Also, townie..you've mentioned your pride in always paying for your own life and being out of work collectively for 3 weeks since you were 15. Well...that's laudable...but your stance seems to be that those who are on your dole or are unemployed are invariably so either by choice or simple lack of effort. I can't speak with much knowledge about the state of things in your country, but I can say that here not everyone who is destitute or living on public funds is doing so by choice. I agree there are those who do, in any large population there are bound to be those individuals, but to condemn all of them as simply lazy is at best naive in my opinion and at worst, pernicious.
Perhaps I've run a little far with what you said, but using your life as template for the lives of others doesn't really work. You can't really say "See? I did it..so why can't everyone else?"
I myself have also always lived by my own effort and money and I've always been able to provide for my own family by my own hand, but I realize that while there are those who live "free" for lack of a better term by their own choice, there are also those who simply haven't been able to live otherwise.
There's a few other things too; Some are all too quick to pat people on the back for doing things that, on the face of it, you can't necessarily argue against (like having kids at a young age) that should really be more critical.
Plus, being in the system myself, it's all too evident that if you don't take what you're entitled too, the state is all to happy to forget you exist - unless they can take something from you, of course.