Adversity is a great teacher , and one of the lessons to be learned is to have compassion for victims of circumstance. I would venture to guess that some of the holier-than-thou have never seen a cloudy day.
Fly, I don't know about that. Some of the most voluble decriers of "handouts" with whom I am familiar have suffered through hard times. And come through them to be successful. What they fail to see is that their particular circumstances may have been unique and cannot be duplicated en masse.
What one person may accomplish through hard work or education or a combination does not automatically prescribe a pattern for others. And to presume the majority (which is the gist of many arguments with the reservation - of course - for those truly needy; to be determined by who knows who)of recipients are slurping at the government trough because they're to lazy or "sorry" ro have poor moral fiber, is simply wrong.
Not to deny that there is great room for improvement in both the design and administration of both Federal and state assistance programs.
Let's not forget the fallibility of memory. Quite a few rags -to -riches stories involve careful editing, omitting the hand up or the opportunity presented.