1 of a kind wrote:
Have any of you ever been on the benefit? People seem to make it a lot more glamarous then it is, it is scraping by with barely enough to live (and that was for me who has quite low expenses, i can't imagine what it would be like for somebody with higher amount of bills). The fact is most people on there are people who are just in a transitional phase and aren't dole bludgeors as people like to make out, it is humiliating enough for most people to even be on the dole let alone then being told what they can and can't buy with it like some sort of child. Benefit policies should not be based on the presumption that everyone is a crook, when it is only a small minority. I mean if you are a smoker and you lose your job, you work your arse off to try find a new one but it often takes time, what are you expected to all of a sudden just quit smoking cold turkey, i can tell you now there wouldn't be much money after bills in that benefit cheque for smokes as it is anyway.
I never have been but I know people who are and I know that just because this person spat out 5 kids her and her useless 'partner' are able to sit at home all day 'raising their children', 3 of whom are in school all day, while there are people out there who are juggling jobs and kids and who make less money per week than the government dishes out to this person I know.
I respect the fact that life is not easy on the dole for a lot of people but why should it be. There are so many ridiculous ways that the government just hands out money to these people. The dole should be seen as the last resort, instead it's just the default option for people that can't be fucked doing anything and it's bullshit.
And yes they do have to quit smoking cold turkey if they want free money, or else they can pay for it out of their own pocket, not the government. If you are on the dole and struggling to pay bills, feed your children etc., then obviously you haven't got $15 spare for a pack of smokes.