Every parent's dreams are to have a “two” or “four” paycheck from the government and to be able to send their children to college. Unfortunately, none of us are getting two or four paychecks these days because of the economy. If you are one of the lucky ones who has still been able to keep your job, then congratulations. If you are one of the forty percent of people who lost their jobs, don't feel so proud. You are part of a revolution in our country and that revolution is hurting the American people.
First off, President Obama has signed an executive order that allows any American who has been affected by the loss of a job to qualify for the first time for child support. The order says that any American family who does not have the ability to pay child support will be able to receive it. The money is called the “stimulus check”. There is also money set aside in the stimulus package to help families with other expenses. Some of these include tax breaks for those who own businesses and reducing taxes on small business owners.
Secondly, President Obama signed into law legislation that says mothers will not be penalized for using public assistance. This is good news for single mothers and working mothers alike. Another good thing about this new law is that if a mother uses a public aid program and has children, she will not be considered a single mother for purposes of receiving welfare. She will only need to use the programs for which she applies. This helps make it easier for mothers to work their way out of poverty.
Mothers will still have to meet some work requirements in order to be eligible for welfare. These will vary by state. In general, the more income you bring in, the less work requirements you will have. However, since this new legislation was signed, this requirement has been dropped. You can now get the welfare benefits you need without having to work so hard.
In addition to having to meet very strict work requirements, mothers will also have to meet additional demands that are not related to work. For example, they will have to participate in parenting classes, child care, and education seminars. These seminars are intended to educate them on how to raise and care for their children better after they have left the home. This means they will have to work two . . . . . . jobs to support themselves and their children. This is obviously impossible for many mothers who barely have enough time to make it to work every day.
Obama's first stimulus check offer is a great help towards helping single mother's make ends meet. However, it is not a “get rich quick” scheme. It does require effort on the part of the recipient in order to benefit from this measure. Still, this is a great step in the right direction to improve the lives of many Americans.