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This America of mine is one of the best places to live. I can not keep from thinking about the single woman in FL that was getting around $7000.00 dollars a month for having 5 kids. I never made that
much and working 2 or 3 jobs every day, for 40 years. Maybe I need to move to FL and start having some kids. Would love to have 7000 dollars a month.
Only one other thing that gets me really upset is that the US congress can work one four (4) year term and draw their pay for the rest of their life. .
Another problem I have noticed is that, generation after generation, many of the poor children are raised into the government handout mentality. They (or their parents) do not worry about education because they know that they will be able to go onto the government dole. If you know that you do not have to work in order to eat, you have very little incentive to "work in order to eat". I noticed that people blamed the Republican Party for not "providing" for these people. The problem is that too many people now "expect" to be provided for by the government. We, as a people, are no longer self sufficient. We are dependent on the government and the government is out of money.
It is a combination of education and dependency that are the issues in the South. They can only be solved by good teachers that are allowed to develop curriculum for their students. Teachers also need to be held accountable for their own ability to communicate effectively with students. They need to be advocates for their students, not the government or the union.
Those living on the government need to be trained to get a job (or forced to get a job). Many times, at the grocery store, those with EBT cards are buying better food than I am (paying cash). I do not mind helping those that are in an emergency situation, but I think that when I see a mother, daughter, and grand daughter at the store, each with an EBT card, there is a problem and someone needs to go to work!
The Reservations are another story. I have friends in Montana and Arizona and they have told me how pathetic the conditions are on the Reservations. I know that the government provides medical clinics (at least on some of the reservations) and these clinics are underfunded. Having been through some of these areas myself, I saw a great deal of poverty. I do not know about these areas enough, though, to provide insight on how to solve the problems in those areas. As far as the medical clinics, I think having Medical students and student nurses have clinical rotations in these clinics may help.
If instead of wastinf Billions in the war in the middle East we put those dollars to work for our "poor" maybe we can improve their quality of life don't you think?
Poor in money is one thing; poor is literacy is another. Absolutely no one has to be poor in spelling. I wonder how most people responding to this list even know how to use the computer. Even the most basic skill - spellcheck - is available on practically all computers and devices. “There” (a place) “their” (belonging to them) and they’re” (they are) are totally different. Take a minute off from texting and check a dictionary before responding. Perhaps others may take your next response more seriously if it sounds like you know what you are talking about.
I just want to say - yours is the most thought-out, intelligent comment I have ever seen on these posts!
I just want to add to that by saying: I live in probably one of the most Republican (red) states there are and we have our share of people who think it's easier to 'just get it' than to 'work for it'. We just passed laws making welfare recipients pass drug tests first. On the other hand, we passed laws against panhandling, and a civil rights lawyer sued the state on behalf of the panhandlers. The lawyer won, and panhandling is now legal again, and everywhere. I saw a guy holding a sign just the other day that said he 'accepts credit cards'! I saw a woman just this morning standing in line for free medical care, or a room for the day, not sure which, but she was texting on a cell phone. When we let people learn it's easier to have other people take care of them - well, that's where we get into trouble. I agree with 'forcing' people to get jobs. People rely upon the generosity of others, and you can make more money panhandling than you ever could with a job. That part is disgusting.
I work in a law firm and we have a client who lives on an Indian Reservation. The government gives him $7000 a month. He lives in a 5th wheel, but drives a nice big truck. He's in a lot of trouble, but can't afford his legal fees. He cries 'poverty' and that he 'can't hardly afford to live'. They also get free medical care on the reservations. I have a great job, but I still can't afford health insurance premiums, and the firm is still to small to provide it.
I saw a documentary on t.v. a few weeks ago. They went down south, to the poverty stricken areas. They asked 'poor' people about President Obama. They cussed him, swore about him, just hated him. Most of these people were on government assistance. When asked about their welfare and food stamps, these people actually DENIED getting help from the government. They actually BELIEVE they were only getting things they had WORKED for! OMG - now THAT is a problem!! But it's like lennonsqms says. It's because the parents pass down to the kids that you don't have to work - there's always someone there to take care of you.
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