I have read through many post, journals and questions and there seems to be this idea that the vast majority of people who receive assistance (WIC, food stamps, FI/AFDC) are lazy poor uneducated women with 5+ children who never work and collect EIC checks when tax time comes around.
My question is, where did this image come from? From what statistics are you garnering this information? All I can find is that someone saw someone in the store and assumed they know everything about her life and her financial situation from a brief glance. Or that someone knows of one person (usually their neighbor's son's best friend's cousin's co-worker's niece) who fits this criteria. But, unless you have been a recipient of assistance, what do you really know?
Please answer HONESTLY AND RESPECTFULLY
Answer by annabethsmommy at 4:10 PM on Oct. 22, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 8:47 AM on Oct. 22, 2008
Answer by lilmami81 at 8:55 AM on Oct. 22, 2008
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Answer by Lyndall at 9:14 AM on Oct. 22, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 AM on Oct. 22, 2008
Honestly I know very few people who live "off" the system. Most are just people that can't make ends meet due to cost of living versus their income. Granted I do know a couple people that are content to do nothing and get benefits for it. But these people are rare. Honestly, I am sick of seeing people bashed for being on WIC (which is a nutrition education program not a "free food" program) and food stamps. I would look more to their state's spending and which officials have their pockets stuffed with your tax money. Truth is these programs do help and I think anyone who seeks help is doing right by their families. There are many more out there who don't or can't get the help. But I never judge people who are on assistance of any kind. The people I mentioned misusing the system are people I know and have known for some time. Not a judgment toward them just a statement of fact.
Answer by Maidenwolf at 9:20 AM on Oct. 22, 2008