I want to post this on facebook which is a bad idea so it lands here.
To those who think that someone who has a low income, someone who uses resources such as food stamps, medicaid, financial assistance programs, grants, etc., please realize that you are not better than me. I consistently see comments by people with a sense of entitlement about how those who use these programs are social dependents, not as good as the person who is working but struggling, or general are lesser people.
Guess what? It can be you. A year ago my income would have been considered high. Not because of me, but because I worked in a job with a high need and therefore high salaries. I didn't make this happen. I didn't know what I would make when I started, and I didn't use salary as a criteria for any of the jobs I took, although the last job had a $20,000 pay cut so I did negotiate as high as I could then. I've made exactly nothing for some time, and was on as many food stamp dollars as a single person is eligible. And now I am on SSDI, which is income I earned because it is an insurance program I paid into, and I'm not eligible for some forms of help, but i still don't make very much. I quality for things related to percentages of the poverty level and they are not huge percentages.
I worked very hard for the years I worked. I made a lot of money during those years, thank God over and over since it means I make a manageable amount WITH ASSISTANCE, now. But I am not less than you. I did not choose this. This is a state with a huge unemployment rate, once the highest in the country. I am not unemployed, but if I were it would be hard to expect me to easily gain employment (unless it was in my field, in which case there are lots of jobs). Disability, as in my case, happens. I wish it didn't. I'm young and I don't know if I will even work parttime in a field I spent $90,000 to qualify for only 11 years ago. But what happened to me, both the times I was unemployed and now that I am disabled, including every step of that path including the no income for months part that made food stamps a saving grace, those things can happen to you. I didn't set out to be disabled. I didn't expect it even though I probably should have. I knew it was likely. I refused to see it was probable. It changed nothing. I worked as long as I could and now I can't. And I may not have much money but I also don't have the self-righteousness that makes you think that not working is because of a choice or laziness.
I'm not mad at anyone on here but am hoping somehow that God will lead a few specific people to this page before my head explodes reading what they write.
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