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Welfare rolls soaring in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 49 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 22, 2009, titled Welfare rolls soaring in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Ohio's sinking economy not only is causing a surge in welfare rolls but is raising new questions about how the system can keep to its mission of providing short-term assistance while helping recipients find jobs.

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Ohio Lawyer

Columbus, OH

#44 Nov 13, 2009
rebel wrote:
i hope people start holding policy makers to STOP handing out MORE and MORE MONEY to enable the "birth assembly line" of uncared for children that bring a check. until then they threaten us all.
We've had strict time limits and work requirements for cash assistance for twelve years. You dont know your ass from a hole in the ground.
Ohio Lawyer

Columbus, OH

#45 Nov 13, 2009
SED wrote:
oh and one more thing, think about the debt that NOBOMA has created in the first 11 months of his presidency....my daughter and her grandkids will be paying for that debt. I refuse to allow her to fix our screw ups!
Why is it ok for her to pay the few trillion that Republicans added early in this decade, when they passed an unfunded new entitlement, started an unfunded war, and cut revenues at the same time so they could pay off the rich? Or didn't you read much back then?

Columbus, OH

#46 Jun 29, 2010
Where the ???? is daddy.

Bellefontaine, OH

#47 Jun 29, 2010
If you collect welfare limit the $ to 2 kids no more so they quit pumping out kids to get more $

Columbus, OH

#48 Jun 29, 2010
No mention of a husband or father helping with the child. Gosh! do you think that could be part of the problem?
No way

Uniontown, OH

#49 Nov 8, 2010
SO, who do all the bleeding hearts think is going to pay for these welfare benefits? In this economy, I know more and more hardworking people who are working under the table and not paying taxes in order for them to get by. When we all quit submitting taxes, how will you pay for these benefits. I will always preserve my family and my house before anyone else, including the tax collector.
Conveniently naive

Raleigh, NC

#50 Nov 8, 2010
rebel wrote:
i hope people start holding policy makers to STOP handing out MORE and MORE MONEY to enable the "birth assembly line" of uncared for children that bring a check. until then they threaten us all.
Really. As if the poor, all of a sudden just- magically- appeared. You are one seriously misinformed dude. And if not misinformed, then, ummm, I'll put it nicely, just plain ignorant and/or living in your own convenient brand of denial. I call it Reaganista elitist school of thought. All those 'babymakers' you so cluelessly, carelessly prefer to just make all go away- have been around- for- centuries, no, make that eons. Problem with your argument is- up to now, they're numbers (and their levels of desperation) are only just now making headlines b/c of the slow starvation of resources set up originally, to get them into productive, working and functional lifestyles. So, in essence, the conservative mantra of starving the beast- woiked. Problem is, now they ALSO must now deal with the results of having 20 million poor and working poor now DUMPED squarely in their laps. So, yep. Can't WAIT to see what my old Ohio looks like in two years. Sadly, it'll be a shell of its once former self. And, I will blame-solely, the Kasich, cut cut cut crowd. Should get interesting....but not- in any good way.....
Right Wing Lunatic

Garden City, NY

#51 Nov 8, 2010
Workhouses were closed in the 1940s with the creation of welfare.

The economy has nothing to do with the increase of welfare. After the black plague killed 1/3 of the European population, there weren't enough people to fill the jobs. It became law that every able-bodied man had to work. Many of them wouldn't and traveled around to escape arrest just because they didn't want to work.

Grove City, OH

#52 Dec 16, 2010
Why is it that it it nearly impossible for single men and women who do not have children to qualify for some sort of welfare assistance in America? I have struggled over this for years. I am a 28 year old white woman. Have worked since I was 15 years old- not making the best of money, but to me- a job is A JOB. It has been very hard for me to get health insurance benefits because they just aren't available where I work. I don't make enough to purchase a private insurance plan.
I am not saying that all mothers and fathers who are recieving welfare benefits do this, but it is happening all too often, and I believe SOMETHING needs to be done to stop this.
This is my problem....I see these women who are literally having children to recieve benefits. The more children they have--THE MORE THEY GET. So what are they doing? Having more and more children, who are often neglected and sent out on the street corner to fend for themselves. A lot of these mothers are having "crack babies," babies strung out on herion, and babies affected by fetal alcohol syndrome. They are also going out on the street and selling their food stamps that are supposed to be providing healthy food for their families at half the face value for cash, or often trading them for drugs.And they continue to have one after another after another. I have seen this with my own two eyes over and over and it makes me sick. It has actually happened in my own family several times, and I do not agree with it, nor support them in any way. I belive that mothers, or fathers who do this, should have their benefits revoked, until or unless they can show some sort of stability or sincere proof- that they are gonna change. How is it fair that I am paying into these peoples benefits so they can keep doing the same thing over and over with no repercussions. I know that the goverment isn't "intentionally" encouraging these people to do this. Unless there is some sort of welfare reform and restrictions placed on these benefits, they are allowing themselves up to be used as a "free ride" for these people and being played for a fool.
My argument is this...Why can't I, and others in my same position, who are trying to go the responsible route-- Get some kind of assistance. I have tried and been turned away several times. It makes me so frustrated that if I went out and got pregnant I would automatically be eligible for WIC, a medical card, and other assistance. But I'm not ready for that financially. So I'm going to remain responsible and continue to use birth control.
For me, some sort of medical assistance would mean the world. I have some pretty serious medical problems but I just can't afford to go out and pay cash to see a doctor nor afford to pay for a private medical insurance plan. Unfortunatley my employer does not offer these benefits. I make minimum wage and I'm just not financially able. And if I did go to a doctor, how would I ever afford to pay for my medication? One of the prescriptions that is used for a disease I have, costs Two to Three hundred dollars a month. That would be covered if I had medical assistance. Since I am a single white female with no children, that isn't looking very promising to me at this point. But I am a optimistic woman so, I will continue to hope that something is done about this oversight in the welfare system....hopefully sooner than later.

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