Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get Cut

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Written by Michael Snyder – and reprinted here by permission.

dollars 19782 640 300x241 Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get CutIn America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more than 100 million people that get money from the federal government every month.  As the middle class disintegrates, poverty is climbing to unprecedented levels.  Even though the stock market has been setting record high after record high, the amount of anger and frustration boiling just under the surface in our nation grows with each passing day.

And now extended unemployment benefits have been cut off for 1.3 million unemployed Americans, and it is being projected that a total of 5 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits by the end of 2014.  In addition, as I have written about previously, 47 million Americans recently had their food stamp benefits reduced.  The conditions for a “perfect storm” are certainly being created.  So how much longer will it be until we see all of this anger and frustration boil over in the streets of our major cities?  Is America about to reach a breaking point?

If you think that the title of this article is “alarmist”, you probably have not been paying attention to what has been happening over the past few weeks.  For example, a 600 person brawl broke out at at movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida just the other day…

Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.

Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.

The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.

And a “flash mob” of “400 crazed teens” was so violent that it forced a mall in Brooklyn to shut down just a few days ago

A wild flash mob stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall, causing so much chaos that the shopping center was forced to close during post-Christmas sales, sources said Friday.

More than 400 crazed teens — who mistakenly thought the rapper Fabolous would perform — erupted into brawls all over Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin on Thursday at 5 p.m., sources said.

The troublemakers looted and ransacked several stores as panicked shoppers ran for the exits and clerks scrambled to pull down metal gates.

In addition, the release of new Air Jordan sneakers caused mini-riots and brawls to break out all over the country just before Christmas.

So why is all of this happening?

Of course people will come up with all sorts of theories to explain these outbreaks of violence, but what pretty much everyone should be able to agree on is that we are seeing levels of anger and frustration rise to very dangerous levels in this country.

Right now, there are approximately 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are not in school and that are not working either.  What that means is that we have an alarmingly high number of very frustrated young people that do not have anything better to do than to cause trouble.

In some of our largest cities this has become a massive problem.  In fact, quite a few major U.S. cities actually have more than 100,000 “idle youth” living in them…

Just look at some of the nation’s largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.

But the Obama administration says that this should not be a problem.  In fact, the Obama administration tells us that the unemployment rate has been steadily “declining” and that there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.

Of course that is a giant lie.  Just before the last recession, about 63 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  During the recession that number fell below 59 percent and it has stayed there ever since

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So the notion that we are experiencing an “employment recovery” is absolutely laughable.

But most of our politicians appear to believe this lie, and it is being used as justification to cut off extended unemployment benefits.

And the funny thing is that by cutting off these benefits, it is going to make it appear as though unemployment has gone down even more.  Millions of unemployed workers that are being forced into the streets will now be counted as having “left the labor force”, and it is being projected that the unemployment rate could decline by as much as half a percentage point as a result.

What a joke.

A lot of the people that are having their benefits cut off are really hurting.  For instance, consider the case of 63-year-old paralegal Laura Walker

“Not all of us have savings and a lot of us have to take care of family because of what happened in the economy,” said Walker, of Santa Clarita, who said she has applied for at least three jobs a week and shares an apartment with her unemployed son, his wife and two children. “It’s going to put my family and me out on the streets.”

So what is she going to do?

Well, at this point she appears to be down to just one option…

“I just don’t know what to do, except pray.”

And of course the unemployed are not the only ones that have had their benefits cut.  As I mentioned above, all 47 million Americans that are currently on food stamps recently had their benefits reduced.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo

Earlier this year government benefits for nutritional assistance were reduced after the expiration of emergency legislation that was enacted following the 2008 financial collapse. Nearly all of the 48 million people receiving food stamp distributions were affected. The move led to warnings from food pantries and recipients around the country who said that the $40 billion in cuts would leave many American families without the ability to put food on dinner tables across America. According to Feed America, the roughly $29 per family that would no longer appear on their EBT cards will amount to about 1.5 billion meals in 2014.

The fact that government dependence has soared to all-time highs even in the midst of this so-called “economic recovery” is just another sign that the middle class is dying.  For years, middle class families have tried strategy after strategy in an attempt to survive, but now it has become apparent that the middle class is rapidly approaching a breaking point

Rising income inequality is starting to hit home for many American households as they run short of places to reach for a few extra bucks.

