Free Money for Strangers
Government assistance programs are supported by tax dollars. This is controversial for hardworking Americans. It seems as though those less fortunate get a pass and receive an income without working for it, while those working, continue to struggle to make what little they do have, stretch. That’s not total freedom in the land of opportunity. So the question that remains is what responsibility is it of ours to help those in need?
Many people see this as the role of a just society: to provide its members with their basic needs. Yet many others find taxing productive workers to subsidize the less productive tantamount to theft. They argue ...view middle of the document...
People that become unemployed are provided with unemployment benefits as well as re-employment services, and free legal services are provided. (FEMA, 2010). Our hearts go out to victims of natural disasters, but so does our money. What better way to show what a caring nation we are.
As of now there are 13.7 million people unemployed. (US Department of Labor). Most likely these people are receiving benefits to support their families. If they weren’t receiving these benefits the rate for homelessness would be way over 13.7 million because of their families who depend on them. Unemployment Benefits provides State unemployment insurance, extended benefits, and unemployment compensation for ex-service members. The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program administers unemployment benefits to qualified workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. When I was unemployed, I completely exhausted my benefits. I was granted an extension which was helpful in my living situation. The extended benefits are made available during periods of high unemployment. As a military spouse, my husband has informed me that Military personnel no longer have the option of re-enlisting. The Military decides whether they want to keep service members. If not, they are laid off and left to search for work. Unemployment compensation for ex-service members provides them with benefits until their able to find work. Without any of these benefits available, people wouldn’t be able to provide for their families.
There are so many people in different countries that fight to live each day because of lack of food. You see infomercials about donating to help support these families and how a small donation can go a long way. Unfortunately there is no program within their government to help the starving families like there is in the United States. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as ‘SNAP’ provides disaster assistance, outreach, and nutritional education. When hurricane Katrina happened in 2005, the SNAP program was able to help victims through Disaster Assistance which provided food for shelters, and other mass feeding locations. Food packages were distributed to families in limited situations and emergency SNAP benefits given. The Outreach Program works with the community, faith base organizations, and other networks to make people aware of the benefits available for low income individuals or households. “Meeting with families will help them take advantage of food stamp assistance, which allows them to purchase...