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|Subject: Re: Disability: How the unemployed survive||Date: 3/24/2013 9:30 AM|
|Author: Woolybooger1||Number: 418733 of 503002|
Excellent take one again Yoda,
The scope is more staggering than folks seem to be aware. But main stream America is starting to get the picture.
As part of our prenatal history taking we ask questions that are supposed to identify social needs in the household of the pregnant lady who is starting her pregnancy care. I will give one example, and it is not isolated.
This young woman was 20. She already has two kids. She is now pregnant with her third. She lives at home with an adult borother (21), her mother (42) her uncle (45) and her grandmother (60).
This made 7 individuals in the house. Two of them young children, and the other 5 are adults. None of the adults worked at all. NONE OF THEM! Her brother at least was not on the dole. He was merely unemployed after dropping out of high school and not the best of job applicants I suppose. The mother was "disabled" with her "nerves". Her uncle was "disabled" with his "back problems". Her Grandma was "disabled" with her morbid obesity, insulin dependant diabetes and Hypertension.
While we can all say we want to help those who simply through misfortune (accidents, REAL medical issues, etc...) cannot take care of themselves, we have so far gone past that tipping point it is ridiculous.
Hey it's not just anecdotes! It is pervasive throughout the culture that has steadily grown in our country.
Just as an aside, I happend to ask this young mother to be where was "baby's daddy"? She said he violated his probation so he would be in prison for at least the next 6 months. ........ Yikes! ......