Our "safety net" is our friends, our families, and our faith groups. It cannot be, and should never be, government.
It should be our friends, our families and our faith groups. But too many people don't even
know that any more much less have the ability to do it.
My mom is quite proud of the fact she doesn't have "to depend" on anyone. She depends on the government! But she thinks she earned all the social security she gets. When my brother tried to point this out she shot back "So are you going to take care of me?" She had no response when he said "yes, because that's what family does."
My brother was living at home for college (my parents didn't have the money to let him go away). He decided it was boring and dropped out. He left home and got a part time job at Mickey D's and within a short time got the girl friend pregnant. Sooo they wound up on food stamps because he wasn't going to admit his mistake and ask the family for help. Soooo the taxpayer got to support them for a while. He had hard times because of his own choices! Not because misfortune fell out of the sky and sought him out. believe me I wouldn't have been thrilled if he, his girl friend and baby would have moved in but that what you do for family. Of course, mom would have expected them to both work.