do you realize how you’re throwing your hands up and giving in? Be better than this. If I can do it — you can do it. Stop the BS already. Wow.

Pags

08.10.12

Arogance. Just because you could do it while there wasn’t a recession, without 3 children, and with the help of your family doesn’t mean everyone can. I don’t have a family for one and I’ve worked 80 hours a week in 2007 then lost the job in November due to staffing cutbacks. We haven’t been back on our feet since.

08.10.12

I wish you well. You clearly believe you can’t do it. I thank God I never felt the same. Take care.

08.10.12

Until you have to struggle or meet some people who are you won’t be able to empathize. Im glad you’ve never been through this because no one deserves it.

08.10.12

listen, stop spending so much time arguing about why life is so horrible and get out there and do it. I’ve said over and over I HAVE faced the same challenges. You’re not listening. Enough.

Pags

08.10.12

With kids? and weve sold anything worth value already. How do you apply for jobs? most are online and with no computer we have only a few hours a day at the library to apply. trust me weve doee footwork but only landed part time positions. Its harder than you think and i’ sucks that you can’t empathize with the millions who are really struggling. I would love a fulltime job at McDonalds, Walmart, ot even better a job in Medical Assisting like I trained.for. Unfortunately it hasn’t been working out for us. We speak Spanish, I’m a college grad with a 4.0, and we have pretty good work histories. My husband worked at his job 5.years at $8.75 an hour with no benefits fulltime so I hope things turn up as you seem so optimistic. We haven’t given up for our childrens sake, its just alot harder to hold out hope when you try so hard and get so little in return. As I said before, we would rather work than be collecting welfare, have a savings instead of scraping by, and giving our.children from the work of our hands.

08.10.12

I think you people are looking at extremes. For example whoever stated that the “real” welfare recipients weigh 350-400lbs. Or the overgeneralization that people on welfare don’t work and just collect checks. Most welfare recipients are single parent households working either part time or fulltime that still meet the federal poverty guidelines. Two parent households receiving welfare are also on the rise because that once stable 2 person income has dropped to half of what they used to make, either in hour cuts, salary cuts, or being laid off a tenured position. A teo parent household with two kids would still qualify for welfare if they worked 40 hours a week.each at $8.25 an hour. They would get roughly $100 in foodstamps and medical for their two kids. Benefits or “entitlements” go down with income increases so if someone makes $2400 a month, has two kids, and gets free lunch for them they’re hardly double dipping as they really don’t have the income.to pay for school lunch everyday and are probably scraping by with food at home as is.

Also, I don’t get where people think welfare recipients of TANF just sit around all day. There are state specific requirements to receive TANF. Some require job training, resume making, and a certain number or certain number of hours job searching. Some require community service, trade school, or for you to be in college. TANF has a time limit of 60 months per lifetime. You run that out and no state will give you a check. Rental and Utility subsidies are usually given by private organizations once Section 8 is closed and aren’t a monthly allowance, but a one time thing per year. I see people struggle on these programs everyday trying to pay their bills and find work, but the economy is just too screwed.

And for those who said to sell your.belongings and apply for ANY job like McDonalds, Walmart, and resteraunt positions… What posessions does someone living off of $500 a month cash.and foodstamps have? Sure people abuse the system and sell drugs or prostitute or do side work without reporting it, but as a whole these people have nothing and certainly nothing worth $2000+ a.month to feed and shelter their kids with the bare essentials. I can get $150 for my Xbox 360 and games but if I couldn’t pay my $650 in rent what is $150 going to do for me if I had $0 coming in that month? Even say selling a car is worse than keeping it. Second hand value is depreciative and without a vehicle many jobs won’t hire you for having to rely on rides or the public transit. I’ve seen people line up around a McDonalds when they were doing open interviews in suits and ties with nicely.bindered resumes before. I’ve had people turn in sheets with 50-100 low wage.job searches.in the aervice and cleaning industries and never receive a call back.Just because those seem like easy jobs to get, the reality.right now is that they aren’t . I work in a Welfare office and I’ve seen both sides of this argument play out in front of me.

Things to remember are that most of these people have a.job or two and receive only one service or two to help them keep the income they have.coming in. People on the cash TANF cannot just sit back and collect their checks. If their requirements aren’t met on their individual selfsufficiency plans they can be barred from the programs for 3 months. Welfare doesn’t just go to the uneducated, unwed, lazy, fat, single mothers. Grandparents taking care of.their grandkids, the disabled, pregnant women who choose state adoption, and several other subcategorical people also receive welfare. And not all of these people have other options like familial support, working two or three jobs (seriously?:/), or using churches for help. And Pags if you really cared about the future generations growing up to be self sufficient you shouldn’t take their parents or parent away 24/7, which is what 3 fulltime jobs would be BTW.

08.10.12

Try harder. Stop making excuses. It’s funny — you have plenty of time and internet access to post here. Go — Do.

