We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Definition of ‘dole,’ please. I draw Army retirement, VA disability, social security and Medicare. My brother is a retired civilian Army missile technician. My daughter is a retired Air Force officer. That means three households “where at least one member received some type of government benefit …” When my oldest son retires from the Army in two years and my oldest nephew around the same time, there are more family members “on gov’t dole.” Add my youngest son (Army) and youngest nephew (Coast Guard), and we get even more “on gov’t dole.”
Yes, define "dole" for us. If you mean charity, no way Social Security, Armed Services retirement and Medicare are "dole".
If you mean the woman with eleven children under 14 who collects endless payments for her family and plays the system with Section 8 housing; Medicaid; food stamps PLUS access to the food depository, free school meals (three/day), church-based distributions during vacations and summer; a free cell phone for all the kids; charitable $125 Nikes for the boys; after-school and summer camps at minor or no cost; etc. etc. etc. So they trade food stamps for cash and have a huge-screen TV, DVD, computers, iPhones... I tried to hire the oldest for garden maintenance and he turned me down; "too busy."