Welfare Hostage - The Trap of Government Assistance Programs

Anyone who has ever been on government assistance programs (or welfare) can attest that is isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. For most people welfare was never intended to be a permanent solution but only a short term boost until they could get back on their feet again....more

To Grandmothers House I go

Just like Little Red Riding Hood, I am venturing out this morning through a forest to provide for the ones I love. I happen to be on my way to Social Services to wade through the rest of the folks just like me, some not as much I think, with their pretty manicures and perfectly coiffed hair. I feel somehow so different than them though. I feel like I am the oly person ashamed by the experience, humiliated instead of humbled to ask for the help....more

It's Not Your Business What Other People Spend Their Tax Returns On

I'm constantly telling my twins, "look, when you give something away, it's no longer yours. It belongs to the person you gave it to, and you should be happy you were able to make them so happy." Sharing is a big deal in this house, and it's hard. I get it. You don't want to give away what you think is yours. And when I make them share, it's as if this big unfair, stupid hand is forcing them to do what they least want to do. Then they're supposed to be happy about it....more
I have to say that I hear this same stuff year after year. I've been told many times that I ...more

I Confess: I'm Prejudiced (And Ashamed of It)

I was at the grocery store one day and got in line behind a woman I recognized as the mom of a girl in my son’s kindergarten class. She had a pile of produce in front of her, and the cashier was holding a few Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) checks, which I realized are food stamps. The cashier told me to go to another check stand, because “this is gonna take awhile.”...more
@in_mandyland I agree.  Thank you for the documentary recommendation.  I'll look for it.more

blessings of welfare

i have thought a long time about writing this post, {a whole year in fact} but always pushed it off for fear of controversy, hateful comments, and/or judgment. then yesterday morning i couldn't go back to sleep cause i kept hearing people's comments over and over in my head and i felt like it was finally time to say something. i don't write this out of pity. or even for political reasons....more


 A gallon of gas is $4.19That means twenty dollars doesn't even buy five.My car takes 14 to fill.I don't fill it. I only put $20 a time in. The gas tank has a leak so filling results in dangerous and messy outcomes.My commute to work is about 16+ miles each way. That's 32 miles, 5 times a week, 160 miles per work week, weekends not included. My car gets about 10 miles per gallon because it's old and needs work....more
good read michelle....I believe occupying wall st. and other such places is a joke.....a ...more

Am I Supposed to Look Poor? Income Levels Should Have a Uniform...

I saw a status on Facebook the other day that said something to the effect, "If you're on welfare, how can you afford a smartphone?". Which made me think of a whole image problem I've had for a while. The question is... if you're, shall we say... uh underprivileged, or uh living below the poverty line, or dare I say it "poor"... oh hell, if you're broke-ass broke... are you obliged to look the part? To read the rest of the post, go to link below: http://madgemadigan.blogspot.com/2012/05/am-i-supposed-to-look-poor.html     ...more
No, you've got it right! It is called self-respect, with responsible use of the resources you ...more

How things have changed and how they have stayed the same

Some of the cultural issues that exist in our society are the issues of social welfare. Many people believe that people today shouldn't still be living off of welfare but the sad truth of that is that many are. The Social Welfare system that is in effect was created from the Elizabethan Poor Law that was enacted in 1601 and has become the backbone for the system that the United States has used for over 350 years, if not more.I think it's way past time that we gave this system a major overhaul!...more

"Are There No Prisons? Are There No Work Houses?"

I live in Florida. Coming from New England, there has been a lot of adjustment, politically, religiously and otherwise for me, as I've learned to keep my mouth shut. I've never felt at such odds with my new state, however, than now....more