Poverty TV: Hit UK show stirs welfare debate

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  • Brown Honeyvale, CA
    Jan. 24, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    Also, college students should not be allowed to get federal aid, I know of several couples going to college to be Drs and dentists who are on food stamps! What happened to the day when you went to school during the day and then went to your job at night to support your family? Ugh! Things need to change. Being on welfare needs to be temporary--not an 'easy money' option.

  • Brown Honeyvale, CA
    Jan. 24, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    I am tired of subsidizing the 'working poor' around me who never seem to work and yet have all the coolest cars, electronics and clothes. Welfare programs are decreasing my standard of living. I am the middle class who is too rich for my kids to qualify for financial aid, and too 'poor' to pay for my child's education so they *have* to get academic scholarships or my children will not be able to go to college. This situation creates a lot of pressure on our family for them to get straight A's.

    Also, I am always amazed when folks quote the "don't judge" scriptures when it applies to a social program and yet when the scriptures are quoted to counter progressive social issues and their harm on society, the scriptures are considered irrelevant.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    Some may abuse the system does not translate to everyone abusing the system. Not all poor are lazy or drug addicts. Poverty is a complex issue with no easy solutions. The scriptures condemn those who despise the poor and needy. Judge not lest ye be judged.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    Article quote: "British tabloids are replete with hysteria stories about unemployed people buying flat-screen TVs and designer goods using welfare funds."

    Hmmmm.....sounds a lot like America.

    Hey!, wait a minute!....sadly that IS America today....

  • taxedenough concord, 00
    Jan. 24, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    I know people who have been in subsidized housing for over 30 years. When it has been that long, is it "helping" them or "draining" the taxpayers who have to earn the money to pay for it? When it goes on for over a couple years it becomes less of a safety net and more of a welfare mattress. Too bad the democrats and progressives don't have sense enough to know that simple fact.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    People do not want to face reality when they get into the poverty lifestyle. We all can get into a set pattern and it is difficult to get out of that set way. I cringe a lot of times when I see my friends lose a job and then go on unemployment. They will turn down excellent job offers because they seem to like the paid vacation time. I guess that is okay for awhile but then they get into the entitlement mindset when not working and then their work ethic goes out the window. Of course this doesn't happen to everyone but it is a concern with many people. With their front wheel stuck in a rut it is sometimes difficult to get back on course with their lives.