In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
I live in a small town, about 55,000, with it's share of illegal immigrants and poverty. The city sends out their news to my email so last summer when they listed the schools that would be serving free lunches for the poor I thought I should take a look. Sure enough the "poor" all had nice cars and one poor Spanish speaking family of four hungry children drove to lunch in a shiny white Escalade. I saw two BMWs, numerous "newer" SUVs, some nice looking and very upgraded hondas (I coudn't even afford the wheels and tires these "poor" people buy for their cars). So what's the deal? I'm sure these people are getting welfare which includes food stamps which is intended to feed these "poor" children. How is it they can be given our tax money to feed their kids and then we taxpayers have to pay again to actually prepare and serve them a meal. What are they doing with the food stamp money? Isn't this fraud to be taking tax payer funded handouts twice for the same thing?
How do you know these individuals are the ones getting welfare and the free lunches? Did you personally poll them while they were dropping off their kids or are you just making assumptions?
Even "assumptions" wouldn't be out of line, here! For pity sake, children are being dropped off in shiny new Escalades, etc.? If they're not the ones getting the free lunches, who are??? My wife works in the bakery of a grocery store near a Native American reservation. The "poor" Injuns constantly drive up in new pick-ups, Caddies, etc., and they always order the biggest, most expensive cakes with the most expensive filling (usually fresh strawberries). What do they pay for all this with? Why, their EBT cards, of course!
Yup! That is what we are left with; assumptions. Why? Because the government is not a good administrator of our tax money. They should be checking up on these people to make sure that they aren't abusing the privilage of a system that was created as a handup and not an endless stream of "free stuff". They should know if these people are citizens and not illegally here. They should know if they are getting food stamps and thus do not deserve to have free lunches for their kids. The government should know this before they give out our hard earned money. We shouldn't have to "assume" we should all know how our tax money is being spent/wasted. THAT is the problem and you should be angry too instead of automatically defending people who abuse the system. Should we even be providing free meals at the school during the summer? You should be as upset as me about your tax money being wasted. But then again I am "assuming" that you pay taxes. And THAT is part of the problem too. Too many people pay no taxes and could care less what the government does as long as the flow of "free stuff" continues. We should all be angry at the waste and fraud in the system.
Poverty can be minimized so that it is generally a temporary condition, and those who truly need assistance will receive it. Primarily family, church, and neighbors used to meet those needs. It doesn't 'take a village' of government-dependent people. It would take a return to God and a return to a Republic as established by our Founders.I believe very few parts of this once-great country have a chance of conquering the evil tyranny which is rapidly closing in on them. Heck, most Americans can tell you who won ‘Dancing with the Stars’, but have no clue that THREE towers fell on 9/11.Montana Guy.
You are SO right, MG! --Fred in AZ
Well said, Patrice. I too have family who've overcome the total devastation of war, the dust bowl, the depression and the racial bigotry faced by families of color. They weren't wealthy, but their houses were clean and well kept, their children were respectful and worked hard, and education was prized. They didn't expect or go looking for handouts. Ever. They had self determination and were self motivated.It's ignorance, the poverty of spirit and the absence of any semblance of a sense of dignity that feed the choking vine of chronic poverty today in America.A. McSp
Patricia,Good article. However, you forgot to mention divorce and the divorce laws- you hinted at them throughout but they should have been point 5. As long as women are allowed to divorce (and they initiate 70% of them) on a whim and are rewarded with cash and prizes for doing so poverty will continue.Also, we both know because Jesus said that we would always have the poor amongst us that we can eliminate it but we can certainly not let it become widespread.
As long as women are allowed to divorce on a whim? Oh yeah, that's what we're waiting for--go to divorce court and cash in on all those 'prizes'!! Yes, I've known women who take their child support and spend it on themselves but I've know far more men who financially and emotionally abandon their children after a divorce.
Excellent article Patrice. I wholeheartedly agree. Blessings, Kat
I am in your camp on the issues listed in your article. But all too often articles of this nature are based on feelings or opinion not fact. If we all accept that there is generational government handouts taking place why can't we ever put real statistics around the statement?I have a sister-in-law working for Walmart earning $12 HR after 10 years with them and raising two children out of wedlock. She does not qualify for any government assistance (fed or state), so who is getting these government handouts?
She should qualify for food stamps, Medicaid, school lunch and a few other things.
To add to the above, all are now rewarded with cash and prizes for not getting married in the first place. Thats why you see the shiny new Escalades, etc getting food stamps and other prizes. Working the system. Baby mama collects the goodies and baby daddy works his "job" to pay for the luxuries.
Except you forgot one thing. Your grandparents and such didn't have as many onerous laws and rules and regulations. If you wanted to build a shack to live in, or modify a chicken coop to use as a house, and it caved in one winter, whoops, but it was your responsibility (not a potentially shady inspector's/builder's). No way could you get away with that anymore, you *must* have a to-code stick built home, no matter what (Joel Salatin had some fun insights on this in his book Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal). Same with starting a business - was a maybe $5-$20 business permit, and that was that. The entrepreneurial spirit is being squashed, bit by bit because it just costs too much in a lot of places. Which is disappointing, since most neat new ideas come from the private sector.
It costs far too much to start a business these days for a reason: liberal-progressives! Controlling us all means they have to squash not only our entrepreneurial spirit, but ALL of our spirit! Making us totally dependent on our government is how they're doing this. --Fred in AZ
It's a simplistic assessment. My young (twenties) neighbour told me even working full-time he can't afford to pay basic housing and food. He'll be paying for his small economy car for five more years, he told me, and it's already falling apart. He and his fiancé have furniture given them by an odd-bodkin in the community who collects streetside rubbish on garbage day and keeps it in his garage for anyone to take. Because this is a poor area the furniture was rubbish when it was new. Old and broken, it's contemptible witness to a system in which Bill Gates is expected to become a trillionaire. This young couple doesn't take welfare. But they don't have one little illusion that it will ever get better.
Seems if we don't have parents, relatives or good friends who leave us their possessions and property when they pass on, we can NEVER get out of the hole! My wife and I have NO credit cards. We pay cash or we do without, yet it wasn't until my mother-in-law passed away that we were able to get our heads above water. This will never change until We The People begin electing ACTUAL, TRUE conservatives, not the liberal liars in both of our major political parties. --Fred in AZ
Almost all of us didn't start out with Bill Gates wealth. Most of us worked at minimum wage jobs and life was tough. The big reason most people try harder, get an education, become better employees so their boss will value them is exactly because it is a struggle to live on the minimum wage. I bet your nieghbors have money for cigarettes and/or a six pack of beer every night and/or tatoos,, etc. The big problem most young people have is they cannot manage their money. I grew up poor and lived poor for the first few years after I married but I stuck with it and worked my way up to better jobs. I didn't smoke or drink or waste my money. Yes it's hard, that's life.
Jesus said in Matthew 26:11 "For you have the poor with you always...." Poor meaning destitute in wealth, spirit, learning, understanding...etc. Who makes us rich in anything is Jesus and because He has been taken out of so much in America poverty will just continue to get worse.