Originally Posted by bethanie
I figured out what it is about this thread I find depressing...all the 'below the poverty line' children I work with who's parents rely on those handouts that are going to get axed. There is absolutely nothing funny or hopeful about hearing the stories some of my kids have to tell about where their parents are living this week. I know...I've read Ishmael and I get it about population control and survival of the fittest. I've just got too many short friends who will be effected to not care.
When I unexpectedly got pregnant 2 years ago, I decided it would be best if I stayed home with our baby. This cut our income by more than half, and after rent & utilities, we only had $200/month for EVERYTHING - food, clothing, medical bills, etc. It was pretty much impossible.
Then I discovered Washington state programs that could help. Due to our low income, we got on WIC (Women, Infants & Children) that gives free food coupons for certain foods, and we got on medical coupons that gave us FREE healthcare. It was a miracle. We would not have survived without it.
Before I got married I came from a family who never had to worry about money. I had thought I would NEVER take help from anyone. Then, when the health & survival of my own family came into question, I was SO glad that the government came through to help.
There are families out there that are so much worse off than we were! I know a family with 3 young children whose income is only $1000/month! They work so hard, and love their kids so much, and RELY on these types of programs for their mere survival.
I see so much waste in this society. Millions of dollars spent to renovate a museum. Billions spent on weapons. Excessive waste spent on PR
functions for government officials...there are SO MANY OTHER THINGS that can be cut! It appalls me that this country is stealing from the one group of people who is barely surviving as it is.
I can do without our highways being renovated. Homeless families CANNOT do without food and shelter.