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What happened to ideals that made US great?

April 22, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2014 at 11:22 p.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

In response to "America needs to break the cycle of poverty," which appeared in the April 19 Victoria Advocate, Mr. Novosad informs us his letter is not about "major welfare programs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) - nor those who are unable to work." This statement should be held under further scrutiny.

Under Social Security disability, there are procedures under which a "disabled" person can return to work if they consider themselves able to work. I have a friend who works for Social Security. I have shared his frustration over listening to him recount stories of people who milk the system who could be availing themselves of provisions to return to work, but because they are addicted to government handouts, they do not in any way seek to avail themselves to get off this deviant form of welfare and instead just sit back and live off the government. As an individual who is a current recipient of the benefits and currently seeking to work within the system to get off of government assistance, I can personally attest to the abuses that are within the system, having witnessed it firsthand. My own family members caution me, "Don't try to go back to work because you may lose your benefits."

If I believe I am able to work and can prove it, shouldn't I? Absolutely, unequivocally, yes! Whatever happened to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship - things that made America great, things our ancestors accomplished before us that made us a great nation to start with? Why are we more concerned about people finding jobs than we are in inspiring Americans who are capable of creating jobs? Have we so lost our way in the deafening cacophony of voices within our culture that we have totally forgotten who we are and what we are really all about?

Wake up, America. It is time to make the donuts. Then, we need to head for the gym.

William Sutherland, Victoria

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