seems to me that would feed them, house them, clothe
but what do i know
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Though there are some that are guilty of putting themselves in such dire straights, there are others that are not.
If your former employer merged and you lost your job (with benefits), and your only income was the minimum hourly wage (no benefits), would that influence your lifestyle? Could you rent a non-government supported apartment, pay utilities, cable, etc, pay for health insurance, buy an occasional round-trip plane ticket to visit family? Food costs have continued to rise due to increased delivery costs.
I'm just a bit confused, about who "they" actually are. Who are "They" that you are so sure that "They" are a bunch of freeloaders? Are "they" the single parent family where the adult is working two jobs to be able to pay for childcare while "they" are out of the house working? Are "they" the laid off autoworker in America's heartland? Are "they" the underinsured, who must make a choice between medicine and eating?
You see, stereotypical cliches work both ways. There are a few folks out there, willing to freeload off the system. There also are those folks who work their *** off, and still never get ahead, for a variety of reasons that are not entirely their own fault.
Did you donate your time and/or money during any of the national or world wide crises like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in indonesia, the Pakistani earthquakes, or the recent cyclones in Bangladesh? Or did you just comment about how tragic those events were, and wait for someone else to step up to the plate?
The reality about life is that people find themselves in need - even in the USA - through no fault of their own. The holidays bring out the charitable side (in some people) but they often forget that some people need help during the rest of the year, too. The only people who can be blamed for being hungry are those who spend their money on drugs, alcohol, and gambling. The rest of the hungry can use a helping hand. If you fail to see the distinction, then I think you need to re-examine some misconceptions you have formed.
Have a good Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) and try not to eat too much. Oh, and don't forget to be nice to the folk you see working their second or even third jobs in the stores during the holiday season... so they can make ends meet.
Grim. Do not worry about working our third and forth shift in a single day.
You and I can work forever until we are dead. (Morte)
Unfortunately I need some of my own money to stay off the streets.
Not easy these days. Social Security is dreadfull. Take a look at what you would receive right now.
Have you checked it out lately? You will be dissapointed in what you find.
Really pathetic and on top of that you will have to pay income taxes and a charge of $99 a month for Medicare, part A.
What is left to eek out a life? Not much.
I hope it is not your parents that have to rely on Social Security here in the U.S.
Can they even eat a decent meal? I don't think so.
Watch out for our U.S. elderly first. They are the ones that need support right now.
Protect your own first.
which showed the many ways oin which Scrooge was actually right and was a better employer than many others of his time.
To me the salient point is:even if you donate a bit of time or a holiday turkey today, there will still be hungry mouths tomorrow. The less fortunate will still need help in January, February, March, etc.
Yes! It doesn't get better; it only gets worse. All the giving and charity and socialistic government programs do not solve the problem; they make it worse! Sure, they make liberals feel better about themselves (Their main motivation) and give them a basis to look down on those evil misers, but IT DOESN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
So, what then IS the solution?
By the way, you can beat up on the poster all you want, but it is true that people who work hard, don't have children out of wedlock, finish school and don't do drugs do get ahead. The unemployment rate is at an all time low. Of course, nowadays with the price of crack, what is a mother to do?
I have no opinion at all about Mr. Scrooge's employment practices. You may be correct, but his employment policies are hardly relevant.
I don't doubt that in most cases you are correct re: it is true that people who work hard, don't have children out of wedlock, finish school and don't do drugs do get ahead but that statement makes a number of assumptions, the most important of which is that everybody is actually able to work hard, finish school, ... I don't have a lot of patience with people who have messed up their lives by making truly stupid choices, but there are a fair number of people (I meet them daily at work) who literally cannot do what is required to 'get ahead' for any number of reasons that have nothing to do with their personal choices.
Some of the people I'm referring to were injured at work, some of them have diseases that prevent hard work and education. Some have mental illness and wouldn't recognize a good life choice if it grabbed them by the hand and tried to drag them along. The list goes on and on and on and ... you get the idea.
I do not have any real solution to the problem of poverty, and I do not believe that government can solve the problem by expanding welfare programs. OTOH, I do not believe a humane person can simply ignore the problem of poverty.
I do not pretend to have the wisdom or discernment to reliably separate those who are poor as a result of making stupid choices from those who are poor because they do not have any alternatives. But for that second category it is certainly true that even if you donate a bit of time or a holiday turkey today, there will still be hungry mouths tomorrow. The less fortunate will still need help in January, February, March, etc. Furthermore, for that second category I do not believe it is accurate to claim that charity makes things worse. Finally, I'm not aware of any evidence that 'liberals' engage in charitable activity primarily to feel better about themselves. I don't always agree with liberals, but I do not believe you can justify that particular zinger.
or that you should never give to the poor. I am just pointing out that we seem to have created a self-perpetuating subculture of dependent poor who never get up and out. We have spent billions trying to solve the problem and it has not been solved.
Maybe we should rethink it instead of treading the same old ground.
a hand up rather than a hand out.
Perhaps requiring some sort of work from those on welfare - either school or volunteer work or some classes on how to look and apply for a job.
I think some people are afraid to lose their medicaid more than the welfare money. If there is some way to keep medicaid for the first year or two after getting off welfare, that might work.
Maybe they can work on some of those jobs that illegals do that are beneath Americans.
Having people on welfare for three or four generations is a difficult mindset to break.
There are several group homes in Syracuse that care for the disabled. They buy their groceries at Sam's. They bring in two to four of their people each time just to give them outings. They range from completely wheelchair bound to just a little off.
I have friends that are completely or legally blind and independent because of SS disablity.
The local grocery store employs retarded people as baggers or re-shoppers. Some can do their jobs and others need handlers.
I do not believe in calling alcholics or drug addicts disabled and putting them on disability. That is called co-dependence and is condemed in people but seems to be OK for the government.
As for the homeless - why are they homeless? Is it because of mental illness or addiction or bad luck?
Some are homeless because they have no address. I know that sounds silly but they could get help or SS if they had an address. Perhaps just giving them a mailbox or a general delivery at the Salvation Army or Rescue Mission might help.
I think I'll quit rambling.
My point was that (bigger picture) there would always be poor to feed; that issue will not be completely solved until Christ returns.
Of course, that doesn't mean we shouldn't try, and He also said the disciples could help the hungry when they wanted to. I didn't see any specific plan for that.
I still needed the help when I needed it. Had it not been there, I would have not been ABLE to do the things I needed to accomplish in order to get out of the system.
I agree there should never be the chance to have generation after generation live off of the dole; however, there HAS to be some program in place for people who fall on hard times.
What would you do without your disability? When you need it, you're thankful it's there.
"that charity makes things worse."
Not exactly what I said. What I am saying is that the sum total of charity, both voluntary and forced has in the long run not only failed to solve the problem, but has made it worse
so if i say "how many eggs do you have?" and you say "12"
and i order "1 dozen" will you say i don't have a dozen?
gimme a break....