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Not when I see people on their brand new iPhone 6 talking in line with 3 carts full of hot dogs, chilli, chips, cakes, soft drinks etc.. pull out a food stamp card and pay with that.
originally posted by: coldkidc
Unfortunately, there's a certain percentage of the poor that put themselves there because of poor decision making skills and spending $9-10 on a steak when you have $25 a day to feed yourself seems like a poor financial decision.
But, if you insist, then do it with your own money.
Being on assistance shouldn't be comfortable...it's unhealthy.
That much? Probably big families. You do realize that some people save up little money every month before being able to get iPhones? I know of one guy who saved up for 1 year to get a good computer.
Not to mention the people that had these things before things went bad. I recently have been jobless with no money. I didn't immediately throw out my phone and laptop.
originally posted by: coldkidc
I do think complaining that your government assistance doesn't buy you steak and lobster
When you're poor, it's easier than normal to make poor financial decisions. Once the reality sets in that you are poor and you will always remain poor there's just not much of a reason to try and make better decisions.
Let me give one example, there's a big disconnect in terms of percentage of income in what someone with more money considers expensive and what someone with less money considers expensive. To the poor person such as those on food stamps it is a daily occurrence to pay 1% of your monthly income on food per day, or 30% of your annual income. This is considered completely run of the mill. To a person with more money, dropping 30% of your annual income on something is considered a major expense. For example a traditional engagement ring is 2 months salary or 16% of your income and that's hopefully a 1 time purchase at half the relative expense. Expensive to a person with a lot of money is 0.5% of their monthly income where as a run of the mill daily expense to a poor person is 1%.
Do you see the disconnect here? People at the bottom, just to survive have to make what would be by the standards of any worthwhile financial planner going by just the numbers extremely poor financial decisions.
originally posted by: coldkidc I do think complaining that your government assistance doesn't buy you steak and lobster, which by-the-way, is something many hard working citizens not on the government dole can't afford, is petulantly ungrateful & entitled.
originally posted by: daskakik
How did you get that from the thread?
It doesn't get much more backwards than that. Here is the title of the article linked in the OP "Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood". So the problem is that government assistance can buy you steak and lobster, probably with voodoo economics in the household budgeting, and some people, who are not the ones receiving assistance, don't like it.
I read somewhere that if churches were taxed, it would pay for EBT entirely, AND have enough left over to house the entire homeless population of the USA. But, that's another debate for another thread.