During a talk segment on KLBJ radio station in Austin, Tx, a listener called in, on her Obama phone, to confront the radio hosts about their stance on welfare. Apparently, the men had been talking about welfare, and how people are becoming accustomed to holding out their hand to receive free money, and taking advantage of it.
The woman, who identified herself as “Lucy,” offers a different standpoint on the situation. Lucy then begins to describe why she is on welfare, and why she will never work.
The 32 year old woman lists all the support she receives, totaling over $1200 a month, and also informs the hosts that her husband also receives financial assistance but designates these “family benefits.”
She expresses disgust in the inference that people who work are “good people” and insists that she is a good person even though she is on welfare. Lucy then describes her day of lying around and smoking weed.
After being asked, Lucy tells the hosts that she expects to be on welfare for the rest of her life.
Lucy argues that if the radio hosts were offered one million dollars they would take it too saying that over the span of her life, she expects to have received at least that much from welfare.
One of the hosts then asks Lucy if she viewed the working class as idiots because we go to work instead of staying home and reaping the benefits that have been paid by those working. Lucy sadly replied that she did think working was foolish declaring that even though she doesn’t work, she’s still going to get paid.
She insists that once you are on the system, it’s hard to remove yourself from it by offering the example of; if you earn $10 they will deduct $20 from your assistance. She also believes that any money she would earn working would only go towards the daycare costs for her three children.
The other host asks Lucy if her parents were also on welfare, to which she answered yes –shocking, right? The apple must not fall far from the freeloader tree.
Either way the woman tells the hosts that she really has no plans of getting off welfare because she doesn’t want to. Shortly after, she does admit that she is able to work, she just would rather not.
Trying to persuade the woman to change her views, the host urges Lucy to be a good role model for her children.
Isn’t it great to pay such high taxes so people can collect their check on the first of the month? Some people need welfare, and actually need the assistance, but its people like Lucy that are the problem. They also point out the fact that democratic politicians rely on this dependency and stubbornness to stay in office.
The hosts were trying to say that people too lazy to be inconvenienced to go work for a living shouldn’t be given free money.