As the gap between the rich and poor widened over the last three decades, families at the bottom found ways to deal with the squeeze on earnings. Housewives joined the workforce. Husbands took second jobs and labored longer hours. Homeowners tapped into the rising value of their properties to borrow money to spend.

Those strategies finally may have run their course as women’s participation in the labor force has peaked and the bursting of the house-price bubble has left many Americans underwater on their mortgages.

And even though the Obama administration and the mainstream media have tried to convince us over and over that the economy is “getting better”, most Americans are not buying it.  In fact, according to a new CNN poll, 70 percent of all Americans believe that “the economy is generally in poor shape”.

As the economy continues to decline, not all Americans will respond to their desperate situations by getting violent.  Many suffer quietly, hoping that things will eventually turn around for them.  Unfortunately, the ranks of the suffering grow with each passing year.  For example, a recent CNN article discussed the continued growth of “tent cities” all over America…

The total number of homeless people residing in tents and makeshift homes is unknown. Many of these communities are small and hidden from public view, while others claim hundreds of residents and are sprinkled through major urban areas.

Some, like those tucked under roadways, are temporary and relocate frequently. Their conditions are vile, unsanitary and fail to provide refuge from storms and winds. Then there are communities, such as Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon, that have a more sustained presence. The 13-year-old “ecovillage” set up by homeless people is hygienic and self-sufficient.

Preliminary findings by The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty show that tent cities have been documented in almost every state, and they’re growing.

So how do we solve these problems?

Are there any solutions that could get us out of this mess?

Of course there are.  But don’t hold your breath waiting for any of them to be adopted.  In fact, the American people continue to express great support for the very people that got us into this mess in the first place.  For example, according to a Gallup survey that was just released, Barack Obama is the most admired man in America by a very wide margin and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America by a very wide margin.

And the mainstream media will continue to tell all of us that “leaders” like Obama, Clinton, Reid, Boehner, McConnell and Pelosi can be trusted to get us out of this mess.

If you believe that, there is a bridge that I would like to sell you.

The American people need to stop having blind faith in the relentless propaganda that is being spewed at them through their televisions screens.  The pretty faces that you see “reporting the news” do not care about you and they are not watching out for your best interests.  The corporate-controlled news is highly scripted and it is pretty much the same whatever channel you turn to.  If you have any doubt that “the news” is scripted, just check out this video

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog -and was reprinted here with permission of the author.  Michael Snyder  is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog.

Comments

  1. Rob Crawford says:

    You believe the poll results? Given the scripted news, why do you believe the poll results? Polls are nothing but bandwagon propaganda.

  2. I can not agree with this article. I live in Georgia and there are jobs everywhere. I go to Florida to visit my parents and see the same thing. I tree my grandkids to Tennessee and see help wanted signs all over there.

    The problem is not the lack of jobs but the arrogance of those looking for a job. They think that some jobs are beneath them so they choose to sponge off the government. A job is what you make it. If it is an honest one then at least you can go to bed at night with pride and honor. That is what is missing today. When the recession hit some jobs disappeared permanently and those people need to get over it, put on their big boy/ girl pants and move on. Adapt and carry on. That is how we evolve.

    • Nebraska Woman says:

      Well said. And may I add that an unemployed man I know who used to be in management until his company downsized is now delivering pizza in the evenings and cleaning churches in the daytime. He doesn’t think it is below his standards. He is putting food on the table.

      • That is the kind of people I have the utmost respect for. Way to go.

        • “That is the kind of people I have the utmost respect for. Way to go.”

          Indeed. When my father was laid off from the railroad (many years ago) he went to the nearest large city and literally walked the streets, going door to door, until he found a job. Years later I asked him why he didn’t apply for public assistance. He looked at me like I was crazy and said “That would have meant going on ‘The Dole’ ” . You could see that his dignity didn’t allow that. As for the $29 causing people to not eat. B.S. Like the MAN cleaning churches, all you have to do is get off your butt and find work.

          My dad’s gone now but I have lived my life honoring his work ethic. Hell of a man.

