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Not a free ride.

Social safety nets like welfare, SSI, SSDI, food stamps, etc. are in no way a free ride. It's not even a life raft. It's a 2 x 4 with a rope tied to it, barely enough to keep you from drowning if you grab ahold of it and fight constantly to stay afloat. And then the ship is dragging you along in its wake. Which wouldn't be so bad if the people on the ship were helping pull you back onto the ship, but no, they're standing there arguing. One side wants to cut the rope completely because you're "slowing down the ship," and the other side is like "No, that's not nice. Maybe only cut half of the rope?" And then they cut half the rope, and the rope is straining, and all it takes is one particularly strong wave to snap the rope and drown you. It's not fun, it's not easy; you're fighting for survival every moment, nearly dying, it's super stressful and exhausting, and will eventually give you stress illnesses if it goes on long enough. And the people on the ship just want you to give up, stop fighting, and drown already.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1321000.html
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lucretiasheart
Oct. 25th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
NO fucking kidding!

Excellent metaphor for sure.
fayanora
Oct. 25th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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