Should government programs be availble to middle America?

@sedel1027 (17868)
United States
August 22, 2008 9:01pm CST
With so many people struggling, but not poor enough to get help, should adjustments be made to the system to give more people help? I know some people will take advantage of the availability of aid, but too many people are suffering for them to be cut off.
2 responses
@keasling (724)
• United States
23 Aug 08
yes. changes need to be made. my family can not get help because we seem always to make a little too much which with three kids we cant see how.
1 person likes this
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
23 Aug 08
Hmmm. When was the last time you applied? For a family of 5 at the current rates you need to make $45,880 or less a year. Right now we would barely qualify with just my husband working (a baby would push us into the 4 family member level IIRC). With him just working we would be short about $600/month to cover food, gas, the toll bridge...all things vital for us to survive and him to get to work.
@keasling (724)
• United States
23 Aug 08
right at a year ago. we had "anticipated income" so we didn't qualify. my hubby had just started working and i was making 500 a month total but because he had started work we couldn't get food stamps
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I think the middle America you are referring to no longer qualify as the middle. With the price of gas, food and utilities on the rise they definitely need to adjust the maximum allowable income. Some people need it and are not able to get it.