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Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« on: February 16, 2012, 01:03:34 PM »
Here's an article from a Texas newspaper. It was a letter to the editor. What do you think? This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it.  It's her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she’s being forced to live in!  These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.

This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX Nov 18, 2010

Put me in charge . . .

Put me in charge of food stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I'd do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?

You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..

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Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 01:16:24 PM »
Apparently she's blessed wiht with zero regard for personal liberty, and a hearty heaping of disdain for the poor she would like to marginalize and humiliate.

She's sounds like a real peach.

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012, 05:13:21 PM »
I agree with the letter pretty much totally. Especially the last paragraph.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2012, 08:14:10 PM by Jaime »

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 01:09:51 PM »
I don't know what other people are hearing, but the outcry I hear of most people who have it rough isn't that they want hand-outs. They want jobs.

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 08:15:25 PM »
I am totally sympathetic to a humble spirit that is down on his or her luck. I have been there, not that long ago. As long as someone is willing to lower himself to do any and all things to put food on his family's table, I am with him. I have no patience for the entitlement mentality propigated by the Maxine Waters of the world.

By the way, if anyone needs a job............................. hitchike, beg a ride, borrow a ride, whatever, get to the West Texas oil patch. You don't even have to be a roughneck. Restaurants are begging for help. It's crazy.

If after 99 weeks of unemployment checks, I haven't found anything after night and day searching, I'm leaving the cave and I'm gonna kill something and drag it home to eat. There is always something that can be done even if it is 3 separate pizza delivery jobs.

Cally, you are one of the ones that I have read that we can't afford doing what we have been doing as a country. We can't. The safety net has become way too crowded, it needs to be populated with people hell bent on getting away from the safety net. A small percentage can't. I fully understand that.


« Last Edit: February 20, 2012, 08:54:50 PM by Jaime »

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 08:23:23 PM »
Here's a quote I found that sums up what she said:

"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living
are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living." -- Anonymous

Apparently she's blessed wiht with zero regard for personal liberty, and a hearty heaping of disdain for the poor she would like to marginalize and humiliate.

She's sounds like a real peach.

As though she responded to you already, in the OP she said, "Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem."

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 09:42:29 PM »
While I do agree with some of the things the writer said, I think she took it a little far.  That's something both sides have been equally guilty of lately.  One side wants to do away with personal responsibility all together and replace it with government handouts and pretty little stickers that say that we're all pretty and that we're all special.  The other side wants to do away with the government's responsibility to help the unfortunate and replace that with a system where one misstep could mean starvation and death.

Yes, we do need to do something to reform entitlements.  The first step should be to stop calling them entitlements.  That implies that we deserve something for nothing, and that is not the case at all.  Then we need to scale those social programs back to a sustainable level.

I completely agree that we need to have a government workforce system in this country.  Build new rail lines, bridges, and power plants; clean the roads and walking trails; do something for the country that is feeding you if you choose to live off the government.  That's pretty much how our interstates and rail lines were first built.  Out of work people signed up to work for those jobs because nothing else was available in their towns.

Tying food stamps and medical care to nicotine testing and sterialization?  Umm, that may be a little far.  Like pretty close to "hitler far."  (the tubial ligations, not the smoking part, but as a smoker I frown on people who think I shouldn't be able to kill myself slowly if I want)  Neither food stamps or medicaid pay for those things that were listed.  And tattoos and piercings?  What tattoo parlor do you know that accepts medicaid?  Not the one I worked at for sure.  Poor people don't get tattoos.  Tattoos are one of the only things that still require cash in hand these days.  Forget Wall Street, invest in tattoos...  No credit crunch or bank failure is gonna take them by surprise!

We all just need to take a step back and remember that the people on the other side of the isle from us are people too.  Jesus didn't just die for republicans.  He didn't even just die for Christians.  He died for all of us, and we should treat each other as people worthy of His sacrifice.

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 10:02:17 PM »
No one has implied that Jesus died for just Republicans or the non-poor. I want to help the truly needy and help incentivize the less than needy to leave the cave and kill something on their own to eat so to speak. As I said before the safety net is getting too big, and way too crowded. Way bigger than anyone even a couple of generations ago even remotely imagined. It IS out of control.

The point of the letter wasn't that medicaid pays for tatoos, but that medicaid recipients that do those things with what cash they have shouldn't.

The humiliation of government dependence needs to be mercifully broken for all but the most needy. It is a real generation tragedy in some communities.

I believe if push came to shove, the safety net would have way fewer in it's snare if tougher measures were implemented. If we aren't propigating an entitlement society, I'm a monkey's uncle.

By the way, my entire family tree was Democrat until about 30 years ago, when the freaking party left them. Their conservativeness didn't increase or decrease, but their party's darn sure did.

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 11:05:46 PM »
I don't disagree with a single thing you've said.  I just think the letter took it a little far.

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 08:50:05 AM »
I might also take issue with the tubal ligations.  ::smile::

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 09:14:41 AM »
I might also take issue with the tubal ligations. 
I don't.

And if it is a guy, <snip> <snip>

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2012, 09:23:23 AM »
By all means - if we're going to humiliate and punish people who dare to fall below the line - let's make them all wear orange jumpsuits - so they won't spend any money on clothes - and then we can castrate and sterilize everyone who receives ANY government assistance, like, oh...

earn income credits
child tax credits
government subsidies for ethanol and flex fuel vehicles
agricultural subsidies for milk, wheat, production and importation of sugar
any business that's ever gotten a tax break to build, relocate, expand, or retool...

To name a few that ought to hit just about everybody...

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Re: Letter to Editor on Welfare Receivers Requirements
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2012, 09:25:42 AM »
Well, that might help with overpopulation.....