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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    With your experience, do you see a difference between temporary and permanent help? There's a huge difference between living on welfare for life and getting temporary unemployment until you get a new job, or whatever, don't you think?
    Yes I can see the difference. The 1996 welfare reform act was a step in the right direction. Welfare should be temporary not a permenent lifestyle. I think welfare should be limited to those who are trying to better themselfs. Either by attending school, working, or joining the military. Jobs that Americans supposedly won't do should be filled with welfare recipiants. If they refuse to do those jobs cut them off from government assistance. Starvation is a strong motivator.
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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    I have two kids and have never received any form of the assistance that TGND listed. I would probably not be bothered by receiving unemployment if something happened outside of my control, or food stamps, but I don't think I could ever accept WIC.

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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I have two kids and have never received any form of the assistance that TGND listed. I would probably not be bothered by receiving unemployment if something happened outside of my control, or food stamps, but I don't think I could ever accept WIC.
    What's the difference between food stamps and WIC, in your opinion (you can only get WIC until your kids are five, so you wouldn't qualify anyway)?
    With food stamps, you can get whatever kind of crap you want- potato chips, junk food.
    With WIC, you can only get specific, healthy items: milk, cheese, whole grain cereal, dry beans, eggs, and juice.
    I think since I was on it, they've cut out the juice and added whole fruit, instead. They've also added peanut butter as an alternative to dry beans.
    They've also expanded the "whole grain cereal" option, so that you can get healthy, whole-grain dry cereal; when I was on it, you could only get hot cereal: oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, or grits.
    With WIC, you have to get the cheapest, most generic, WIC-approved brand.
    With food stamps, you can get any brand, including the most expensive ones.

    I thoroughly approve of the WIC program; I wish they'd just extend it to all mothers of infants and small children, to ensure that some healthy food gets into their houses, whether or not they want to buy it.

    I think the food stamp program, on the other hand, could use some revision.
    I'm not sure I approve of people using tax dollars to buy expensive junk food.
    I'd prefer they were provided with cheap healthy food, and taught about nutrition.
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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I have two kids and have never received any form of the assistance that TGND listed. I would probably not be bothered by receiving unemployment if something happened outside of my control, or food stamps, but I don't think I could ever accept WIC.
    Outside your control? But you control your own destiny! This is America, anyone who isn't employed and rich is a lazy loser. Haven't you heard?

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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    What's the difference between food stamps and WIC, in your opinion (you can only get WIC until your kids are five, so you wouldn't qualify anyway)?
    With food stamps, you can get whatever kind of crap you want- potato chips, junk food.
    With WIC, you can only get specific, healthy items: milk, cheese, whole grain cereal, dry beans, eggs, and juice.
    I think since I was on it, they've cut out the juice and added whole fruit, instead. They've also added peanut butter as an alternative to dry beans.
    They've also expanded the "whole grain cereal" option, so that you can get healthy, whole-grain dry cereal; when I was on it, you could only get hot cereal: oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, or grits.
    With WIC, you have to get the cheapest, most generic, WIC-approved brand.
    With food stamps, you can get any brand, including the most expensive ones.

    I thoroughly approve of the WIC program; I wish they'd just extend it to all mothers of infants and small children, to ensure that some healthy food gets into their houses, whether or not they want to buy it.

    I think the food stamp program, on the other hand, could use some revision.
    I'm not sure I approve of people using tax dollars to buy expensive junk food.
    I'd prefer they were provided with cheap healthy food, and taught about nutrition.
    For one thing, I don't have small children. I have a teenager and an adolescent. For another thing, food stamps tend to be a more temporary measure and easier to obtain.

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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Outside your control? But you control your own destiny! This is America, anyone who isn't employed and rich is a lazy loser. Haven't you heard?
    I've been employed without a single gap in my employment history for 26 years. But, you never know, in this economy. I work as a contractor, and those are always iffy in a downturn.

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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I have two kids and have never received any form of the assistance that TGND listed. I would probably not be bothered by receiving unemployment if something happened outside of my control, or food stamps, but I don't think I could ever accept WIC.
    I've never drawn unemployment either, but really wouldn't have any problem doing it if I was in the position I had to. With my job hanging by a thread and actively looking now before that thread snaps, I am a little worried about what the future holds. If the school district decides my position is "no longer necessary" due to their deep cuts, and I am having trouble finding gainful employment, I have no issue drawing unemployment until I can.

    I do have a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed - be damned silly pride when I have responsibilities.
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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I've been employed without a single gap in my employment history for 26 years. But, you never know, in this economy. I work as a contractor, and those are always iffy in a downturn.
    That's very true. This economy sucks right now and the job market is flooded.
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    Re: Have you ever received government assistance.

    Married male, nope, never have nor have I needed to.
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