Originally posted by Tranceopticalinclined
I'd like to clear some things up, since I am on some forms of Welfare, I'm also a Air Force Veteran, and recently recovering from server digestion
problems suffered over the past 10 years.
For one, Food stamps cannot buy anything other than cold organics. meaning, if it is not having to be kept warm, and can be consumed by human beings,
you can buy it with foodstamps be it the store who sells the product accepts them.
You cannot buy ANYTHING else warm or not organic.
Now with TCA ( Temporary cash assistance ) you can get 300 I believe a month, but that's only if you are seen by a social worker weekly, are proving
that you are seeking employment, have kids and need that money to keep a major necessity available to you. You must pass drugs tests, and manual
screenings as well financial checks to make sure you are not having other accounts or property elsewhere that could of been liquidated and used prior
to receiving funds.
First, thank you for your service.
I don't think some of the folks that want to start slinging insults the minute that someone complains about food stamps has a clue about why there
are so many of us frustrated and fed up.
Let me tell you about my education with the program:
During the Carter double-digit inflation days back in the '70s, I had a wife and a newborn to feed and house. Our plant would work 3 days then lay
us off a week, call us back for 4 days and lay us off 2 weeks, etc... Regardless of what I applied for, we got turned down for everything but
One day I saw a woman I knew that worked for the state away from her workplace and kind of cornered her. I asked her to explain to me why I saw all
these people getting food stamps, help with their utilities, free insulation and storm windows, WIC, etc and we didn't qualify for anything.
She said she would talk to me, but if I quoted her to anyone she would call me a liar.
First she wanted to know what I drove. A ten year old Plymouth with 100,000 on it but paid for. She said that if I had a newer car that I still was
making payments on and it was worth over $5,000 my payments would apply toward benefits.
Then she asked where we lived. We owned an 80+ year old house that needed a LOT of work but paid for. She said if we were renting a furnished
apartment our monthly rent would apply toward benefits.
That was when I asked, "Let me get this straight. My wife and I are trying to live within our means but have to lose everything we've worked for to
get help but some guy that is already living better than me gets help right away so that he doesn't lose any of the stuff that HE DOESN'T EVEN
She said, "I'm not saying it's fair, that's just how it is. And I never told you this."
So I asked her, "What would you say if I told you I could show you three people today that are making more in a week selling pot than I do in a month
at the plant and are all making out like bandits on state benefits?"
Her response was, "I'd say, 'Don't tell me because I can't do anything about it'"
And then they wonder why this kind of crap gets me bent out of shape...!!