    • k. fields says:

      Shades of Green, I agree completely concerning many Americans, but not all.
      Around here at least, if you want someone who will work hard and give you a full day’s labor for reasonable pay, you will usually be hiring an immigrant (in this area from Mexico or Central America). That’s not because employers here are Progressives, it’s just reality. Employers would LOVE to hire whites, no language problems, no worries about forged papers, etc, but the reality is that the whites simply aren’t willing to do manual labor any more. So many here have the attitude that they are too good to dig ditches or wash dishes, I can’t keep count of all the times I’ve heard someone say, “There’s no way I’ll do that job.“
      And this isn’t pie-in-the-sky speculation. One of my part-time jobs for years was doing septic system design and maintenance. The business is comprised of 4 people (2 owners, 2 employees) and we would hire additional labor as necessary to complete large jobs. The laborers are paid the same as me ($20/hour) and expected to work along side us doing exactly the same labor the rest of us do. The whites complain immediately that the work is too hard and the pay is too low and most never bother to show up the second day. Additionally, in the past 10 years, 4 have tried getting workers’ comp. for “back injuries” after working less than 1 day! We keep trying but at some point you just have to accept reality.
      As in the past, it’s going to be the immigrants that will carry this country forward, they are willing to work hard, they have strong family ties so multiple generations will pool their resources to make ends meet, and they will do everything they can to give their children a good education.

      • axelsteve says:

        I would love to do that job for 20 dollars an hour. I do not speak spanish though and refuse to. If I was going to move to Spain or Mexico or etc that speaks spanish I would. I refuse to learn spanish so a illegal will not have to learn english I have news for you. Mexicans are also pretty good at gaming the workmens comp system.

        • You know why some people still have a rotary dial phone? Because they do not want to press 1 for English!

    • Shades,

      There are jobs here in Florida and Georgia. That is not the case nationwide, however. I have students from other states who have tried for two years to land a job, any job–even fast food. They come down here for college and get a job within weeks.

    • The problem is that people are losing good paying, middle class jobs and either accepting low paying work or remaining unemployed. That is how the middle class is being destroyed and it’s not getting better any time soon.

    • SOG,
      You do have to be willing to take the job that is available.

      My 70 year old mom has a degree and a teaching credential. She is quite bright, young at heart, well spoken, courteous and helpful. She also has teaching and administrative experience.

      However, she is working part time shift work as a dispatcher for a security company. That is the job that is available to her and she is glad to have it.

      There is another issue you don’t hear much about. I am just learning myself.

      My husband is uneducated and has always done physical labor type jobs, mostly night crew. He had a back injury 10 years ago at work. He got surgery through his workers comp coverage and went right back to work. Signed off any rights to a settlement because he had been taken care of. He requested and received lifetime medical for that injury.

      A few weeks ago, he injured his back in a different spot. He never complained to his boss, and hoped it would heal with a little time. When his boss noticed he was in pain, he took him off night crew and put him in a check stand. The standing was much more difficult with the injury than night crew and the injury worsened.

      Monday, the workers comp doc decided he can’t work. However, they won’t pay him either. They think the injury is related to the old injury, so they won’t pay and they won’t let him work. If he is lucky, the carrier will approve an epidural and maybe that will give the injury the ability to heal (doc’s advice after taking him out of work).

      They suggested he apply for disability. He never even complained, but now he can’t work? The answer is to sit at home collecting someone else’s money? No wonder this country is in such a mess. Are we going to have to hire an attorney to get the right to work? How is that a solution?

      I have a good job and we will be okay while we sort it out, but what would we do if I didn’t? This is one messed up system.

    • I concur. Why is it Obama’s fault that this group of 16-24 year olds don’t want to work. I am not a fan by any means but lets blame him for what he has done not every problem that is out their in the world. Work ethic is instilled in children by their parents at an early age or it is not. The reason for these flash mobs ect has to due more with a general moral breakdown in our society than with our government. I have worked my whole life because I came from a family that while we were not poor we didn’t have a lot of extra money so if us kids wanted spending money we went out and earned it. I shoveled snow and cut lawns and raked leaves and I did these things before I was 10 years old. As for the benefits being taken away,while some may need this money I am sure some are using it as a crutch to not work or to not take a job they feel is beneath them because what the hell they still have a check of some kind coming in right? If you have been looking for work for over a year and didn’t find something there is a problem somewhere and it could be with the person looking.

      • I believe it is referred to as ‘the age of entitlement’, where people receiving government subsidy believe they are ‘entitled to it’ even though they never paid a dime into the system. Just like spoiled rotten kids that get everything handed to them on a silver platter believe they are ‘entitled’ to everything, rather than earn it.
        I know that both my kids got a little spoiled on their birthdays and for Christmas, that was because we could afford to spoil them a little on those occasions, but for the most part, they needed to earn items they wanted.
        Both my kids are adults now, with my oldest having her own “tweeners” have excellent work ethic and carry on that same mindset with her kids (my youngest does not have kids even on his mind).

