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Can a disadvantage be an advantage?
Old 10-13-2019, 09:20 PM
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Default Can a disadvantage be an advantage?

So to start this off I feel like I need to provide parameters here.

1) I'm not talking someone who may have a handicap like needing to be in a wheelchair

2) Is in all other ways equal to others

So say for example a two people are living in poverty.

Person A has a steady job that just barely covers their rent, food, and transportation.

They have been denied for state assistance and they make too much money to get health insurance without kicking at least some money in; money they don't have so they are uninsured and receiving no assistance. Charities tell them to be grateful and they don't qualify for help. Everyone feels that person is doing just fine even though they're basically scraping by and instead of living life they're a living ghost a cog in the machine who will die someday.

Person B is in the exact same situation except they're about to have a very bad day. They get evicted due to something that was beyond their control. With nowhere to go they lose their job due to a sudden drop in hygiene. They end up in a homeless shelter.

Suddenly Person B has state assistance they finally have the health insurance they've needed for years and resolve long standing medical issues. The state offers an "Employee Retraining Program" that actually gets them a better job than the one they lost.

Within five years Person B is now lower middle class living in a decent one bedroom apartment driving a small mid-sized car and has a bit of a savings account.

Person A is still showing up to the same crap job that barely pays them enough to live, still has no health insurance, lives with family or friends in some cases five men to one studio apartment. Has no savings and wishes he could afford to have a physical.

Person B lost everything and ended up better off than Person A but Person A isn't losing everything the only way for them to get the same help that Person B got is to intentionally walk away from everything an action that would actually disqualify them from most of the same help.

I feel like in this situation. Which has happened in the real world that the disadvantage of losing everything or having some sort of disability confers benefits on Person B that Person A would never be allowed to have even though said benefits are not bringing Person B to the level of Person A but elevating them past them.

I feel like in this case the more disadvantages you have the better off you will be.

Jack Faire

Last edited by jackfaire; 03-26-2020 at 08:25 AM.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:55 PM
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I would tend to agree.

We're presently in the final process for a desperately-needed housing voucher (taken ten years, money I was stashing for a condo got discovered by my mom and repurposed for our rent and we have no savings) and they've asked us to resubmit the exact same paperwork about 7 times. The idea is to make it such a hassle that most people just forget or give up. A friend who works for the housing department has outright said that it's been such a chore because we're white, hardworking, honest, not physically disabled and not addicted to anything. (basically a minority in this town now)

When I was going through the public school system here and my mom was fighting them tooth and nail to just get an IEP, she was basically told that the only way I would get any accommodations is if I was in a wheelchair...
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:05 PM
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An interesting question. I once asked something similar of a lawyer when I asked why those accused get free legal aid and various other aids, while their victims must struggle through on their own. I don't remember specifically her answer, but I know it left me unsatisfied.
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