- Posted October 14, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Entitlement programs are NOT an option
The discrimination against those who are on what Washington calls “entitlement benefits” has been on the rise since the government shutdown. People are outraged at those who are living on welfare but have nice cars parked in their driveway. I’ve seen posts on the social media sites for years about how corrupt the welfare system has become. The discrimination has only intensified.
As a child, my mother (who as a single mother) and I lived in the projects and were on welfare for a short time. She didn’t want to be on welfare. It just happened that way. My mother was social worker in the 80’s. My mom was a hard worker who loved helping people. During the Reagan administration a lot of funding was cut for social programs. His attack on social reforms caused many employees who worked in those programs to lose their jobs at the federal, state and local levels. My mom lost her job because of this. We spent almost a year on welfare and food stamps until she was finally able to find a social worker position in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.
Today, Americans once again find themselves in a period where social programs could be cut due to politics. The economy has been bad for years and our nation was beginning to improve. This country was built on the backs of hard working men and women. When times get rough it is the responsibility of our government to help their citizens out. This does not mean American citizens should loaf off the government for every single need but on the other end it doesn’t mean the government should not provide assistance when their people need it the most.
My husband was a nurse for twenty years when he suddenly lost his job. We had just started our small business, a publishing house, in Kentucky. I was in graduate school at the time. When my husband was unable to find work it placed us in terrible situation. No longer able to provide an income, we had to depend upon unemployment. Unemployment does not pay as much as we were use of him making but we were grateful. Our bills were being paid. We ended up moving to Indianapolis to find work a few months later. Now we are on unemployment, Medicare and food stamps. My husband and I have never been this poor before and it has taught us many life lessons.
Have you ever heard of the Native American proverb; never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins? I wish this were a lesson Washington and Americans would heed by. The face of those receiving assistance has changed since the American economy slumped a few years ago. Those people with the nice cars who are on welfare may be middle class workers who have hit on hard times. That is their only mode of transportation. Why sell a car when you still need it to get work? That woman with a Gucci bag or Coach purse using food stamps? Well that may be a former teacher who can’t find employment because the school district needed to make cutbacks. I’m not saying there aren’t people out there who don’t fraud the government. There will always be those kinds of people.
Washington, if you want the economy to grow strong then you need to keep your entitlement programs in place. Your middle class depends upon it. We are trying to better our lives but we need your support.
This country was founded upon the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The more resources that are taken away from American citizens the more her citizens are enslaved. Vital resources such as food, lodging, gas and money are a necessity to the American people and not an option! Don’t let those who fraud the system allow the destruction of a valuable resource for the American people. I am a direct descendent of on of American’s patriots. I am quite certain my patriot did not fight in the American Revolutionary War just so over two hundred years later his descendants could be enslaved by a tyrannical government.
Washington, I beg you. Stop your childish fights and take care of business.
Your people need you. Don’t let this country go into default. Don’t let the people who depend on “entitlement programs” while they are trying to better themselves lose what they need the most in order to survive.
Entitlement programs are NOT an option.