Skip to comments.Merry Christmas to the Food Stamp, er, SNAP recipients
Posted on 12/26/2009 5:02:53 PM PST by Publius772000
On Christmas Eve, I, my three small children, and my wife, who works the graveyard shift at a truck stop to supplement our meager income, visited our local Kroger store to pick up a loaf of frozen garlic bread to go with dinner. I refrain from writing much about myself in this blog, as it seems somewhat egotistic to assume anyone would want to read about my personal life. However, on this particular night, we ended up checking out behind a group of ladies. Their hair was newly done, obviously at a salon. Each of them had had their fingernails professionally manicured. They wore expensive leather jackets. They were buying steak, chips, soda, and a cart overflowing with other items, all name brand. No Kroger or Great Value brand for them.
Their total? $170. They paid for $11 of it in cash. The other $159? The leader of the group whipped out her trusty EBT/SNAP card and scanned it through.
Now I know that there are those of you who couldnt care less about such anecdotes. Live and let live, you say. But it bothered me. Each of these women wore clothing that was worth more than anything I or my wife own. Each of them had been pampered lately. Its been years since my wife was able to afford a professional haircut, much less a trip to a salon. Shes never had her nails done. Yet these women, despite all this, paid for the vast majority of their essentialsincluding steak which Im also unable to afford except on amazingly rare occasions, such as birthdays that end in a zerowith money supplied by taxes taken out of the paychecks of me, my wife, and people like us.
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Well, FRiend, working for a living is not really something that is encouraged, hasn’t for many years.
It is truly sickening, I know, I see this stuff too.
I know... and I know that many others have seen this sort of thing, also. I just felt the need to vent at this one. My wife was dying to go up to the group and say “You’re welcome!” very cheerily as they left. I advised against it. ;)
Lets not forget that time of the month when it becomes common to see hispanic families push 3 carts through the store and one of them is packed down with meats.
I worked dairy and usually got called up front when that happened. To bag.
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Probably had an new Escalade out in the parking lot. More and more “SNAP” recipients have been driving Escalades.
We SHOULD be upset when we see things like this! For years, it’s been minorities who have taken advantage of our welfare system, but we now have a new class of welfare recipients, white welfare mothers, who intentionally do not marry their child’s father so that they can collect assistance. And it seems as if the parents of these girls are just fine with this!
I don’t know the race of the women in the story that was posted, and it certainly doesn’t matter. Wrong is wrong!
Welfare programs were created as a bridge to help out families, short term, but as we all know, it is now a way of life, generation after generation, for many, many families. And those of us who still have work ethics are forced to subsidize this selfish way of life for those who will not take responsibility and provide for themselves and their own families! And it’s only going to get worse.
They are called Cardinal cards in VA. Single mothers (sluts) use them all the time. Family of 4 gets around 800.00/mo. When I was in college, I barely could feed myself. I have always wondered why our society treats sluts and losers better than struggling college students, who end up in the end financing the liberal agenda.
Yes, things like this make you wish you could truly starve the beast.
Sad thing is I have known people that DID need help to get back on their feet, and they had a terrible time ‘qualifying’ for aid, likely not the right ‘look’ or something, I don’t know.
I intentionally left the race out so that we could focus on the injustice of the system, not the race of the recipients.
How do they get these cards. Isn’t their income ever checked?
I totally agree. I have no problem helping people who really are in a situation and need a hand up. I’ve done it in the past, sometimes when it’s been tough to do. I just despise the fact that the government is so arrogant as to tell us how our money will be divided and who will and will not get the unconstitutional welfare.
That is what I would do. heh.
That IS the problem, we keep watching unconstitutional crap passing us by, and becoming law!!!
My wife works with a girl at the truck stop who has no kids, lives with her parents for no rent, and receives unemployment because she doesn’t get 40 hours a week. She has every conceivable amenity, works around 30 hours a week, pulls unemployment, and laughs all the way to the bank. She has proudly informed my wife that her only monthly bill is for cable. All of her other money, including that supplied by Georgia taxpayers, is spent on hair, nails, clothes, etc. Proudly.
I know. I saw such as that just the other day in my own grocery store.
The lady was dressed to the nines.
It p*ssed me off to think of how hard my family has worked to get where they are today.
Sad thing is I have known people that DID need help to get back on their feet, and they had a terrible time qualifying for aid, likely not the right look or something, I dont know.
Not black or brown, forget it.
Seen it in another way. The university set who spend their lives filling out forms to go to graduate school at public expense and stay there for years graduating to work at the U. When they really get it down, they can get themselves in position to travel the world on various “projects” or as “chaperons” to “underpriviledged.” Yup. Living’s good at the U.
