(Closed) Have you ever accepted government assistance….

posted 10 years ago in Legal
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    Have you/Are you receiving assistance?

    Do you know someone who is receiving assistance?

    Would you seek help if you needed it in the future?

    Would you never ask for government assistance no matter what?

  • Post # 32
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I used subsidized daycare when I was going to college plus working partime.  I only had to pay $15 a day opposed to $70

    Post # 33
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @AB Bride:  No – I don’t really consider Canada’s healthcare to be government assistance even if it is government funded.

    But since I don’t live (and don’t ever plan to live) in Canada, whether it is “technically” government assistance or not doesn’t change my personal feelings on my willingness to accept assistance.

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    @blueskye:  I also really don’t view student loans as government assistance (although many people are including them in the context of this thread).

    And I’m not saying that all people who accept assistance somehow don’t have pride.  I’m saying that for ME PERSONALLY, my pride would keep me from accepting anything until I was going to be losing the roof over my head (even if I could qualify).

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee

    I have never been on food stamps or public assistance and I have never recieved student loans or pell grants. But during times of my life when I have no had insurance or when the hospital won’t take me becuase I am not native I have gone to the free clinic. and this week I will be seen for an eye appointment by the free army doctors, so I guess that counts

    Post # 36
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I wish I could qualify for some of these programs, that I have paid into over the years. I can’t secure a job, afford health benefits, gas is up, food is up, and everything has gone up but income has has remained the same. 

    I have student loans but I have to pay them back, with interest but I have no job, so in the end, they will be getting more money than they lent me 😉

    Post # 38
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @StormyRose:  “What I think she meant was that too many people are prideful and don’t want to accept the help.”

    That’s exactly what I was trying to say.  Thanks for saying it better than I could get across.

    Post # 39
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    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I’ve gotten Pell grants, Cal grants, WIC, and Medi-Cal.  My parents still are on Medi-Cal.  My sister received Pell and Cal grants, and is a successful accountant.  I work at a good job as an assistant. 

    In my mind, the investment the government made in our education and health care definitely paid off with the income taxes my sister and I pay now.  But my parents will probably not be able to pay back into the system – they just don’t make much money.

    Post # 40
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @blueskye:  I’m not sure what definition of ‘government assistance’ is being used here though.  Things like medicare, schools, roads, infrastructure, etc could all be considered government assistance.

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @AB Bride:  apologies, I missed that you were from canada. In the US i would consider medicare to be a government social program, that can be used by those who qualify. same as soc. security, welfare, etc. Obviously where you are it is a different story.

    Post # 42
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    If you want to get technical, unless you’re living off the grid, you are assisted by the government in some way.

    Post # 43
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Isn’t unemployment considered government assistance?

    Post # 44
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @mink:  That’s not really the point/focus of this thread though.  This thread is taking specifically about food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance, daycare vouchers, etc.  Not the fact that our government taxes fund schools, roads, infrastructure, etc.

    Post # 45
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I pay a LOT of taxes. If I ever need help in the future, I will absolutely ask for it.

    Post # 46
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    Busy Beekeeper

    @PitBulLover:  That’s (I think) money you’ve already paid into out of your paychecks automatically? It comes from your employer.

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