FarscapeOne, on 14 March 2014 - 02:25 PM, said:
Let's be clear about something. I never said all food stamp recipients were like this douchebag. I never even said most. I am certain that there are some.
You were pretty clear. You never said all. Your complaint was about the few you see abusing assistance of any kind. No worries on any mis-understanding.
I just despise people like him who abuse systems to get free rides in everything... I am putting humans in general in that category, because I personally see, every day that I work, people who are lazy and don't give a damn and do abuse whatever leeways a particular job may have. And for every hard worker I do see, there are 30 lazy asses.
It's sad that this is what you see. It gives such a skewed idea of what assistance is all about, and how much it helps people in need.
But, think about this for just a moment. Sure no one should be wasting our tax dollars, but our outrage seems to be limited to the individual and not at the bigger abuses of tax dollars. But, leaving that aside, our culture teaches us to scam to get ahead. Our culture teaches us to cheat, find the loophole, lie to make a sale, walk over anything and anyone to make a buck in the market place. Our culture teaches these values. Greed is good, isn't just a movie quote.
So, when that lesson is learned by those that are locked out of the marketplace by poverty and lack of opportunity, where will they turn to demonstrate the qualities of scam, lie, find the loophole? We ask people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and then condemn them when they find a way to do it we don't like. What should a hungry person do? Sit down and die? Or steal some food? Apply for food stamps?
Sure, sure, I know the answers. Everyone should find a damn job and work for their daily bread. But, what if you are a single mother and have 3 children who need childcare while you go out and work two minimum wage jobs? These circumstances just don't follow any set rule of abuse or need. People need help or they will find answers someplace else--crime. This is why it is a state interest to care for those that are in need of food. We need food to live. Stay hungry long enough and your instinct for self-preservation will kick in--the law be damned.
And, I have worked with people that are lazy. I have had to cover their work loads to get my job done. I know what it is like to see that. But, again, our culture teaches us to get as much as you can for as low a cost as possible. We all seem to understand it when it comes to corporations wanting labor and raw material costs to be as low as possible, but suddenly don't understand it when labor decides to do as little as possible for wages. It's the same coin.
When it comes to labor, the only way for work to cost less to the worker, is to produce less per labor hour.
It's symptomatic of the entire system. It's why jobs are eliminated for technology. The two here are inextricably connected and our culture teaches us to "try and get away with skirting the edges and find the easier way." We understand the big corp[oration, but condemn the individual. The individual who has only learned exactly what our culture has taught.
We are simply outnumbered, partly due to so many younger people having a kind of entitlement attitude.
Now, this is the bigger problem. A problem that will eventually bankrupt the country imo. Where once, people would actually be thankful for any job, even a low wage one, the up and coming generations refuse to do those jobs. Before it was only agricultural jobs that "no American would do", but now it is driving a bus, flipping hamburgers, working retail. All jobs that younger people feel should be done by lessers.
Lower education no longer teaches a trade, or prepares young people for the real world. The sense of entitlement is palpable. Now everyone goes to some sort of higher educational facility, and uses our tax dollars to attend, all the while funding the institutions for doing very little in some cases. Colleges, universities, trade schools, design schools, on line colleges, etc have saturated the country so that now young people enter the work force in debt, and needing a higher income job to pay back loans.
Instead of teaching our new work force how to make a living, we are taking advantage of them and driving them into debt. And, this is why public education is necessary. We need to educate our work force. It's a tax dollar well spent. There is a state interest in educating our young, not bleeding them dry in student loans. And I am speaking of ALL student loans, not just to your local college. Trade Schools also will "help you out" with a student loan. Hell, my niece was nearly bilked for 25 grand from a barely certified design school. She would have had the debt, for a barely passable education, and the school had our tax dollars in their pockets for delivering sub-standard courses.
What predatory education is doing to our nation should be a crime, but, it's now an industry paid for by taxpayers [because of student loans], and I listen for outrage about this waste and abuse, but hear nothing. But, someone found a way to get tax dollars to pay for practically anything via student loans, and we're all complaining about food stamps?