After last election I told friend not to call anymore.
I used to feel the same way until I learned recently that people who take in foster children get food stamps to help feed the children. My sister died last year and her husband was abusing my neice, so I now have custody of my neice. Due to the social security death benefit, my neice isn’t eligible for a food stamp allowance, but if you see a half way decently dressed woman with nice rings on her fingers at the doctor’s office pulling out a medicaid card so the kid with her can see a doctor, it might be me or somebody like me.
State governments should only be involved in disability and unemployment issues. No food aid, no pension schemes (like Social Security), no welfare, no health insurance programs. And the Federal government, needless to say, should not be involved in ANY of the above six items. You would probably see a lot less welfare queenism if such was the case.
I would do neither since I wouldn`t take moocher cards.And we`ve been what most would call very poor.
Of course there are exceptions, I think we are discussing the general lean of this mess.
I have also worked around ‘free clinics’ and the patients have the same profile: probably most are in need, but the parking lot does have a few ‘nice rides’ and those are the ones they are sucking the system dry on purpose.
Nobody can say that legitimate need should be supported, is the abuse we are sick of!!!
There’s a woman on a certain forum I’m on that gets plenty of foodstamps, she’s always mentioning it, looking for ways to use them, she gets so many.
Candy, LOTS of candy at birthday parties! She was wanting to buy a Thanksgiving dinner and donate it to someone. (shaking head) It makes me sick.
It's sad that in America today we're being forced to provide other people (freeloaders) with a comfortable, care free life style - before we're allowed to even feed our own families.
It just isn't right.
“Nobody can say that legitimate need should be supported...”
Is ‘should not be’ . . . gee... this keyboard!
Years ago, when I was a student at LSU and could barely afford the ingredients for chicken gumbo, I saw three women in Burkas in front of me at the Winn Dixie, all paying with stamps. (It is a debit-type card, but welfare just the same). You couldn’t see anything but their eyes.
When my son was in the 5th grade we found out he was almost deaf in his left ear. It would take a very sophisticated hearing aid to help him, but we couldn't even pay for his hearing test! I was told to apply for Medicaid, but when I went to the local office I was told that I was (1) white (2) married and (3) my husband lived at home, so there was nothing they could do to help. I was so stunned... I should have asked to have it in writting, and signed!
I see this every single day. And then have to listen to my idiot governor Ed Rendell saying that there aren’t enough people getting these benefits.
What sort of freak eats frozen garlic bread. If the complicated science of buttering bread and sprinkling it with powdered garlic has you confused, I have no respect for you anyway.
There’s nothing egotistical about this at all. You are absolutely right in your observations. About 10 years ago, I was living in a different area than I do now, & there was a woman renting a house on the corner across from the house I was renting. She had 3 kids, ages 4,6, & 7. I just had my daughter, who was 4. She played with these kids occasionally when they came over...to eat! Yes, I said that right, they came to my house when they were hungry. So, that Christmas Eve, I had cooked a huge pork roast, with tons of carrots & potatoes & took it over to the woman’s house so that she & her children could have a nice meal. A few hours later, I went back to see how things were going & I walked in to find 6 adults drinking at the table, with empty plates beside them. They were playing cards & obviously feasted on the dinner I brought over. So, I walked over to the kids, who were sitting on the floor in an empty room with no furniture & asked if their bellies were full. They said they didn’t get any dinner, & their mom told them to have cereal...but they couldn’t find any cereal.
Arrrg! I was pissed! I told the woman I was taking her kids for her for the night to sleep at my house (she was more than happy to get rid of them in her stoned state). I cooked more food & let the kids stuff themselves.
Come to find out, this woman was on low income housing (she paid absolutely nothing for her rent), she got over 500.00 a month in cash assistance, & over 400.00 in food stamps. And there she is spending it on herself & her friends while these poor kids suffered.
I have no problem helping those in NEED. I have a major problem supporting the millions who are in nothing but WANT
There are very few people in this country who are truly in need. The charities alone would have their cups running over if it weren't for the governments meddling. The majority of welfare recipients in this country today are nothing but lazy, self serving slobs.
“The majority of welfare recipients in this country today are nothing but lazy, self serving slobs.”
Yes, I agree 100%.
“The university set who spend their lives filling out forms to go to graduate school at public expense and stay there for years graduating to work at the U. “
Where can you go to graduate school for free?
Go back to sleep, then, and rid us of your presence.
At least she PAID for the garlic bread with her own money....
The cashier was frantically trying to explain that there was no coupon for free shrimp as the two women slunk out of the store.
