When you have 2 and 3 generations of a family on government benefits, people grow up “thinking” that is how they are supposed to live.
I know a certain family first hand, the mom has 5 or 6 kids, she does not work, and the dad makes barely above minimum wage. The family has been drawing food stamps for close to 20 years. One of the kids is in her mid 20s and works. Another girl is around 19 years old. Think about that. The 20 year old was raised on food stamps from birth all the way until she became an adult. And now, the 20 year is pregnant, has no education, and does not work.
The 19 year old claims she is bipolar and is disabled. Guess what, the government signed off on it, and she draws a monthly disability check. What the hell is that? How can someone capable of working able to draw disability?
With the Hurricane Katrina people at the shelter, I saw a lot of young pregnant ladies, whos baby daddy would not work. The mom and baby bring in food stamps and whatever else they can get, and the baby daddy is along for the ride.
I did some volunteer work at a evacuee shelter for some of those Hurricane Katrina people.
One lady walked in, sat down, was handed the application to fill out before she could stay at the shelter. She looked at the application, handed it back to the lady behind the desk (without a single line filled in), and said “I was in public housing in New Orleans, I want to sign up for public housing here and what about my food stamps.” I remember thinking to myself, “what the hell lady, you ever hear of this thing called a job?”.
Another lady showed up at the shelter and made some phone calls to the company worked for. She spent the night in the shelter. The next day the company had her an apartment and a job position in Houston. She was in and out of that shelter in less then 24 hours,,, maybe even less then 12 hours.
Another lady at the shelter was a teacher, she went to the local school and applied for a job.
Another lady went to work at the local corner store.
When the people from the local unemployment office showed up at the shelter to help the people find jobs, a lot of them refused to fill out the paper work; all they wanted was their food stamps and public housing.
There are 2 types of people, those that will help themselves, and those that look for a handout.