Cait, on 15 March 2014 - 08:09 PM, said:
I've got to say, I have a problem with anyone saying "Let them die. Or, who cares. I'm sorry some people feel bad about doing the right thing in life. Too much responsibility is burdensome. There is no denying that. When any of us see someone taking advantage of the system, it can outrage us. But, to say "let 'em die" is a bit much.
And, I also have a problem with people who say "s/he doesn't deserve XYZ". Except for the interviews this guy has done [which certainly do NOT paint him in a good light at all], none of us knows why he has these attitudes, or why he is content to live with nothing. Maybe he is just a freeloader, but maybe there is a broader story. There usually is.
I had a weird experience the other day, nothing to do with government assistance, but it illustrates that we sometimes only see what we want to see. I was on the bus, and I absolutely have to wait for the bus to come top a complete stop before I get up. I have severe balance problems and movement like that could send me to the ground. And, because of my handicap, I get to sit nearest the driver in handicapped seating. People not handicapped have to get up to give people like me a seat.
Anyway, because I have balance problems [due to blindness in one eye] I can sometimes weave even when walking OK from my POV. But, this particular time, I was accused of abusing the system because I was drunk and couldn't stand up straight. That no one should have to give up a seat because I was drunk. They only saw what they believed was someone who didn't deserve to sit in reserved seating.
I say this not to defend this guy, but to remind all of you, that you really don't know the circumstances all the time. You only think you do, and to proclaim anyone as "not deserving" is pure hubris. You do not know for a certainty what anyone deserves.
No one likes to see real abuse or waste, but to destroy assistance programs because there is some abuse and waste is ludicrous. The hatred of the abusers is expanding into a hatred of the poor, and that should be something we all try and avoid. The poor are not our enemies. You will not have more, if the poor have less. This hatred has to stop. No one deserves to die because they are poor, or even because they scam $200 dollars a month from the government. What are you, crazy?
The reason hatred of the Abusers is turning into hatred of the poor, is because agencies like SNAP do NOT go after and terminate the abusers. The keep right on giving to the abusers. Hell sometimes they even DEFEND giving to the abusers. This was the 2nd, perhaps third interview this free loader has given. After the first one, SNAP should've terminated any and all assistance they were giving him. But they didn't. He's still receiving free money at tax payers expense...all so he can lounge around and free load.
He's got to have other money coming in, cause he smokes and drinks, and I don't think SNAP cards cover cigarettes...not sure about alcohol, but fairly sure you can't get cigarettes with those cards. So he's getting money from somewhere else.
And to be perfectly honest. If this guy even did ONE hour of community service, or something...I wouldn't have a problem with him getting SNAP. And no, not saying all have to do community service, but one hour certainly wouldn't kill this a$$. Others who get SNAP are actually working and need the help.
As for my comment of not caring if he died...Yes, I'll concede that was harsh. But hearing him say: "It's awesome. Free food. Not getting a job." just enrages me to that point. I honestly don't care if he lives or dies...But if he does live, he definitely shouldn't be getting SNAP. And that feeling of not caring whether he lives or dies applies to only him, not anyone else.