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To the above poster that said "You should have gotten better grades, received a higher education, and taken advantage of the opportunities." Yes, that's the answer to everything! Acadamia! Yet another broken system. Here, let's go to college, get X degrees and dig ourselves a nice hole of debt that will take years to climb out of, while jobs in our chosen field are scarce.
You're another of the "get good grades" dreamers. Having gone through what I have, I'm dead tempted to tell my kids to skip on college and create their own opportunities. A piece of paper is hardly a prerequisite unless you want to slave to a large corporation for a "secure" job that's anything but and could be yanked at anytime. Dare I say that colleagues my same age that skipped on college are better off at the same position in life now, having not accrued the debts associated with higher education. The only difference between us, maybe I get to sit at a desk while they labor outside today. Heck that may not be true, as some splinter off from roofing or landscaping jobs and start their own businesses and are now their own boss, with other grunts to do the heavy lifting. All without "better grades" or staying on topic, "government assistance".
Let's take the "entitlement" process a step further. My wife works alongside several people that receive these benefits; yes, working class people that are still living off the government nipple. They get subsidized housing, utilities, transportation, food stamps, healthcare, etc. The full works. Think about it working America, if you didn't have to pay for your house, medical or trip to the grocery store, how much more money would you have in your pocket? Answer: enough to drive a brand new Lincoln Navigator! (True story.)
Just reading that these units averaged 130k in improvements EACH makes me sick. I have a home on the South Side that was just under 50k and I had to fight to get a loan since I was in my mid-20's with a disconnection charge for my cell phone (from years earlier) "ruining" my credit, so I had to go via the FHA route. What a joke, all for a sub-50k home, and I don't have central air like these "unfortunate" souls.
What it really comes down to is, would you rather sit on your butt or be a burger flipper? Think about it. The minimum wage employee has to pay for their home, their car and fuel (and state mandated insurance) medical insurance, utilities, plus put food in their mouth. At $8 per hour, BEFORE taxes, is it really worth slaving over the fryer when you can do far less and end up with a lot more via entitlements?
Quit crying that we don't want to help the less fortunate. What we're really asking is for them to want to help themselves, but giving them posh environments that have luxuries that hard working people don't even have (see A/C comment) shows just what is broken with this country and our priorities.
May 31, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.
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