I'm sorry, Ms. Hirshman, but this story of yours spacks of Robin Hood economics. My husband and I worked very hard to build a very comfortable life for us and our children, and we most certainly didn't have our hands stuck out, expecting a handout. And contrary to what Obama wants Joe the Plumber to think in terms of his "former struggling self," that self didn't receive nor expected to received any handouts. He got to where he is because of his talents and abilities.
The Obama ecomomic plan will do absolutely nothing but continue the cycle of welfare and poverty on a different scale. I would have thought the liberals learned their lessons from the last welfare policy enacted. Their "good intentions" poisoned over three generations of Americans who could have otherwise benefitted from being taught valuable skills that would have enriched society as a whole. Instead, they've collectively snuffed out any desire to achieve. Tell me, if I gave you money every month, and tax credits on top of that every year, what incentive would you have to work?
"If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime."