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This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

That’s the funny thing about being poor. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone feels entitled to share. That was especially true about my husband’s Mercedes. Over and over again, people asked why we kept that car, offering to sell it in their yards or on the Internet for us.

“You can’t be that bad off,” a distant relative said, after inviting himself over for lunch. “You still got that baby in all its glory.”

Sometimes, it was more direct. All from a place of love, of course. “Sell the Mercedes,” a friend said to me. “He doesn’t get to keep his toys now.”

But it wasn’t a toy — it was paid off. My husband bought that car in full long before we met. Were we supposed to trade it in for a crappier car we’d have to make payments on? Only to have that less reliable car break down on us?

And even if we had wanted to do that, here’s what people don’t understand: The reality of poverty can spring quickly while the psychological effects take longer to surface. When you lose a job, your first thought isn’t, “Oh my God, I’m poor. I’d better sell all my nice stuff!” It’s “I need another job. Now.” When you’re scrambling, you hang on to the things that work, that bring you some comfort. That Mercedes was the one reliable, trustworthy thing in our lives.

My favorite is how some people lose their friggin minds over food stamp recipients with smartphones. Some folks don’t realize that your iPhone could be second hand or an old model. They just see a smartphone and get all high and mighty.

Stupid. :\

(Source: azspot)

aboriginalnewswire:

It’s Ugly (by Bernie Sanders) — Paul Ryan QUIVERS As Bernie Sanders Outs the DIRTY SECRET Behind His Poverty Propaganda - Democratic Underground - Sen. Sanders said, “You have folks out there now who have virtually no income coming in. They have families. They have kids. How are they going to eat? We have veterans out there trying to get into the food stamp program. To me, what you’re looking at is an ugly kind of class warfare where the people on top want more and more and more, and they’re pushing down in an incredibly terrible way the most vulnerable people in our country.” Rev. Al showed this graphic that illustrates who food stamp recipients really are:

Dear GOP:

If you think crime is high now, just wait until you cut food stamps and parents become desperate to feed their children!

megdrankthekoolaid:

liberalbutnotpartisan:

wagrobanite:

think-progress:

Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans

Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!

Signal boosting this A) because it deserves to be seen by more people, and b) because I appreciate some members of Congress are actually willing to see what it’s like living on food stamps in order to make their point about how horrifying cutting food stamps would be.

News flash, regressives: people on food stamps do not load up on Snickers bars and filet mignon. They’re limited in what they can buy, and oftentimes, it’s not enough to get by on. Go on thinking these are entitlements that let minorities live lives of luxury, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll never go hungry.

You privileged, elitist pricks.

Also - remember the kids! These programs help children be fed, and until there is something else in place to do so, cutting them hurts the children involved, who had no choice in the matter. I know not everyone on P.A. has children, but I’m surprised by the fact that most people don’t even put children into the equation in these conversations. 

We have to fix the cycle; a societal problem…not simply punish those who are stuck in a cycle we’ve created and then turn the other way.

& yes I know some people abuse programs, but some people also use them appropriately too.

The MAJORITY of folks who depend on Food Stamps are living on the edge of homelessness. To cut their benefits simply because there are a few who abuse the system is criminal.

Entitlements are not handouts. Entitlements are not charity. Entitlements did not tank our economy. Corporate greed did. So why do you want to punish the least of us just so the wealthiest can have tax breaks?

TUMBLR, WHY ARE YOU NOT ON THIS YET?

riyoyukai:

thelogicalsong:

There is a petition on Whitehouse.gov that will restrict congressmen and senators salaries to $75,000 a year for the next THREE YEARS to pay off the deficit! It needs 20,919 signatures, And it’s still under 5,000

HELP GET THIS DONE!

SIGNAL FUCKING BOOST

This might seem like a long shot, but it’s a step in the right direction. Maybe if enough of us make noise, someone will take notice.

If they were serious about reducing the deficit, they won’t mind taking a pay cut.

A Lack of Consistency and Logic

Conservatives say they don’t want Tax Dollars to pay for Safety Nets for the poor; Specifically, Food Stamps, Child Care, WIC, and Welfare

Conservatives also don’t want Tax Dollar funded Contraception; Specifically, Women’s Contraception.

Using the Conservative model of thinking, where everything is reduced to Dollars and Cents, their logic is flawed. Doesn’t it make fiscal sense to pay for contraception? Contraception is cheap, compared to eighteen plus years of food, clothing, housing and healthcare for mother and child.

Education would be cheaper still, but conservatives don’t like to admit that sex exists. For centuries there has been this failed battle to force morality on the populace.    Even at the height of the AIDS crisis, when people were dying at an alarming rate, conservatives pushed ‘Abstinence-Only’ education. In the face of a deadly disease, Conservatives refuse to consider Sex Education and the proper use of Condoms.

Here’s the thing…

  • If you’re not going to pay for contraception, you’ll have to pay for child care.
  • If you refuse to teach reality, you will have to pay for healthcare.

It’s a matter of National Security. When poverty and disease spread, the economy and health of the country fails.