“Latinas on the Fault lines of Citizenship” (Welfare)

February 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

  • When reading this article it made me re-analyze everything I ever thought about welfare. I thought it was something easy to get if you needed, especially easy for those with children. When reading and finding out because she made a little more money over Christmas they kicked her off welfare and she didn’t get put back on it until she lost her job. So in a nutshell don’t work too hard for the extra money for your family, instead be happy with the minimum. This all really shocked me. We as Americans like to take and possibly blow things out of proportion. I had always thought that if you were single, had a child, and needed support you apply, and you shall receive. The more children you have, the more support you get. I had always heard that is why some do not even get jobs, because they are making enough off welfare to survive and that is why our government fights for reduction in welfare.In this past year I had met at girl at the same age of me, has two children and her third on the way. She doesn’t have a job, and still buys new clothing for herself all the time, along with buying her friends food with her food stamps that were given to her to feed her children. She always seems to care more about herself and her well being rather than her children’s. Time after time you will see people taking this system for granted, such as not getting married just to keep the welfare. This right here is why we have such a bad idea of welfare. So many people do take advantage of this system, and the people who really need this income for their family do not even qualify for it.
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§ One Response to “Latinas on the Fault lines of Citizenship” (Welfare)

  • I am glad that this essay has opened your eyes. Welfare support is an issue that is used politically, and it is common for women on welfare to be depicted as lazy and undeserving. You mentioned meeting a woman on welfare who you think abuses the system, and then you say that “time after time you see people taking this system for granted.” How does meeting one woman who abuses welfare equal “time after time”? How do you know “so many people take advantage of the system,” when you’ve only met one woman on welfare?

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