  3. I live pretty rural so I don’t see much of this in my daily walk, but I feel that as “we” have nurtured a society that believes they are “entitled” to a certain standard of living, we have created this problem. We have enlarged our “social safety nets” to insure that more people are provided with items that are now considered “basic necessities” (such as cell phones, cable TV, routine medical care, Internet access) that are things that should truly have to be worked for.

    We have gotten away from “helping someone through a tough time” to providing for all of their needs, all the time, creating a segment of our population that is totally dependent upon government assistance, to the point that is now considered a right. It is quite natural for this group of people to continue to ask for more. Then, when they get it, they start to feel that they should have the same standard of living as those who are actually providing their current standard of living. They don’t see how they are actually destroying their own way of life with these demands. So if they are not given what they want, they feel perfectly justified in simply taking it. Whether it is for “fun” (as with the teen flash mobs) or because “there is nothing wrong with it because I needed it”, these groups are a direct result of our feeling sorry for those who say they need assistance and failing to crack down on the abusers. Crime, with no penalty, leads only to more crime.

  4. oldgeezer says:

    We are about to reap the whirlwind. As we say out west, It will be a thinning of the herd. I suspect a significant number of people living on the dole voted for the enablers – in both parties. Liberals/Democrats are the worst but the Rino Republican also will have blood on their hands. Unfortunately, in the name of civil peace and safety, the government will become more authoritarian.

  5. I really can’t agree with a lot of this post. Honestly, if people have been on unemployment long enough for it to run out what exactly have they been doing? Waiting for the same kind of job they had? Wanting a job that lets them keep all the toys, the nice cars, the big worthless houses? Do they honestly think the people who have hung onto jobs and work hard should keep on supporting them? Too many of these people think they deserve a lot more than they do. Nowadays if you want to keep a job you need to train for something that can’t be outsourced and let’s face it, most of those jobs involve physical labor. Way to many people think that is below them. As for these mobs of young people rampaging through malls, etc., weren’t they ever taught right from wrong? What have their parents been doing all these years? Or were they right there alongside their kids trying to get free stuff? Finally, who needs Air Jordans anyway?

  6. I agree with most of the comments and some of the article. We also have plenty of Help Wanted signs around here. I see the economy recovering in many sectors but mostly the service industry which pays a lot less. Unemployment is a double edged sword. It will keep your head above water, but just barely. It also prevents a person from wanting or taking a much lower paying job because then they lose the unemployment and are really and truly screwed. We have been lucky and blessed. (Notice I didn’t write smarter or harder working) than a lot of people and the economy hasn’t hurt us. I do worry though that the middle class is disappearing and all that will be left if the very rich and the very poor. If that happens the rich will live behind gates and travel in armed vehicles while the few lucky poor get to serve them to survive. In this, I don’t see much difference in either political party. They both.serve corporate masters and we all get screwed.

  7. this article brings up something I remember a school Janitor told me when I was in the 8th grade when I said I hated school and wasnt learning anything and I wanted to work ..He said” well if you are going to get a job, you better get a job in a restaurant.. I said why? he said so you wont starve to death. it was interesting because That practical advice always stuck with me.

    Learning a trade, like carpentry, electrical work,plumbing,construction, Mechanical repair work, etc, means you have real world skills and even if you loose your “job” you still have skills and your trade tools to trade or hustle up work on your own… I know a few guys who lost the job they had with a company, only to pick up the same work as an individual…some are actually better off on their own..

  8. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Unemployment “insurance” is not the answer any more then welfare is an answer. They should have never extended unemployment benefits it only encourages people to not look for work and to not accept jobs that are “below” them.

