Many of us tend to imagine that social welfare programs are for ‘losers’ and that there is no way we can end up being totally dependent on such programs. This is indeed why some of us say very nasty things about the social welfare programs. We simply don’t see how we could ever be totally dependent on such programs — and some of us go as far as arguing for the total abolishment of the social welfare programs. But it is always important to remember that there are situations where we could find ourselves actually being totally dependent on the social welfare programs we despise.
One situation that can force you, as a person who was previously independent, to become totally dependent on social welfare programs is ill health. Sometimes, people wake up and find themselves afflicted by chronic conditions that make it impossible for them to continue working. Such people often have no alternative, but to turn to social welfare programs, in order to continue surviving.
Another situation that can force you, as a person who was previously independent, to become totally dependent on social welfare programs is a change in labor market demands. This is where you can wake up one day, only to realize that the labor market doesn’t need your skills any more. In that case, you could start selling off the items you bought while you were working. Soon, you could find yourself going as far as selling your best vacuum for tiles. That is also the point at which you could be selling items like your best cordless vacuum cleaner for carpet. Then, once you don’t have any more such items to sell, you’d be forced to swallow your pride, and make an application for social welfare funds.