When she saw a blog about food stamps, a woman, who felt it necessary to specify that she was “not a rich white lady,” said that not having a kitchen to cook hot meals in may be “problematic” but providing funds for people to eat at restaurants is not the answer.
If you consider the overwhelming numbers of homeless people in this country and their inability to do something as simple as prepare a meal as merely “problematic,” then there really is a problem―and it goes above and beyond where the poor, victimized, and disabled purchase their food.
What really amazes me is the unbelievable amount of ignorance regarding this issue. Common sense should tell you, if you don’t know the answer, don’t raise your hand.
Please, it’s embarrassing.
Your paycheck is not singlehandedly fueling the nation’s assistance programs. If you’re really that concerned about the few pennies―quite literally―that were deducted from the payroll check that you received from that rock solid job of yours―by the way, hold onto that lofty position at Wal-Mart, the economy is a little unstable at the moment and I would hate to see you in line at your local welfare office should something go amiss―at least do a little research before you subject people to your incoherent rants about how poor people are living high off the hog―your hog to be exact.
Unless you’ve been comatose for the majority of your life, you are acutely aware of the large numbers of homeless, victimized, and poverty ridden people in this country. For arguments sake, let us imagine that the government continuously regulates where and how these people purchase food. Where will it end? As it stands, those who are on assistance are discriminated against and considered to be less than by a majority of the population. People who depend on food stamps to feed their families might as well have triple sixes tattooed across their foreheads. They are required to purchase their food with an EBT card that is immediately recognized as being government issued. Hot foods are prohibited for purchase with EBT cards. Somebody somewhere decided that struggling parents should be forbidden to buy premade meals for their children. After all, why should poor folks have the same conveniences as middleclass and wealthy folks?
Lord forbid that the person making a purchase with an EBT card wears fingernail polish, curls their hair, or owns a cell phone―after all, they do not deserve to be concerned about their appearance or be reached in the event of an emergency―they are on welfare! They should look and act the part! How dare those people―particularly the veterans, the ones with disabilities, and the ones with deceased spouses― hold their heads up high as they lay loaves of wheat bread and gallons of orange juice on the supermarket conveyor belt! Juice that is not even from concentrate! At least they could stick to generic, over processed and genetically altered crap. They act like they should have the right to pick and choose what kind of foods they eat like everybody else.
Well, they aren’t like everybody else. Society made sure of that.
What they are is a group of mercilessly judged people who are struggling to survive. For whatever reason―be it divorce, a lost job, a deceased spouse, an injury, health problems, or otherwise―they sought financial help. Yes, a percentage of those people are drug users. Yes, a percentage of those people do take advantage of the system. However, while we are talking percentages, let us also consider the percentage―the majority― of those who are on assistance out of desperate need. They do not deserve to be further victimized and discriminated against simply because they are struggling.
The majority of welfare recipients are victims. Shake your head, roll your eyes, and disagree as vehemently as you like―facts are facts. They are widows, survivors of abuse, veterans, and hardworking people who have suffered loss. They are the victims of poverty cycles, a failed economy, war, and the unethical practices of corporate America. They work for their pitiful governmental allowances―just like you and I work for our paychecks. The only difference is that a higher power stands guard over their food pantries and dining preferences.
Whether or not we choose to acknowledge it, this is not a perfect world. Contrary to popular belief, there are not enough opportunities, jobs, and luxuries to go around. Changing your circumstances is not as easy as “going out and finding work.” Poverty is an epidemic―and it cycles. Regulating the scraps that are rationed out to the poor isn’t going to solve the problem. Our nation itself is in debt, to the tune of $16,787,451,118,147―and I don’t know about you but I sure as hell don’t see any restrictions on our government’s grocery bills.