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  •  people can't be poor because they have (13+ / 0-)

    refrigerators! And food! And a telephone! Those greedy buggers.

    Those on the right who denigrate our poorer citizens need to indeed understand what they are going through. They're not all "welfare queens driving pink Cadillacs". In fact, pretty much 0% of them are (thank you Ronnie Reagan). And while it's true there are people gaming the system, that percentage is pretty low too.

    Policies of the right have ensured that we have more people in need today than ever before. And the their answer is to cut off any form of aid. "Let them fend for themselves! show a little fortitude!"

    Funny how that argument is never used for the rich. Our current system takes aid away from those who need it in order to give it to those who have more than they'll ever be able to spend.

    Sigh.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Thu May 17, 2012 at 05:14:15 AM PDT

    •  I know a very few who are proud of themselves (3+ / 0-)
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      for having kids so they could leave HS and be on welfare but they're all very young and reality hasn't sunk in yet.  In a few years they'll realize they should have listened to their mothers and grandmothers, who did the same thing, and stayed in school.

      Lately I've been hearing much more like, "I've been donating to the pantry for years.  I can't believe I need to come here now."

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Thu May 17, 2012 at 07:48:06 AM PDT

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