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The Dumbing Of America

The Dumbing Of America
The Dumbing Of America
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I went to college and picked up three degrees, one associate and two bachelors. I teach in the Hillsborough County School System here in Tampa, Florida. I recently found out a neighbor of mine who works in the trailer park I currently live in makes just about what I make. The difference is he has no high school diploma, no GED. The government gives him almost thirty thousand a year.

He is married. His wife who also has no diploma or job and really doesn't take care of the house or children. There are four kids with one going into the first grade. He works for the park to make his rent but only gets about a hundred in cash a week. So that's about four hundred a month. He receives food stamps totaling about eight hundred a month. So that is about $9,600 a year. He receives $1,400 a month from social security and that comes to about $16,800 a year. He receives a refund from the IRS between $7,000-$10,000 annually. So roughly this gentleman takes in around $38,600 a year, $33,400 from the government minus his actual earned income. Now, would someone like to explain to me when we really became the welfare state that we live in. Don't get me wrong, I really do know the answer but it just really makes me wonder how long we can keep this up. How long can the federal government keep on paying people to live pretty much better than those who did it the right way.

If this is what Congress means by helping people then why should the children coming up in the school system even feel that they should continue with their schooling. All they have to do is drop out, smoke dope, get drunk, and have babies. The government will pay for them to live and they will live happily ever after.

The worst part of this whole situation is that if I need any help from the government even if it is food stamps I am told I make too much money and that I don't qualify. It's time that this country become realistic in its approach to how to help someone. It is a sad state of affairs when a person goes through schooling, graduates college, has a job, but are now the person who doesn't get help from their own government because they did it the right way. Thanks Mr President and Congress so nice of you to have our backs.