There's no shame in receiving assistance if you need it, so whether it was you or your mother and whether you were or were not "responsible for it" doesn't really matter. If it was your mother, you can dang well bet you were at least indirectly responsible for it, in any event.
Your tax dollars pay into the system, to help your fellow citizens through tough times.
When you're having a tough time, it's there for you.
If this thread is going to degenerate into some sort of group diatribe against those who receive assistance or have received it in the past, I'm going to present a severe impediment to that.
I think, at the time I was on it, the criteria was that your income had to be less than twice as much as the poverty level (whatever that was at the time).
I can't remember what that exact number was, in dollars and cents, but nearly anyone who wanted it would've qualified, even working class/ middle class folks.
I think their objective was less to help destitute mothers with zero income, and more to ensure that the children of the working poor got the best start in life by eating a healthy diet.
They also had mandatory classes that recipients had to attend, mostly having to do with nutrition.
They were strong proponents of breastfeeding, and offered a lot of resources, support and encouragement (and extra food vouchers) for moms who were doing that.
Of course, this was nearly 20 years ago. It may have changed.
Last edited by 1069; 03-14-10 at 12:53 AM.
I have no clue why this has anything to do with shame or any other nonsense.
Go back and actually read what has been said.
My God the stupid knee jerk reactions.
Last edited by Black Dog; 03-14-10 at 01:48 AM.
No Lives Matter
i have, but i live in one of dem socialist countries
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
I'm a married male and have never collected from any of the programs you mentioned. I've received indirect assistance from the government however.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.