Yep, another PA rant. Read it and bash if you must.
I ran some figures based on a family in my neighborhood. Bear in mind this family is not the exception, they are the rule in this area. They are a blended family of 6. Two adults, not married, 4 children (2 are hers, 2 are his). These figures are straight from his and her mouths. I didn't make them up. This is what they receive in PA.
$1084 in FS per mo. (she gets $542 for her and her kids, he gets the same for himself and his kids)
For a year, this is a payout of $13,008.
She gets a "check" in the amount of $500 and some odd dollars a month. I do not know why. She is able-bodied enough to walk 2-3 miles a day up and down the road, watch 4 kids, cook, clean, and maintain the home. She also drives and shops, etc. When I first met her, I asked, "Where do you work?" She said, "I don't have to work. I get a check."
Total yearly payout: at least $6000
Each of the adults have a "free" cell phone. Approx. value for basic service, $25/mo x 2 = $50. For one year, the value would be $600.
Medicaid for all 6 of them. Approx. value of health insurance if thru a job or purchased in the open market. A very low estimate would be $200/mo for any kind of plan for this level of service. Value for one year: $2400.
Clothing vouchers for each child at the beginning of the school yr in the amount of $200 per child. Total amount: $800
Free lunch for each child (all are school age): $1.80 lunch per child per day, .90 breakfast per child per day, 180 days: $1944 per year
Misc. heating assistance (they've received $500 per yr. each of the last 3 years): $1500
Total all these amounts and you see that this family, in which NONE of the members work, receive a payout or equivalent in the amount of $26,252.
I have not included any of the local programs they qualify for, because most of these are run by private organizations/charities. Important to note though that because of these programs, there are also certain things they do not have to pay for....school supplies, additional clothing, more food given out by pantries, water, and home repairs and improvements. Most of these programs follow the "if you qualify for 2 or more of these gov't programs, you automatically qualify" rule.
I repeat, NO ONE in this family works. The adults are able-bodied. Even if they somehow found a dr. who would sign off on either of them being legally disabled, they make extra money in the fall and winter by cutting trees, chopping wood and delivering firewood. Excuse me, but if you are able to cut trees, cut logs, chop into firewood, stack, load, deliver, unload and restack firewood, your ass can work a freaking legal job. Why would I not be bitter that my tax dollars are going to support this family...to the tune of over $26,000 a year, because they are too lazy to get a damn job?
Tell me where I am wrong to feel this way?