  9. riverrider says:

    well my wife was one of 150 nurses laid off due to obamacare. contrary to popular opinion health care jobs are drying up. toss in 150 new competitors for those jobs, well you get one angry ex-nurse. unemployment won’t pay diddly squat because she was on-call, not considered a permanent employee…..i served 29 years in the military. i humped a pack many hundreds of miles in conditions that would make the average civilian sit down and cry. i served in a combat zone, wondering when the one with my name on it will come calling. i worked so many hours, so many days in a row that our pay that everybody thinks is so great worked out to be pennies an hour. eventually i held a job that would be considered one step under ceo of a large multinational corp, the ones that get multimillion dollar bonuses. i got a half a day off…..then one day i got hurt. see ya, here’s 40 percent of your pay, minus taxes of course. oh and that 7 percent cost of living adjustment is too much so we stopped counting everything that goes up every year, here’s 1 percent. wait that’s too much, we need that so illegals can get child credit money from the irs instead..so my 40 became 33, then 26, next year maybe 19%??? get a job? who will hire a 50 y/o with a busted up body? my home is paid off, i can’t move to fla….anger in the hood? you bet your ass. this is a good post, but a lot of the anger out there is frustration with the loss of our freedom, our country, and our way of life. i think it will come to a head by 2015 or election 2016 latest. of course it may well be sooner, depending on the ignition source. sic semper tyrannis.

    • Nebraska Woman says:

      Thank you for your service, RR.
      My friend is a nurse under similar circumstances She managed to get a job for half the money at a call center. People do not realize how the nursing profession has been cut to the bones.

      • riverrider says:

        nw, no they don’t. the nurses left working are stretched well past the limit of safe care. i hope i never have to go back to the hospital. she’s crushed and i’d go to work in her place if i could. it makes me feel like a chump to not be able to fix it. i’m still looking every day for that one job that will fit my circumstance. hope it comes soon. never thought i’d have to worry about money again.

      • axelsteve says:

        If people worked a horse like they work a nurse, they would get arrested.

  10. mom of three says:

    Wonderful info, I’m in the act of getting a resume ready to find work myself. I have not held down a job in 14 years, due to staying at home with my kids. I am trying to get on with the schools, so I have the same schedule as my kid’s. But I have always worked, and been my children first teachers. My using coupons, cooking from scratch, canning, juicing, & gardening has been a job too. I always thank my husband, for providing for us we own our own company, and that’s a tough job in its self. People can find work its the “choose” that gets in the way.

  11. The EBT card & unemployment cuts were all a design to get more people a taste of them, then take them away so they WILL be upset about it. This is all in the plan to stir up our society into mayhem & chaos. True Evil at the highest ranking positions of govt.

    • KDK,
      to those no longer getting unemployment , they really shouldn’t complain, as their employers are the ones that pay for it..
      However, every single American that pays federal income tax is paying for that EBT card.. seems to me that anyone paying into it is entitled to it..It should make people angry that because they hold down a job, they aren’t qualified to receive something they have paid for their entire working career… something that never made sense to me in the first place.

      • Not completely true Larry. The employer does pay for unemployment insurance to cover employees but the federal extensions come out of the federal general fund not the insurance fund from the states. Our tax’s pay for both the EBIT and THE EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT.

        • Maybe they ( Employer) pays for a certain amount of weeks to keep the State happy, then the feds kick in?.. sounds like something like that.. .. But then it’s also the laid off employees federal income taxes that also paid for the extensions…he needs, along with the EBT card he is/was paying for??.. not only with the money he earned working, but the benefits he is getting laid off.. even unemployment is considered taxable income

          I dont see the outrage that people have about this..except for a few people that abuse it..the outrage should be towards the idiot/genius that thought this system of help up.

    • interesting observation

  12. Backwoods Prepper says:

    I always said I would shovel S%*+ for a living if it meant feeding my family. Then when it came down to it I took a job in a sewer plant. I have always worked and I have also gotten part time jobs when I needed extra. The funny thing is I live in the county that the first foodstamps where givin out. I see so many moochers everyday. The first of the month people are different (SSI) than the third of the month people. They waste there money and you can see their attitude. Their proud of working the system. I seen a lady not long ago that I know hated using her EBT card. I know this because she was wearing. A sweat outfit with a picture of a foodstamp that said those were the days. Oh yeah I’m angry but not because I’m losing benefits. I pray for a economic collapse. Maybe just maybe we will rebuild it better.

  13. I wonder how many of those quoted 100 million people that get federal money each month are retired military, or receiving social security benefits from which they paid into their entire working lives?

    • Mike,
      Im with you on this one..

