Man on the Street: Work and Welfare Reform are Popular

Man on the Street: Work and Welfare Reform are Popular


So what was your very first job. So my first job, I was a sales associate with American Eagle Outfitters My first job was a sheet rocker. My very first job was with Arthur Young and company in New York City public accounting firm. My very first job And I was just talking about that today was making hamburgers. my first job was at concession stands for a little league baseball games First job was Walmart Wally world I was a Code 3 so those were the buggy pushers What did that job teach you to teach you any kind of work ethic responsibilities anything like that? Um, work ethic for sure. Time management. Um just kind of earned some money. You know start out. Be responsible. and I like to be able to feel like you know I’m part of the workforce It taught me that one of the most important things was Attitude is to have a good work attitude You know the hard work. You know you get a little bit of reward from doing hard work, so that’s basically it I would say I learned responsibility because it was my first time And it was first time dealing with money and making food for other people so I guess Responsibility is probably the main thing It taught me that I don’t like to work in heat Taught me that I don’t like to do manual labor But Walmart actually taught me how to be disciplined. If you were to guess just take a wild guess at how many able-bodied adults received food stamps in the Year 2015 What would you say? I’d say 30 million people I feel like it’s lower than people think I think probably around like 8% I don’t know 10 20 million. If I have to guess. It shouldn’t be very many. It should be about 4 million. Maybe a hundred thousand. I’ll say about 2 to 3 million Yeah, what do you think about that number? That’s pretty big That’s kind of sad that there’s that many people who, who qualify. 21 million, oh wow. 21 million? Oh wow, that’s a lot Oh my god, 21 million. That’s crazy Yeah, you need to get out and work cuz I’m pretty sure that me as a taxpayer That’s working everyday and providing for my family We’re paying for that so if you’re able bodied And you don’t have anything going on and you’re able to work. You need to get out and work Do you think that able-bodied adults in order to receive any kind of welfare or food stamps? Do you think that they should be required to work train or volunteer for at least 20 hours per week? Yeah Yeah, that seems reasonable to you? Yeah, that seems reasonable. Absolutely, I think there should be a requirement Absolutely because our system today is a disincentive for people who are receiving welfare, food stamps or whatever. I think everybody can have the ability to volunteer at doing something if it’s making phone calls you know if it’s Answering phone calls are delivering food Mentoring you know I think volunteering is very important. Yeah, I would say that’s fair. I think if you’re going to receive welfare you at least try to work. Absolutely, I think that is a minimum requirement If the government has given you something for free and you’re able-bodied, to go out and work like everybody else There should be some type of stipulations for you to receive though those government assistance Well, it sounds like the consensus is clear Work is the key to helping individuals regain their independence and dignity. Wow so that’s amazing you went from making hamburgers to that. To working with mentally ill children and adolescents, so see you can a variety of careers But I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up That’s what I wanted to be and I’m still on the ground so maybe I can ride in that Tesla that’s in space

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