We are fortunate to live in a country in which the government procures and maintains programs aimed to assist children, the elderly and the less fortunate; in many third world countries, government assistance does not exist.
The United States is known in part for their hard-working people; low income and in many cases even middle class people, are composed of families were both parents work full-time and sometimes even work more than one job in order to make ends meet. Unfortunately for some, this income does not cover all the basic necessities and families have to recourse to public aide.
Unfortunately, since the funds for all types of assistance are made possible by tax payer’s money, this creates a conflict for the government because some people feel that helping others less fortunate creates a vicious cycle into which these people feel comfortable receiving the assistance and do not make the extra effort to become economically self-sufficient.
I believe than in most cases people want to be able, not only to cover basic needs on their own, but to provide their families with a decent life, but encounter themselves in situations that seem to be out of their control. For this reason I believe that more can be done. If the income received from a job is not enough to support a family, other strategies need to be evaluated, being the most important the pursuit of higher education.
A higher education degree opens new doors and new possibilities. Of course not all professions offer the same type of income, but in the majority of scenarios, a higher education is associated with a higher level of pay, making this an advantage for people who have degrees versus people who have only completed high school. The advantage is not only in the pay grade, but also in securing employment. Most companies with opened positions will likely choose a candidate who has a bachelor or higher degree, versus the candidate who doesn’t have any, even if the position requires a degree or not.
For this reason, I believe government programs designed to assist low-income families, should make an effort to offer higher capacitation and training to participants, maybe not as a condition to receive the benefits, but as an additional benefit for all those who didn’t have the opportunity before, but are now willing to take advantage and work hard and be dedicated, hoping that in a not so far future, they too may become economically independent.
We live in the greatest country in the world, where opportunities are abundant and accessible; therefore, those who wish to get ahead in life will only have to look for what is available to them and what fits their individual needs. It is not easy, but it is achievable, and once one finds its own right path, it is a matter of staying focus and continue walking.