The mere fact that a building with a Human Services Department Income Support Division sign even exists in Roswell, New Mexico is quite depressing. This means state and federal tax payer dollars are being spent on a building to provide income for those who can not work or are TOO LAZY to work!
Before I continue this rant, please understand that I realize plenty of deserving souls are in need of income support, to wit: disabled folks, abandoned mothers and children, elderly who have lost their fixed income, runaway children, traumatized crime victims etc. The rant article written by Mad Wife at Student MidWife.Net is illustrative of why we DO need state run income support.
My beef is with the concept of creating a government service which provides income support that is highly visible to members of an already very poor community! Winos and scofflaws walking or driving down South Sunset in Roswell can just stroll on in the front door and see what government handouts are there for the taking. I am sure that it is probably not so easy for them to qualify for the money, but the fact that a prominently placed sign on a major thoroughfare even exists ONLY adds to the sense of entitlement and handout mentality that is already prevalent in many destitute regions of the United States.
Just the presence of such a service advances the premise we live in country where those that CAN are stuck taking care of those who are unwilling to be responsible and take care of themselves.