Article: “I Was A Welfare Mother.”
I think it’s admirable for her to write something like that, and even more to live it. I think she’s an example of what welfare is supposed to do. Where we live now, most people are on welfare but just kind of expect it as a never-ending source of income instead of trying to get up and get going because of it. People make more off of welfare and WIC and state assistance than they would in an entry level job, so why they leave. A good friend of mine here, not LDS, is a social worker, working with rehabilitating criminals. They’re basically all on welfare, doing nothing. In the city hall the other day, she overheard a man’s comment about PA getting rid of cash-based assistance if you don’t have dependents at home. He said, “I can’t believe they stopped cash, people are just going to steal to get what they need, don’t they realize they are creating a problem.” Unfortunately this dependency on welfare for a living is what so many people here have, instead of it spurring them to action. It would be interesting to see statistics of how long people are on welfare, and factors that help them get off and be self-sufficient.
Isn’t the way to keep people from being dependent on welfare to make it possible for them to live without it? If you can work 40 hours a week and still not make enough to support your family, the problem isn’t with you, it’s with the economic system that allows your job to pay you less than what you need to live. 40 hours a week at minimum wage right now is $22,000 a year. That’s below the poverty level for a family of four. What are they supposed to do?
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