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10:51 AM on 06/26/2012
Great job we need more people like you
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Dnietz
politics is obsolete
10:45 AM on 06/26/2012
And yet, Republicans think she is a leach on society because she was on Welfare for some time.
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AveragePlayer
10:54 AM on 06/26/2012
No, the women mentioned in this article aren't the leaches. They are the exceptions. (Though I'm not a Republican so perhaps I shouldn't be answering your charges.)
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traditionalliberalsrock
The heart of the wise inclines to the right...
12:01 PM on 06/26/2012
I am a Conservative....morally, fiscally and politically (in that order). I agree with you fully and have echoed same.

You are spot on. They are to be applauded for HELPING THEMSELVES out of the pit...they are the exceptions. We need more like them...
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Louie Rey
10:40 AM on 06/26/2012
Wonderful story of persevering and never giving up. Good for her and may God continue to bless her.
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OKSunny
10:34 AM on 06/26/2012
Wonderful. I too was a single mother who relied on welfare at one point in my life while my son was young.
I dropped out of high school when I was 17, partied for about 7 years, got pregnant by my bf of 4 years, and had my son June 2002. His father and I broke up when he was 3 months old and I decided to go back to school, eventually earning my HS diploma, Associates, Bachelors, and Masters (MLIS). I was on food stamps for about 3 years, while working and going to school. I volunteered in my son's kindergarten class and cub scout group.
It definitely wasn't easy, but with the support (emotional, not financial) of my family I was able to accomplish my dream of being a librarian and moving to CO!

Good for her. No excuses!
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JuniorBug
Liberal-vegetarian-secular-Christian-Texan
11:35 AM on 06/26/2012
High-five!
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ResidentPragmatist
My dog is the best person I know.
11:54 AM on 06/26/2012
Now THAT'S a story of overcoming hardship and ! Good for you, OKSunny!
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Exfl
A centrist until the center moved.
10:28 AM on 06/26/2012
Employed as a physician for the next 35 years, Dr. Lamond will probably pay California in taxes 100 times what she received from welfare and 50 times what she would have paid in taxes had she settled for a dead-end job as some of those criticizing her here seem to have wanted. Indeed, her tax dollars will probably be helping to support some of the people carping about her success here on HuffPo.
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helensaghy
10:54 AM on 06/26/2012
Then she needed a student loan like everyone else and not free money.
11:02 AM on 06/26/2012
I doubt welfare paid for her medical school. She like almost everyone who goes to college took out student loans to help pay for her studies. Her B.A. and medical degree together must cost over 100 grand. These women are the examples of what welfare is supposed to do. It is supposed to help people get back on their feet and move forward not live on welfare forever. Good for you women... You are example of triumph over adversity.
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ResidentPragmatist
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11:59 AM on 06/26/2012
If you think welfare paid for her medical degree (or would even cover an associate's degree at a community college), then you're clueless about tuition costs.

I struggled through school without moving back in with my parents (which wasn't an option for me) or using welfare or any other government aid program, but just because this girl did doesn't mean she didn't need it. I don't think her story of "struggle" is very compelling, considering how some struggle exponentially more and still achieve great things. Nonetheless, I'm sure the monies she received from Welfare will be paid back in spades via her income taxes from here on out.
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Brash and Harsh
12:20 PM on 06/26/2012
No, no, no. Remember what Leona Hemsly (Google her name) said.

"Taxes are for little people". Doctors don't pay anything like the rate that Warrren Buffet's secretary pays.

Business income, and investment income, combined with generous perks keep it low. low, low.
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Exfl
A centrist until the center moved.
02:22 PM on 06/26/2012
I know lots of doctors who pay a lot of taxes, especially if they draw a salary.  Their practices may not pay, but they do.
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Freenation
10:18 AM on 06/26/2012
kudos to the mom...
10:05 AM on 06/26/2012
What an inspirational story :) and to those who are complaining that they had to "pay for her welfare", guess what? For the rest of your life you're gonna have to pay for something you don't want to. It's unavoidable. There are a lot of people who don't want to pay for wars, but they have to. Besides, you're not giving a huge chunk of money to this woman, so why are you letting it bother you?
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dwwill
Liberal Free Zone
10:27 AM on 06/26/2012
When people need help, I don't know anyone regardless of part affiliation that would deny it. Welfare is a hot topic that has been so abused,its like the unemployed guy on the corner holding a sign asking for money then he goes to the pool hall and drinks beer while smoking. It makes you weary of giving money to any of them. When someone truly needs help with living and supporting their family, Americans have many outlets to get it. But to continually receive money,housing and foodstamps for years without taking advantage of opportunities to better youself as this woman, I would draw a line at some point. Thats what bothers me.This young lady is an inspiration to what can be accomplished.
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KIVPossum
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10:02 AM on 06/26/2012
Wonderful! Congratulations
09:56 AM on 06/26/2012
Good job mom, you're my hero ....But I feel like the husbands and families probably played more of a role than welfare did...I don't like the slant of the story ....
10:20 AM on 06/26/2012
Maybe it's supposed to illustrate that some people use welfare to better themselves and their families so they can rise above it and support themselves. So many people view someone that's on welfare as a lazy person that only wants to live off the government.
09:54 AM on 06/26/2012
Good for her, but I also got pregnant when I was 17 and completed college in 4 years with NO government assistance. In college, I made $10/hour as an intern, and made "too much" money to qualify. I wasn't pursuing to be a doctor (she was probably not bringing in much income due to her class schedule). I was pursuing a business degree, so the internship was neccessary to build my resume. Essentially, our wonderful system would rather not "help" you through your 4 years of college....it rewards you for not working and having more kids. She is an exception. Well, my daughter is now 15 and I make over 6 figures. It wasn't easy, but it was no ones battle to fight other than mine! This is the issue with Americans....why do we think someone else should take care of us for the choices we made. Pull the boot straps up and make it work!!!
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09:57 AM on 06/26/2012
Wow, that's awesome. I could not afford living in an apartment and going to college plus childcare on 10 bucks an hour. Kudos!
10:10 AM on 06/26/2012
I didn't mention I also waitressed and was professor assistant (3 jobs and a full time student). It wasn't easy...but I worked hard and did what I had to do to make it work! My daughter often sat through classes with me and I did class work at night while she slept. She is now 15 with a 4.2 GPA...maybe she benefited from college classes at 2 yrs old...lol!
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Zilo
Indie---Religion ruins everything.
10:16 AM on 06/26/2012
And you could have just as easily suffered some health problem while giving birth or your kid could have been birth with some health problem, taking you out of the working pool all together and possibly putting you on disability or giving you much higher expenses.

Neither one of you should have gotten pregnant so young. It's a stupid decision all together. You both got lucky sometimes and worked hard at other times. Good for you. But you're *both* exceptions and you both made stupid decisions. It's not that hard to avoid getting pregnant at 17 or 18, ya know.
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09:50 AM on 06/26/2012
Kudos to her! This is what welfare is for: people who fall on hard times. It is not for people to live off of forever. Now she has a great job!