Today I have decided I can't take it anymore, I have to do something. I'm talking about me sitting by while American Preppers Network allows blatant discrimination against a class of people which I myself am a part of -- welfare recipients.
I've seen this on many prep/survival type sites. I'm sick and tired of it. Who cares if someone is living on welfare or food stamps? Who cares if someone was raised on food stamps and then turn around and raise their families on food stamps? There are income guidelines in place that ensure someone can't take TOO advantage of the system. A LOT of people --even while working-- still fall into the eligible category.
Yes, people who are dependent on the government and not independent often raise children who are dependent also. More always needs to be done in raising awareness of welfare recipients to the positive points of being independent of government help. But if these recipients are actively looking for ways to prep or survive -*-BY VISITING YOUR SITES-*- aren't they taking the first steps? Aren't they trying? Even if they are only trying to stretch the available resources, isn't it better than going through without any cares at all?
The diverse groups of people who are active preppers is just that -- DIVERSE! And they come from all sorts of backgrounds, obviously. Why cut out a group that firsthand see why prepping is so important? Someone who possibly - was raised in a home that receive welfare -or- is a family that has recently became a 1 or no income family. Not everyone has the foresight to be born with the prepping instinct but they develop it AFTER suffering a hardship of some sort.
And yes, I realize that some within these sites don't even believe that welfare should even be an option. I acknowledge their views even if I don't understand them. The fact is as of this posting the welfare system is in place and an available option - as long as it is I am not going to ignore it but embrace it as it helps many Americans in their time of need.
You know I think what annoys me the most about those who want to talk trash about people who receive welfare is that they don't know the facts. Most people who talk trash have NEVER been on welfare. And those who have been on welfare, they haven't done so in the last 10 years. The amount of paperwork, limitations, and hoops have been significantly increased in 10 years from what they used to be. In 5 states that I have first-hand knowledge of there are no "free rides". And from what I understand most other states are the exact same way.
I believe that anyone who wants to bitch about " folks sitting on their asses collecting welfare" ought to go to their local welfare office and just see how hard it would be to do just that.
So I've decided to just remove myself from this environment which is counter productive to me & my families prepping. Before I found these sites I pieced things together, I'll just go back to that method.