When America is strong the world is calm, When America is weak tyrants and terrorist slaughter the meek. ~ SgtRock
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.
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.
Last edited by 1069; 03-14-10 at 01:47 PM.
I do have a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed - be damned silly pride when I have responsibilities.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.
Married male, nope, never have nor have I needed to.