posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 09:37 AM
You know, this may sound funny but were it not for the 42 million on food stamps, would we have a Thanksgiving next year or at least in the years
ahead? Yes it is a traditional holiday but the stark reality is that families have to make choices about how money is spent. The $50-$100+ spent on
turkey and all the trimmings is money that could have been better served elsewhere.
Growing up, we always went to Grandma and Grandpa's house. There were one or two turkeys cooked depending on how many would be there (Mom was one of
eight children and there were plenty of grandchildren) The turkeys were given from were people worked, generally it was Mom and/or Aunt Louise (they
worked at the same place) Dad's work turkey generally went to his Mom and Dad for Christmas dinner. So that left the sides. All the children (that is
to say the Aunts and Uncles) would bring a dish or dessert of some sort. The vegetables (green beans, corn potatoes, etc) all came from Grandpa's
garden. So the total investment by each family was generally in the $5-$10 range and fed upwards of 40 people including children.
But today is different. Mom and Dad just had my younger sister and I. She is married with three children and I live so far away that I rarely attend.
So it becomes a feast for seven. Not a bad turn out. But gone are the days of turkeys from work so there is that expense. Gone are the days of garden
grown vegetables. Their Thanksgivings are generally Mom cooks the lion's share of the dinner and sides and my sister cooks a couple sides and the
desserts (except the pumpkin pies...Mom does that or if I do if I can come up).
But what I am getting at is that the traditional meal is expensive in both time and money today. That there are 42 million on food stamps means that
the turkey farmers get paid for raising those turkeys. Otherwise there would be 42 million eating TV dinners and remembering past holidays in silence
and depression or maybe visiting a shelter for their meal. In either case there are no fond memories being built for the children. No sense of
tradition being instilled and the whole affair would be gone within a generation or two.
Now there are those that would argue that it is their hard earned tax dollars feeding those people. That they should work to pave their own way. But
think how much that dinner would cost if Tyson, Butterball and Pilgrim (the big turkey sellers) didn't sell as many this year and wouldn't buy as
many turkeys from the farmers next year as a result? Oh, those work turkeys that were given to a few of the other Uncles but not needed, they ended up
going to shelters for their dinners... as were mine when I had them given to me when I worked at a place that gave them...thought you would like to
know about that.