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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    I'm actually surprised most people responding to the poll have never needed government help. I thought it would have been closer to 80% yes, 20% no. Especally considering the more accepted forms like pell grants, first time homeowner downpayment and unemployment compensation. I know a millionaire who gets section 8 money as a landlord. Business owners get FEMA help sometimes if a storm damages their business property beyond what insurance covers. Some farmers get subsidies. Oil companies get subsidies. There are a lot of government hand outs that don't carry the stigma of a free loader like food stamps and Medicare.
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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Yes. I got a Pell grant when I was in college, as well as federal student loans (which you may or may not consider government aid). My wife also got a week's worth of unemployment when she got laid off in 2010. I don't think my parents got any government aid for me when I was a kid, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Food stamps (when our first kid was born and we could not afford the special formula due to his allergies)
    Pell Grant
    Student Loans
    Reduced lunch for the kids
    various tax subsidies
    probably other stuff
    first time home buyer help

    It allowed me to get on my feet and be more successful at life. I doubt I would be where I am at without it, most people are the same.

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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    It's hard NOT to receive government assistance in a socialised state.

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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    My wife and I qualified for WIC with our first child...................both fresh out of college and no real income. We needed the extra help and took it. I do not feel guilty as I have paid for it a thousand times over in taxes since then.
    Exactly! This is what social help should be. You took that help and used it to work on putting yourself in a situation where you don't need that help any more.

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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    -Welfare
    -AFDC
    -Medicaid
    -Food stamps/EBT cards
    -Government cheese/government peanut butter
    -Free or reduced school lunches
    -WIC
    -Pell grant
    -Cash for clunkers
    -Electric vehicle tax credit
    -Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency for solar, wind or geothermal upgrades
    -Unemployment compensation
    -Free or discounted digital TV converter box
    -Free Government Cell Phone
    -Section 8 housing tenant or landlord
    -HUD project resident
    -First time home buyer down payment assistance
    -Any other government hand out for which you or your parents when you were a minor had to request or otherwise apply
    I have bolded those which I know I or my family have qualified for at various points, and have underlined the ones that we took.

    Academic and athletic scholarships and GI Bill excluded as those are earned. Social Security and Medicare excluded as well as we are all required to pay into it.
    If I stay in the military, I will probably pass on my G.I. Bill to my kids, if I get out, I will probably not fully use it. Both Social Security and Medicare are unlikely to be there for me in my older years.

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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I'm actually surprised most people responding to the poll have never needed government help. I thought it would have been closer to 80% yes, 20% no. Especally considering the more accepted forms like pell grants, first time homeowner downpayment and unemployment compensation. I know a millionaire who gets section 8 money as a landlord. Business owners get FEMA help sometimes if a storm damages their business property beyond what insurance covers. Some farmers get subsidies. Oil companies get subsidies. There are a lot of government hand outs that don't carry the stigma of a free loader like food stamps and Medicare.
    To many, perhaps. For the rest of us? God Bless America .

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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Everyone pays into government assistance as everyone pays taxes. Income or otherwise.
    Apparently you only saw part of the conversation. Receiving medicare is not receiving assistance any more than having health insurance if you paid for it.
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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    The government gave me a four year scholarship in exchange for 8 years of Army service, with 4 years minimum active duty. I don't know how else I would have gone to college without that assistance, maybe I could have gone somewhere else but back in 2006 when I entered college both Iraq and Afghanistan were experiencing some of the worst violence of the War on Terrorism. All I had to do to attend a pretty prestigious private 4 year university was give them my basic information, name, birthdate, social security number, etc, pass a physical, and of course sign on for 8 years.

    I don't know if you'd call that government assistance since they certainly got something out of the deal, unlike other kinds of assistance where the government doesn't directly benefit.
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    That's a reward for service, part of your pay, not a hand-out.
    Thats true but I do think I got the better end of the deal. You know the Army is the gift that just keeps on giving.

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    Re: Have you every received some form government assistance?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Food stamps (when our first kid was born and we could not afford the special formula due to his allergies)
    Pell Grant
    Student Loans
    Reduced lunch for the kids
    various tax subsidies
    probably other stuff
    first time home buyer help

    It allowed me to get on my feet and be more successful at life. I doubt I would be where I am at without it, most people are the same.
    Really? Most people? I've never heard that before.
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