I also read the stories on the “People like us” website, and the one that bothered me the most was the story about Ginny. Ginny lives in a run down trailer with 4 adolescent children and refuses to receive welfare and only makes $158 every 2 weeks. This makes her feel superior to her friends who receive welfare but her daughter makes fun of her for being trashy. I understand that she doesn’t feel comfortable taking welfare, but that’s not fair for her kids to be in a situation like that where their electricity and gas is constantly being turned off. I feel that Ginny probably doesn’t want to take the welfare because many people look down on people for taking welfare, which I believe is because so many people abuse it and ruin it for the people who actually need it like Ginny. My step dad is a Physicians assistant in town that has a lot of people on welfare, and he feels that about half of them are capable of working but are just too lazy, and they even admit it sometimes. I think there should be stricter rules for people on welfare to exclude it from people who abuse it, so families like Ginnys aren't stuck with no heat or electricity because they are embarrassed by all the negative talk on welfare.
Questions/Comments for class:
In some ways is it better to be in a middle class or working class family compared to upper class? The reason I ask this is because I had a couple friends growing up in rich families and I just recently talked to them lately and heard they both have gone down hill, and I feel that being in upper class actually made it worse for them. I heard in the past 4 years since I have seen them one of them, who lives in a 2 million dollar house got addicted to hard drugs, since his mom spoiled him like crazy and constantly gave him more and more money and didn’t care what he was blowing it on. Both of them are not working or going to school and do nothing with there lives and I honestly think its because their parents gave them whatever they wanted and they never learned the value of a dollar, and that you need to actually work to get things in life.