xalres: BMFPitt: xalres: Because to me it implies you think I pretend others using the coping mechanism I described is, in fact, my own coping mechanism to help me cope with my not helping.Yes, the second line quote is a subset of that.You: "You're just pretending that to cope with your own guilt over not helping poor people."Me: "You're wrong in your assumption. Here's how I've helped in the past."You: "That's not what I was saying. Keep living in your fantasy world!"Dafuq?
New Age Redneck: This reminds me of the old saying, "Give a man a fish. He eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he's drunk every weekend."
Fark_Guy_Rob: DROxINxTHExWIND: Fark_Guy_Rob: lowrez: When they're getting a one time gift rather than a regularly scheduled handout they tend to make better decisions. Fascinating.I can't blame anyone for acting in their own best interest, within the confines of the law. In a lot of places it makes more sense to collect walfare than get a job. The numbers are pretty staggering. If I had the choice between working a full-time job paying $8 an hour, or collecting the same (or more) in welfare, *personally*, I'd take welfare.You sound woefully ignorant. Many of the people on welfare are called working poor. The DO have the $8/hr job but that cannot sustain one person, much less, a family. So, they require public assistance.http://benswann.com/welfare-recipients-in-new-york-can-now-earn-more -t han-teachers/Perhaps most unsettling is the fact that in 33 states, welfare recipients make more than they would at an $8 per hour job. In fact, in 12 of those states, welfare recipients make more than they would at a $12 per hour job.I'm sorry, maybe you could elaborate on where I'm wrong?
RedTank: Yes, lets give 100 poor people money and then report how well it went when 1 of them actually does something with it to make sustainable income./Just giving money away is a little too leftist for me.
beezeltown: Give money to poor people who LIVE IN A POOR COUNTRY, and they do good things, potentially.CSB:My friend dated a girl, when we were in high school, who came from a very poor family. One winter, her mother complained that the heating bill was too high, maybe $200. My friend's parents gave GF's mom $200 to pay the heating bill.A couple of weeks later, another story about the gas being turned off emerged. Turns out, the mom used the $200 to get cable installed.This is just an anecdote, but I would tend to think throwing money at people who squander resources and opportunities routinely is a poor use of "charitable" funds.
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