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What Did We Do Before Welfare?

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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A letter to the editor in today’s Rapid City Journal:

Life in a pre-SCHIP home taught lessons

Life in a pre-SCHIP home taught lessons We need to look at life before SCHIP. I remember a lady in the 1930’s who lost her husband at a young age, leaving her with eight children, the oldest 12. She lived in a small town in a small house. She had no car and worked in grocery stores, the courthouse and in the local bank (years later) until her death.

The mother was too proud to accept commodities. She couldn’t afford health insurance for herself or children and the family had a radio and telephone and running water (you ran out to get it and ran in with it). They had an outside toilet (a 2-holer). There were no school lunch programs. Breakfast was usually dry cereal and lunch was “leftovers” from the previous evening meal. Remarkably, all eight children attended college, the three boys under the GI bill. The mother was still working beyond age 65, so drew no Social Security. How do I know all this? She was my mother. I learned from her, becoming a single parent with three small children (oldest was five). We had no health insurance for the children. SCHIP is unearned welfare — called socialism.

DEAN VANCE
Spearfish

There is an irreplaceable dignity in doing things for your self, even in poverty. Having grown up poor, I know this.

Social welfare programs like SCHIP rob people of this dignity, and when they are extended to people making more than $80,0000 a year, it moves into the realm of the grossly absurd.

by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

 what is SCHIP?

gdiamante
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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People literally starved to death. It was also legal to sell your kids as unpaid labor so that happened a lot. Same idea then as is now: if those poverty stricken losers weren't bad people, God wouldn't have let them get so poor in the first place. This has to be their own fault. Their plight is actually a character flaw that needs to be shamed and beaten out of them so they don't try to act like their betters and can pull themselves up by the provided bootstraps."

I love America and her empathy
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paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Good question. A google search turned up squat :-/

Quoting turtle68:

 what is SCHIP?


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paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

For what?

Quoting gdiamante:

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?


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1Giovanni
by Becca on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM
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This is one family. My great great grandparents had 13 children my grandfather died left my grandmother with those kids she worked herself to death at 30 leaving 10 children split up and some that no one wanted ended up on the streets trying to survive. Yes some of those kids made it or I wouldn't be here. My grandmother followed my great grandmother to the grave at very young age also.

Just because one family was able to do it doesn't mean it works for all of them. I think it is so sad if my great grandmother just had a little help, she wouldn't have died so young and 3 of my great aunts/uncles may have lived to be adults.

SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I think SCHIP is health insurance for poor kids.  In IL it is called"All Kids"  Covers the kids only and you have to have a certain income level to qualify.

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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That sounds about right. You know her older ones had to of worked somehow and the babies were left to fend for themselves. I heard stories about that all the time from my grandmas era.

Real life isn't as romantic as this article would like to make it be...

Quoting AdrianneHill:

People literally starved to death. It was also legal to sell tour kids as unpaid labor so that happened allot. Same idea then as is now: if those poverty stricken losers weren't bad people, God wouldn't have let them get so poor in the first place. This has to be their own fault. Their plight is actually a character flaw that needs to be shamed and beaten out of them so they don't try to act like their betters and can pull them up by the provided bootstraps."

I love America and her empathy


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1Giovanni
by Becca on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM

I think it is like Oregon's healthy kids program. It is health insurance for kids. There is 3 insurances through this program..1. state paid for poor. 2. working families that can afford some cost. 3. For all families that just needs more affordable insurance for kids.

Quoting paganbaby:

Good question. A google search turned up squat :-/

Quoting turtle68:

 what is SCHIP?



turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM

 

Quoting AdrianneHill:

People literally starved to death. It was also legal to sell tour kids as unpaid labor so that happened allot. Same idea then as is now: if those poverty stricken losers weren't bad people, God wouldn't have let them get so poor in the first place. This has to be their own fault. Their plight is actually a character flaw that needs to be shamed and beaten out of them so they don't try to act like their betters and can pull them up by the provided bootstraps."

I love America and her empathy

 LMAO.

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