by Rocky Mountain Stepmom
I think this article is interesting, but I can’t decide if it’s too political. I have a bad feeling it might be. It’s from the Wall Street Journal, but I’ve saved it to my Google Drive so that it’s accessible.
STRUGGLING AMERICANS ONCE SOUGHT GREENER PASTURES—NOW THEY’RE STUCK
It’s about how the rural poor aren’t migrating to where the jobs are anymore. They’re too comfortable where they are, and yet they have no prospects where they are. It’s a far cry from earlier generations who just got up and moved. They fear immigrants are taking their jobs, and yet immigrants are the ones leaving everything they know and coming to the cities. It’s a difficult situation to resolve.
This article is about the rise of families living on disability benefits in rural areas, often several generations all on disability. I noticed in the article they say that the rise began in 1996. Isn’t that about the period that welfare reform was passed? Is it possible that welfare reform simply resulted in people moving to disability benefits? And why so concentrated in rural areas in the South? Perhaps because there are so few other safety net options in those areas? One might imagine that rural work is more dangerous, but at least with this family, the disabilities don’t seem to be related to rural work.
Sadly, I knew people like this back in my day, and there is one branch of my own family that would probably, if profiled, seem very similar. But, it just seems like there are more of them now.
One other thing – I know this is the difference between being a Totebagger and being a rural disability case, but I never saw ADHD as an excuse to do badly, the way this family does. We expect success from our ADHD kids, and the supports – the medication, the 504 plans, etc, are there to help them achieve success.