One in three Americans are on welfare. One in three. Our economy is in a mess, but that's not an excuse.
I guess I'm old fashioned. We were taught to work for what we needed and to work harder, think more and become more creative if the work we were doing didn't supply our needs.
We were taught that being on welfare was shameful and if it was occasionally needed, we were expected to get off of it as soon as possible.
We were taught that TV, fun and games and new shoes were not a necessity and charity certainly shouldn't be expected to provide them for us.
I know. There are those who really need it. I have to say that every time I approach this subject, because there's always someone who gets huffy about it. If you NEED it, get it. If you don't NEED it, get off it.
Take care of yourself and then you can make your own decisions.
Don't have money for food? Learn to get it in other ways. Grow a garden, learn to forage, trade for something you can do, take a dollar bill and see how much you can get at a discount or dollar store. Make do.
An old adage that would do us well today: Make it, make do, or do without. Try it.