They have regulations to prevent people from abusing the system. The problem is that they make them so complicated that people who are honestly in need but ignorant of the system are unable to navigate their way through while the professional moochers who have made it their business to study the system are able to sail through.
My friend who applied for aid after her husband was disabled has spent a year trying to get some aid. With three kids and her job and trying to care for her husband she doesn't have the time to spend a week doing nothing but going from state office to state office filling out forms and telling her story over and over.
My sister-in-law, however, knows how to work the system to a T. She has not worked in ten years and yet she always has money to spend on... let's just call it recreation.
She can spend a month doing nothing but annoying the state aid people to get a bit more in food stamps or better housing. Why not? She has nothing better to do.
I have a daughter that is a social worker, her job places her in the homes of welfare/food stamp recipients.
My daughter has 4 children, they do not have cable, high speed internet, cell phones ( except the one from her job).. They spend about $700 on groceries a month.
Now the people that she SERVES...have LCD tvs,cable,cell phones and usually a newer computer.. they also get (for a family her size) $900 food stamps.free breakfast and lunch at school..and unlike the working poor...they can also use that food stamp card to access food pantries at the end of the month get free winter coats and toys from charities. They get federal/state heat help and free telephone as well as the best medical insurance in NYS..medicaid
They also got a “stipend” at the beginning of the school year to get the kids ready for school while working people struggled to get those expensive supplies.
At some point one has to ask themselves if they are fools to pay taxes so these people can live better than you do.
You really have no idea how to cook do you.
Powdered garlic is only acceptable if you are cooking something in liquid and then only in emergency.
This might be the only area I MIGHT NOT have an issue with.
If a person gets more than enough from food stamps for them and their family to live, then buys food to HELP someone else, that is great.
I know a couple who were getting $400 a month in stamps. I spend about $200 a month for 2 people, and I feel I eat pretty good. And yet THEY complained about things.
Imagine what they could do if they chose to leave disciplined and modest lives. The people THEY could bless others, with the governments largess. Especially now, with so many out of work. $200 a month could buy a lot of food for food pantries. It could provide 5 meals for Christmas, for families who couldn't afford one.
My point is not to be wasteful of money. The point is that the government hands out the money anyway. Since these people are going to get it, put it to its best use.
I've got a friend who at one time had it VERY hard. She got some food from people in her church. It was near Christmas, and she got a ham. She already had a ham for Christmas, and decided someone else she knew could use it.
Don't let anyone tell you that Medicare and Medicaid are the answer to 'health care'. Because, they are the worst at reimbursing pharmacies and doctors for the services and drugs.
I can't think of an insurance company that is allowed to wait (AT LEAST) six months before they even attempt reimbursement! And, the government is also the worst at denying claims. If they don't have a legitimate reason for denial they will invent one! Who is going to settle that? Well, that same government agency, of course!
If you think we are screwed now just wait until 'health care' (& other Obama crap) is enacted!
BTW, did anyone see the report on Fox News about the FAA having a $5 MILLION 'conference' on the taxpayer's?!
Party Time at the FAA; Critics Question $5 Million Gathering
That is the way I see it.
Wish I know how to starve the beat in a really efficient way.
Charities, churches, friends, can take care of the truly needy.
“... starve the beat...”
Should have read ‘starve the beast’ and my keyboard is sick still!
I’m seeing a lot more of this also even though I live in a middle class area with almost no minorities. It has suddenly become fashionable here for girls to get pregnant and not get married.
I’ve been behind quite of few of them in the grocery line picking up huge cakes , desserts and junk food paying with the cards while yapping on their cell phones.
BTW Kroger’s has some great sales and many of them double coupons. If you watch the sales carefully and stock up on the items that you normally use when they go on sale you can reduce your grocery bill substantially. Many times it is much cheaper to buy the name brand item with a coupon than it is to purchase a store brand. There are coupon clipping sites where you can purchase them if you don’t buy the Sunday papers. Also this place is great for finding out what the best grocery buys are for the week and what coupons match up for them http://www.southernsavers.com/
Oh and the Wii , it’s an awesome time waster . I love Mario Kart !
I get your point, but we are all disgusted that they don’t work, so we pretty much are against her getting foodstamps in any event.
They are “disabled” (read: fat)
$800! Surely you jest, it’s just mind boggling.
Well, they fill out papers and get teaching assitantships to start. They then fill out papers and get food stamps (true) and everthing else they can get. They learned how to fill out papers and how to find what was up for grabs. They were very good at it.
Those in Washington see the taxpayers as nothing but voluntary slaves. If we want to feed our own families after they steal their "fair share", we'll keep working, spending, building, etc. They can count on us to bring in the cash - no matter how much they spend.
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