In recent weeks I have seen a lot of debates on welfare programs. In my opinion I think we waste too much time debating the programs and not enough time debating the people using said programs. I like living in a country that offers programs that helps people in need, but I hate seeing people abuse the hell out of them.
I have known many people (my family included) that have had some kind of assistance from the state. I don’t see anything wrong with someone needing help. When I was a young boy my family saw many hard times. At one point we even lived in a car. Thankfully there were programs out there that, with a lot of hard work and determination, allowed us to get back on our feet.
When I see people out there abusing the system it makes me sick. If you need help, then by all means ask for it. But just because you get help doesn’t mean you need to stop helping yourself. For the last 2 years I have seen a man come to my place of employment just about everyday. From day one it was quite clear that he was homeless. The first few months that I saw him he was pretty beat up looking. Dirty, ripped clothes, messy long hair, scruffy matted beard and shoes that had more holes than leather. He would pay for everything with an EBT (food stamp) card.
Over time I started to notice a big change in his appearance. He was clean shaven and wearing nicer clothes. I also started to see him on the street corner waving a Verizon sign. Here was a guy that society had probably given up on and instead of just living on the assistance of the state he worked hard and has now gotten back on his feet. He still comes in everyday and buys food but instead of of the EBT card he uses cash. A story like this is what makes me proud to be a human being. This is what we all should aspire to be. When we are down and out we should want to fight back and not depend on someone else to take care of us for the rest of our lives.
There will always be people that need help and I hope we as a society will always be there to help them. But the assholes that are getting help by defrauding the government should be taken out back and beaten. There was a time before I moved to Florida that my wife and I were in a bad way and tried selling anything we had of value to make ends meet. When I see people driving Escalades, and pulling their food stamp cards out of their Louis Vuitton purse it tends to bother me. I try so hard not to pass judgement, but it sucks seeing people struggle while assholes like these are getting a free ride. They should all be ashamed of themselves.