Cheri - posted on 01/30/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
Is it just me, or do you find it EXTREMELY frustrating when someone you know is living off the system while continuing to have baby after baby after baby.
I know this person who started out having babies on the Welfare System. She has since had 4 more children while using it, makes NO effort to work, and says she's going to "school" but all her loans go toward trips and other things for the kids and none of the money she gets is ever reported to Department of Health and Human Services. I have explained what she's doing is WRONG and would report her myself, except she's out of state and I have no "physical" proof (which they will ask for something, like a bank statement, etc). I doubt she's lying to me, though, because she does NOT work and I don't see any other way she could possibly support 5 children by herself. She is stealing from us hard-working moms and dads (who pay her way through taxes), stealing from the community of people who really are in need and can't work for whatever reason, and she doesn't care.
Here is a breakdown of her "benefits":
Free housing (and it's a NICE home!)
Some car repairs
Free Medical Insurance for herself and kids
Free Prescriptions for herself and kids
Discounted dental services for herself (Free when she's pregnant)
Free dental for the kids
Free school lunches/breakfasts for the kids
Free Preschool (Head Start)
Free toys for kids @ Christmas
Free supplies for kids @ school year start
I can't see any reason she'd ever WANT to work seeing as she's been getting these services for almost 8 years!
Knowing that she, and other people, are doing this, how do you feel knowing we have to leave our kids or work around our kids'schedules when they are getting everything handed to them on a silver platter, as well as the benefit of staying home and being with their children?
I know, for me, I am frustrated. I feel like I work my rear end off and we barely make ends meet at all, yet even if I applied, I would be just barely over any income guidlines and not qualify! I just don't know how that is right.
I feel like the welfare system is letting those who truly need it down by not enforcing some stricter rules. I have written to our state congress to see if they can implement a program where all individuals who qualify for welfare do community service as well as all qualified applicants should be able to pass drug tests as long as they need the program. I think these things would eliminate the # of people that would try to pull the wool over the eyes of the states.
What does our working community think?