“[M]iddle-class families applying for government aid only to discover that their safety nets — savings, severance packages, unemployment payments — put them at a disadvantage in a system designed to serve the very poor.
[In California] food stamp denials were up 14%, general relief denials were up 10%, and Medi-Cal denials were up 7%.” (http://www.rimag.com/articleXML/LN946643519.html)
I’m tired of simplistic advice and assessments of this recession.
- They can always apply for benefits.
- Social Services will help them.
- They can get their loans modified.
The safety net is more like a colander. It’s very easy to slip through.
Plans and programs depend on real, non phone call returning, issue having, people. Stressed out, undertrained, overworked, highly leveraged, undervalued employees. They live in a world where the acceptance and defense of mediocrity is too widespread.
Prepare for a quiet groundswell of rude awakenings.