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August 30, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 30, 2013

Welfare system needs reforms

I am writing in regards to the news story that aired on WTHI’s channel 10. The story was about work vs. welfare.

It totally outraged me when I learned that here in the state of Indiana that a welfare recipient brings home more money than a person who works a full-time minimum wage job to the tune of $4,000 more.

My husband and I both work full-time jobs for not much more than minimum wage and we still struggle to make end’s meet. When it was just me working we went to St. Ann’s to try and get assistance for medical and prescription drugs and were denied. They said I made too much money and I make just a bit over minimum wage and that is for two people.

So what a kick in the teeth to find out someone on welfare can sit on their behinds and get checks, food stamps, medical and even housing assistance, while my husband and I, along with millions of other Americans, work so hard for what little wage we get and are denied any assistance.

It seems to me that our government, especially the Indiana government, has become the welfare recipient’s enabler. And why would they want to go out and get a job when our government has made it more profitable for them to sit at home.

There will be some who go out and get a job. For some it’s a matter of pride, but most will continue to collect that check and all that it comes with.

My 72-year-old mother still works and pays her taxes along with millions of others who are sick and tired of working our fingers to the bone to fund a program that was intended to be a helping hand and not a career choice that seems to be passed from one generation to the next.

Our government needs to revise its welfare program. A welfare recipient should not take home more money than someone who gets out of bed every day to go to work. They are drawing a check for sitting at home and doing absolutely nothing to earn it. Sitting at home and collecting a check should not be the better option to going out and working a full-time job.

We all need to let our elected officials know how we feel about this business as usual. Let them know we want things changed. I think if they can’t get things changed, maybe we need to elect someone who can.

— Anita Fletcher

Terre Haute

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