When I read that Ian Duncan Smith would be continuing his assault on the United Kingdom’s benefit obligations, I considered writing about the risk this posed; however, Crissy provides a starker demonstration of how benefits are not a reward for apathy than I could.
Yesterday at work a customer made an off hand remark about getting something free. Lots of people do this, nifty percent of the time they are teasing. We laugh, I say sorry can’t do that, and we go on our ways.
But yesterday was a bit different. We laughed, then he said “I’m just kidding. I work for what I have. I’m a conservitive, not a liberal. I don’t expect anyone to just give me anything.”
I was a little offended. First time in a really long time that I’ve ever been offended. I don’t necessarily consider myself a liberal, but I have been on public assistance before. Even now I have free medical from the state because I can’t afford health care. And this is what this person thinks of me? That I just want free hand outs instead of working for myself?
I laughed it off and let…
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I love how they keep saying they are going to take benefits away from hungry people as if this is a good thing. Because we are all lazy bums for being poor.
The system doesn’t help find work either: despite having a post-graduate degree in law and years of experience in the field, the second time I was made redundant I was marked down as not co-operating when I suggested applying to do a law GCSE (aimed at 15-16 year olds) wouldn’t help me find work.