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Great post... but may I suggest dropping the red background and going with something more neutral? It makes it hard to read, especially on a small phone. Many of my readers have told me that red is a very negative color for them, one they often choose to avoid. Just my 2 cents as someone who was in the printing and graphics business for years...

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I'm old enough to remember debates about this back in the 70s. I remember someone saying something to the effect of "Why can't people receiving welfare be hired to pick up litter on the streets and highways?" A congressman (I think it was Ted Kennedy, but don't quote me on that) replied that doing such work was harmful to a man's self-esteem. My grandfather looked at me and said, "There's nothing worse for a man's self-respect than to get something for nothing." So here we are.

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I'd love to see a public works program like we had during the Depression -- it could provide jobs and job training, plus repair to our crumbling infrastructure.

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A relative of mine went to work recently when her children were not babies. Her husband’s disability payments stopped, food stamps stopped, she had to buy a second car so husband can get the children where they need to be. She works a second job as she is starting at the bottom of wage rates. She is betting that eventually she will become more easily self supporting. I feel for her. I wish she could have kept the food stamps for a transition period.

I’m pretty sure she is earning only slightly more than the lost benefits. I can see how a person might wonder if working helps at all, compared to government benefits. It is a puzzle to me. There should be a way to encourage working, without being cruel.

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