I have an issue with people taking government handouts who don't really see them. I would definitely take a handout to keep a roof over my head or to feed my kids, if absolutely necessary. By absolutely necessary, I mean that I had no other options. I would take a job at a fast food place or stocking for retail or driving truck before I would apply for assistance. I would take a second job on nights or weekends. I am capable of working and I'm good at it.
For housing, I don't know what would have to happen for me to be on assistance for housing. I could always cash in my retirement plan to buy an older trailer house or small house. If I was 20, single, and pregnant with my third kid, I can see how I wouldn't have these options.
For food, I would do what I had to do to stay away from food stamps or WIC. Both are good programs and have their own purpose. For food stamps, I feel its designed for those who aren't capable of working like those with either disabilities or the elderly. For WIC, I think its designed for those whose children would lack proper nutrition without it. For the girl who gets pregnant in high school and doesn't have family support, this is a good program. I also firmly believe that the WIC program steers those at a lower income level away from breastfeeding because the formula is free. (Statistics back this up.)
In their own way, these are great programs for those who truly need them. It's the people who work the system for their own benefit that irk me. Are they really working as hard as they can and using these programs as a last resort? Or is it just easier to get the benefits and call it good?
Does this annoy anybody else?
ETA: This post was inspired by a blogger who had a plan to retire very early, have a million dollars and take $40,000 as annual income to qualify for the tax subsidies of Obamacare. If you have a million bucks, should you really be taking a tax subsidy that the rest of us are paying for?