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Do you think there are people that really do deserve government assistance? Who and why?
(This is not meant for bashing but a sincere interest so please be nice!)

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 10, 2010
    • Yes, I do. Government assistance is there for times when someone just needs a leg up until they can stand on their own two feet. Then hopefully, they will pay it forward and give to organizations that will help others.

      And yes I also feel that some people need to be helped for the long term. There was a young man in my neighborhood years ago named Phil. He was developmentally disabled and his parents didn’t have much money. Phil went every day to a special school that was government funded. Then after school Phil went to his job. There were companies in the area that hired people like Phil and in return were given tax breaks. In my view that’s a win win situation. Phil was a joy to be around. So happy and really felt he was part of his community. But without the help of the government programs that helped Phil, he would have been confined to his home and needing full time care.




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      Kyah wrote May 10, 2010
    • Yes of course. For instance, I have a friend (born and raised here in the U.S.) who has worked all her life in various positions which didn’t pay much, but she paid taxes and worked until she was disabled. Now as a senior, she can barely make ends meet; has months where she can’t pay her phone bill because her medication is not completely covered and Medicare just bounced her into Medicaid because she can’t afford to co-pay anything without losing her home and her ability to eat. Another is a friend whose husband (a Vietnam Vet) found herself suddenly a widow and he did not have any life insurance. She is also disabled and because she was no longer getting his Social Security check, hers was half that and she couldn’t pay the mortgage on their house (she is also disabled to the point she can’t drive), then almost found herself homeless because of governmental red tape. There are so many people around the country in the same situation as she is and at no matter what age they are, they deserve government assistance.




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      Maryann Rhodey wrote May 10, 2010
    • I’m with you Cynthia.  I do think that there are times when people do need to be on assistance if they have fallen on hard times.  And especially people in Phil’s situation.  People with special needs will always need our help.  However, I know you knew this was coming, I don’t agree that people should be allowed to stay on assistance programs for extended periods of time without a reason beyond control.  There are people who come to this country from other countries and already know how to use the system.  They come in knowing the various programs they can go through to get enough money to live better than our elderly who have worked their entire lives for a measly pension.  I understand that we have our doors open to everyone with open arms but do we have to have open pocketbooks too?  Oh, I think I had better stop.  I don’t want to sound like someone who is against others coming to our country.  So many of them come here and work at jobs that others would turn down.  However, there is not a checks and balances.  It has gotten out of hand.  Just my two cents.




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      Kyah wrote May 10, 2010
    • I’m just glad many states have stopped paying women on welfare for each child they keep popping out because it used to be their money would increase with each child they have. There are immigrants who step off the planes and they get handed food stamps and Medicaid, and many immigrant elderly who receive home attendants 24 hours a day when their children are running around in BMWs and Jaguars. And yet here’s a double standard; they tried to pull a number on me when I was working part time and my grandmother was denied Medicare coverage because she had a broken hip and a stroke in the same year. That’s not how you treat citizens who have been paying taxes for decades!




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      Brimstone1968 wrote May 10, 2010
    • I believe in a hand up and not a hand out.  My niece had 1 semester of school left when she got her hours cut, then laid off, then her son 5 started acting up in school which they found out through testing his thyroid levels were out of wack.  She is a hard working educated single mom and we helped her out but she did get government assistance as a single mom to finish the last semester.  She is now working and is not on any assistance and I thank the Lord for the assistance she was able to get to finish school and move on.  Again a hand up not a hand out.




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      Lazylola wrote May 10, 2010
    • There are many that do and many more that don’t, I have a cousing who has been milking the system for years, just got awarded a full year rent free, welfare, food stamps, cash assistance, somehow she manages to work the system. I am disgusted with her and have turned her in time and again as I belive she abuses the system. Yet she still stays on...she is quite capable of working but prefers to busy herself getting all the freebies she can. I know there are many like her. I have no use for her or anyone like her. I’d give anything to be able to return to work, as I sit here in a house that is 91 degrees indoors, I cannot afford to heat or cool my home, but I am not ready for a handout or a hand up.




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      Marya1961 wrote May 11, 2010
    • Yes, and I know two people who worked their entire lives and thank God they were savers because when they applied for government assistance because of medical disability, they were denied.  

      When our son was in a charter school, he received the best education and the school administration was very sensitive to his learning needs. There were classes set up for children with physical handicaps also and all of the kids flourished.

      As the government changes (hopefully), more people could benefit and give back to our society (as in Phil’s case), but the cheating and unnecessary spending needs to stop.




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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2010
    • Very interesting.....

      I do believe there are those that should get the assistance. I think those that have a job but barely make minimum wage should be eligible for some benefits. I think those that are disabled should as well.
      This is a great topic and may generate another question or 2 from me.




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      Tina Sickinger wrote May 11, 2010
    • Yes, I do. I think everyone needs a little help at least once in their life and while most of us have family and friends to turn to, some have nobody. I must add that although I do think it’s necessary, I think the laws should be tougher on those who try to make it a way of life. Use it the way it was intended....to help you get back on your feet. estatic




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      Karyn Olson wrote May 11, 2010
    • I believe is someone is in need yes they should be eligible for assistance...but I cannot stand when you see someone taking advantage of it...I know a few people that are like that...but what can we do about it? Other than reporting it there is not much that can be done...and half of the time when you do report it nothing really is done...drives me nuts!




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      Angelcart wrote May 11, 2010
    • I believe people in true need of assistance should receive it.  I do also believe there should be welfare reform.  I know a girl who was in a horrible car accident over 30 years ago.  Had to re-learn to read, write, walk, everthing.  She is and has been capable of working for years but won’t because she doesn’t want to lose her monthly gov’t check and medicaid.  She’s been with the same man for over 20 years and they won’t marry because if they do, she loses her benefits.  I also think the receipients should be checked up on every so often to see how they are doing.  Lastly, I think they should drug test a lot of the receipients.  I’ve heard news reports about down here they will sell their Lone Star Card to someone for say 50 cents on the dollar that way they get cash and then can buy illegal drugs.  Just my opinion.




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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2010
    • Tina I agree with you 100%!




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      Marie66 wrote May 11, 2010
    • I agree with Tina too.. At one time I was on assistance when my ex left me in a bind with 2 small boys.. I didn’t know where else to turn but I told myself that I was going to get back on my feet and support my boys and myself.. I went to school got my G.E.D and after that went to college but left after one yr so I can a full time job (I was only working part time)..
      Medicaid did help me out sinces my ex didn’t want to pay for insurance sinces my oldest had ADD and the meds were expensive and my youngest had asthma and his inhalers were expensive as well plus he had to have surgery at the age of 3 yrs old.. I told myself that I was going to better myself and I wanted my kids to be proud of me..
      Well, now that I’m getting child support (all the back pay that the EX owes) he’s also having to pay the government back for the assistance that I had received when the boys were little..
      I’m not perfect, I just needed the help at the time and I appreciated it so much..




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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2010
    • GM it’s those situations that are what it’s there for. And you went in with the intent of bettering your situation. To me it sounds like yours is a success story!




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      Marie66 wrote May 11, 2010
    • Vikki.. THANK YOU! YOUR SO SWEET for saying that, It’s just that I was raised to work for our needs and wants, so it was hard for me to ask for help, but I also had family and friends that helped me along the way..




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      Mzd3 wrote May 11, 2010
    • Yes, I agree with you all, it should be available to those who truly need it. And I also agree with drug testing because I know of some people who sit home, doing drugs and dont work because its handed to them.




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      Veggie wrote May 11, 2010
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