There’s a family who live near my home place.
Three generations of them living in the tax payer funded house. Never worked a day in their lives and never will. Medical cards, every allowance going. Must be raking in a couple of grand a week. No major outgoings. During the boom when places were crying out for additional staff they still didn’t work.
It’s people like that that sicken me, as a tax payer. Take, take, take. Getting extra money yesterday for doing fuck all. It does grate.
I’m not demonising all people on social welfare. The vast majority of people want to work to provide for themselves and their families. Like pretty much everyone on here I’d imagine, I’ve friends and family members who were out of work during the crash. Absolutely frightening scenario to face when you are struggling to pay the mortgage, clothe the kids, put grub on the table when there’s no money coming in. I know I’d not last long on €188 a week.
No sane or compassionate person would begrudge an increase in the carers allowance, an increase in the blind persons allowance etc.
It’s just the professional spongers, who are admittedly only a minority, who boil my piss. I’ve no free house, I’ve no medical card, I pay USC, income tax, motor tax and everything else. Like most people.