08.10.12

It is now painfully apparent you read.none.of that. Try again. I work at a.welfare office, I’m not on welfare, and I just compiled an intelligent overview of what “real” welfare recipients are and how they are mostly working single parent households.

08.10.12

Hmm I guess those 35-40 hours a week spent putting in applications and resumes counts for nothing because of the 5 minutes I spend replying to you here. Its obvious you’ve never been in this situation and just like to piss and moan because you’ve had to make a few sacrifices to get by in a tough stretch. Try having.never had anything to give up, work your ass off just to come up short every billing.cycle, and then to lose that very small sense of security you had. You just need to STFU and go meet some of these people before you judge them as lazyass moochers who want handouts and feel entitled. As I’ve stated before we have worked for 5 years at the jobs that just dropped us like a sack of potatoes. I made $9.10/hr and my husband made $8.75/hr when we were laid off and fired from our jobs of 4 and 5 years. They offered no benefits, barely ever overtime and kept us on such crazy schedules we couldn’t have held a second job. My husband did work the last 2 weeks at a temporary job making $8.25/hr so now we have a whopping $950 income for this month. But go ahead and live in lala land where there wouldn’t be mass rioting, pillaging, and assaults if these programs are fased out in 6 months.

08.10.12

Try harder. Thanks

08.10.12

You’re just sore because the Democrats just smoked.your candidate in this election. At least we are the majority now and people without empathy like you will be outvoted again and again. Republicans haven’t won a popular vote since the.mid 80s :)

08.10.12

That’s weird. Did GW Bush steal the 2004 election some how? Wow. This is why you’re unemployed. You don’t use your brain enough.

Pags

Your Comments

As much as they are a part of every man’s life, entitlements are a part of the historical record of this country, going back to the vast segments of land which the King granted to colonists, settlers, and Englishmen and their servants who came here with a dream for a better way of life, segments which the said “sovereign” provided via force or treaty from Native Americans. It is a fact of life that there will probably always remain a segment of the population which will have to be jumpstarted or assisted. And if there is anything left on the planet to share, we need to find ways to share it…or end up losing all of it because the oppressed will not always allow themselves to be oppressed.

Travel our country’s wide, expansive landmasses, hills, plains, valleys, suburban woods, and countryside if you want to see entitlement.

Why is it that, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, some of us–our ancestors and descendents–look across these vast fields and have no hope that this earth and the fruit therein is ours as much as it is anyone elses?

An honest day’s work or many life times of work may never address the issue that each of us needs to open our hearts to the hopes, dreams, and realities of our brother’s lives and possess and inhabit this planet as one loving people.

08.10.12

I’m sure you’re familiar with popular vs electoral votes. To my recollection (although I was 15) Bush won the electoral vote but not the popular vote. And I’ll just laugh myself to sleep now as my IQ is 150. That is why I am unemployed. I learned Spanidsh in 1 year, ASL in 9 months, passed college and high school with a 4.0 but I have never had a social life. Being socially adept and highly confident work more for companies than being an introverted intellect.

08.10.12

You certainly are full of yourself for someone who can’t find a job. Gore won the popular vote and Bush won the electoral college in 2000. Bush won the popular and electoral in 2004. If you want to challenge my column — do so. Get it through your head. I’m not making up what I write here. It’s real. It’s truth. That’s that.

Move on

Pags

08.10.12

I agree with you ro an extent Joe. These programs shouldn’t be used forever or as the sole support for you and your children. But a single mother working in retail has no choice really. Daycare/schools are only open at certain times and working 24/7 to feed, insure, clothe, and keep a roof over the head of one child would cost more in one month than 2 months worth of.retail paychecks. I think child support should.be more drastically enforced rather than punishing a mother and her child with the embarassment clause proposed.
And phasing out programs in 6 months would increase child hunger, child homelessness, and poorer national grade averages.

My proposal would be to enforce fatherhood. Make it a huge deal to be late on child support and increase the amount per child from 18% to 25% of their income. Don’t cut off child support for 10+ kids (if you have 10 children here you don’t have to pay anything in child support ever) or make it a.set $ amount per child. Say $300 per child plus carrying insurance for them.
For HUD housing and section 8 there should be ways to make it better. I mean more police patrol and enforcement to keep these areas drug and crime free. If you have a felony or don’t pass random drug tests, you can’t live there and your kids can go to foster care (which I would also redo but another topic for another day). That way kids who are forced into.these areas by bad economic.circumstance can still focus on childhood vs the gunshots at night.
Helping people get through college with usable degrees should be encouraged. Would you rather people be on entitlements for 18+ years and repeat the cycle through the next generation or help mom through 4 years of school and save a lifetime of support.
Less incentives after 2-3 kids. Pay foodstamps and medical for up to 3 kids max and after that make sure these parents know getting snipped is their best assurance of having government support.
You have the right idea, unfortunately I see mass riots and thousands.of homeless and starving children if everything is phased out in 6 months and selfesteem issues.for kids with the stigma you support. Bullies are bad enough without.being completely humiliated for something that isn’t your fault as a kid, such as being poor.

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