But, the more I see of the attitude projected today, the more I believe that humans have completely eradicated this pride of earning one's own way from their being.
I quote below a very public posting that went out on my community email list. Let me preface it by saying that I perfectly understand economics and the fact that certain subsidies phase out when particular income levels are reached, which is why one can actually have a higher standard of living on welfare than working at a low-paying job, particularly when one also has to shell out most of the hard-earned dollars on childcare. Nevertheless, the welfare view and complacency about living off handouts is not one that builds a financially secure future. And while poverty is nothing one need to be ashamed of, I am surprised that a person would announce to the world that he is a recipient of foodstamps and would prefer to remain so even when given a chance at a higher income. If he were taking the long-term view, he should realize that it is necessary to take the intermediate step of a small raise that cuts into his benefits so that he can earn a high enough salary not to suffer at the loss of foodstamps down the road. The fact is that one's salary history is a major consideration in the salary offered by new employers if he ever leaves his present position to improve his financial situation.
Here's the post with the name and email eliminated:
My family and I are currently eligible for food stamps. I earned a
raise at work and need to determine whether I will lose food stamps. If
I lose food stamps, it is not worthwhile to accept the raise at this
Does anyone out there have access to the following information? What is
the maximum income that a family of 7 (2 adults + 5 children)may earn
while maintaining food stamps eligibility in New York?
Note: The Food Stamps office are no help as they do not answer
hypothetical questions. They only will run numbers through their
computer program and if I am over the limit, I will be in a problematic
situation. As well, if I turn down my raise unnecessarily, it will be a
substantial loss for us.