Meet Donna Nunez and Angelica Hernandez. They were profiled in an NPR piece about hard times in Ohio.
Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. She says a car accident 17 years ago left her depressed and disabled, incapable of getting a job. Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on a $637 Social Security check and $102 in food stamps.
You're telling me that in the past 17 years, this woman has been unable to squeeze in a GED in that demanding schedule of being poor.
That would go a long way into helping this woman 1) kick her depression and 2) help her find a job. In addition, couldn't she find a way to walk off some of those pounds. That would also be a great first step in helping her disability and also helping her depression issues.
Believe it or not, I have a lot of compassion for these women. I've seen this kind of generational poverty in my lifetime. These women probably have no knowledge of a life outside of this life of despair. Unfortunately, the government has become enablers for these women to continue these lives of despair.
This is why, if we're going to have a welfare state, there has to be conditions to receiving benefits. You should at least be going to school on your way to a GED. You should submit to drug testing. If you receive section 8 housing vouchers, you should be subject to home inspections.
If we push people in need to achieve, they might actually be exposed to a life that's not the life of a couch potato.