      Probably most folks are deserving…. I could never understand the mentality of folks who get upset about somebody getting tax money back that they worked all their lives to pay, like food stamps and social security benefits..Im sure there are a few “snoozers” out there.. Folks ( usually conservatives ones ) who get upset at the whole benefit system for a very few abusers working it… isnt that like clamping down on gun laws because of the few bad apples?….it never made sense to me

    • I agree. I also think about the military families who get food stamps. That is crazy that we don’t pay them enough that they have to use food stamps to make ends meet. The working poor really get squeezed in this.economy. We talk about getting a.job, but most of these jobs won’t support a person, much less a family. In essence the.tax payers subsidize the companies ability to pay so little.
      We also get upset about the people taking advantage of food stamps and unemployment, but what makes my blood boil are the billions wasted by the defense.department. Building planes that are worthless, or contracting boats that can’t float.

      • another overlooked need is that of transport. many cannot take available jobs because they are not able to get to the location. and in the freezing weather we have here is too dangerous to go by foot for a long distance. not to mention slipping in ice or not having proper boots to prevent frostbite.
        i know those who have more than one obamaphone ‘because it’s free’. but there are as many who are mindful and don’t abuse benefits, and who are grateful for them even if it is actually a bit of their taxes back after paying into it for decades.
        there are as many sides to this as there are people using benefits, but those i know would really rather have a decent, steady job with a human employer.
        my own daughter is disabled even though she cannot get health insurance, but she does get food stamps. it helps us make up the difference in paying for the meds that keep her alive–thank God!
        i know the abuses are rampant but it also hurts me to have my gal lumped in with the purposely useless.

  14. Gary in Bama says:

    People can say what they want about goverment aid and unemployed youths.These people are being bribed.Look at it from this point of view.PEOPLE DONT STARVE AND FREEZE QUIETLY.This is a historical fact.The programs are in place to mitigate civil unrest.The polititions are willing to give them a stipen so there are no riots and real reforms.How many trillions of dollars in damage would take place if food stamps,welfare,Aid to dependent children,SSI,and unemployment stopped.This is bribery so citys dont burn so that our leaders arent hung,Even though the cost seem high it is less than 1/100 of what would take place if it stoped.Remember our money is just paper like charmin.
    This is not new Rome did it ,Europe nations did it 500 years ago.Even FDR {may he burn in hell} did it .Remember the WPA , TVA and the CCC.FDR started programs for 18 to 35 year old males that required them to leave the citys and work in rural areas,Dont get me wrong the work was needed but the main reason was so able bodied men had work and couldnt gather and protest in mass.
    This may be a twisted view but the shoe fits!!

    • If they made people work for their welfare and food stamps I would have no problem with them receiving them. ( WPA ) Any family working and not making enough to survive I am quite willing to help. People that are truly disabled I am willing to help. People that are 2nd and 3rd generation recipients,people that are drug addicts and drunks can starve for all I care.

      • You bet… Pay For Performance. Three days a week you report for work and do whatever the job is for the day. If it is mowing lawns, shoveling snow, raking leaves, picking up trash, cleaning bathrooms… whatever the job is today, you have a defined level of performance that must be completed and your ‘time card’ signed off by the supervisor acknowledging your performance. No performance, no pay.

      • Poorman,

        I agree completely. Some of these recipients have made welfare a “way of life” instead of a safety net. People who have never worked, have never paid into the system. When you have an entire family who has never worked, they should not be entitled to lifetime benefits that include free cell phones.

        Their choice hurts themselves as much as it hurts us. They would be happier if they tried to support themselves. The satisfaction gained from taking care of their own could transform their lives.

        Working people who need a little help with food or rent or basic necessities, I am happy to help them. They are helped through my tithes, my donations to charities I respect, a few bucked passed to them if I see a need, and my taxes. I don’t begrudge any of it. I am thankful to be able to help people like that.

      • See my post as a nurse janitor, I am 58 year old woman disabled turned away from SSI..earnings 520.00 a month without food stamps

    • That was exactly my point in an earlier post!!! Thank you!!

    • gary in bama a viewpoint new to me. very good thought.

  15. I am a retired nurse working as a janitor at a Golf Country Club to stay off unemployment and food stamps. I get up at 4:30 am clean for 26.00 per day..
    Since 2008 I haven’t earned more than 11,000 so I will never sign up for Obamacare..
    People who get benefits won’t accept work they considered beneath them!

  16. The jobless can shovel snow for cash i did it when i was young
    ,get off ur fat asses! And work,,,,!