I had a conversation the other day with a dear friend about receiving government assistance. She expressed how she felt like being on state assistance somehow negates all the good things she does for others. It was sad to me because she is a wonderful person whose family happens to be going through a rough time right now. My family was there not too long ago. When I asked why she felt negatively about it, she told me “People hate you for using it”.
She is right. There are a lot of people that HATE other people for “taking their hard earned tax dollars.” I see statements like that all the time. This being an election year, there are tons of debates about these “entitlement” programs. So much negativity is spewed out of peoples’ mouths about these programs’ recipients, it’s no wonder some people might feel ashamed for using them…
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