Like any government agency, you’re going to get the run around. The reality a lot of times is that desperately needy people walk into these agencies and get the bare minimum. Not everyone on welfare is jobless or has ten kids and two thousand dollars worth of food stamps coming in every month.
The reality is, you’re going to be paying taxes regardless so your tax dollars may as well help someone struggling to make it on their own. Not everyone sets out to manipulate the system, however, sometimes that’s the only way you can get what you need. It’s the system that’s flawed not the person. However, we’d rather blame what we can’t change—the people—instead of blaming what we can—the system.People become the scapegoat when it’s the system that is faulty. Not because it gives a hand out, but because the handout isn’t designed for the recipient to do better. For example, you can’t be a full-time student and receive food stamps. But you could be doing nothing and receive them. You can’t be a student with a child and receive TANF, you have to work or be looking for a job. (Don’t believe me, look it up)
A handout is when someone gives you something without expecting anything in return. However, in most cases you either have to struggle without the offered “help” or struggle to maintain a balance between parenting, school, and government requirements.
We tend to look at the next man and say, “Well, if I can do it, they can do it.” There’s this idea that some people living on welfare are living better than people with jobs. That’s all perception based. I’d go even further to say the issue might be yours. If you’re gainfully employed and still having a difficult time making ends meet, you might need to decrease your spending. Having a house full of items that can easily be repossessed at any time isn’t living better than you. Not having the education or fortitude to support one’s self is not living better than you. The reality is, the majority of people who apply for government aid need it. We have a responsibility to care for the “least of these.”
To the naysayers, you never know when it could be you. Between the recession, natural disasters and plain old bad luck, you might want to take better care of the high-horse you’re riding on.
If you don’t like the system, change it, but don’t blame the people on it. They are merely pawns doing what they can to survive.
Matt: 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’