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Its not about 2 hots and a cot. Or thinking people should have only the bare minimum. With better choices the OP can have good meals, and the occasional sweet food...
reply to post by Bilk22
I was making $600-800 a week working. This illness has wrecked any chance I had at a normal life and you have to audacity to say I'm being lazy because I'm typing ? Go F- yourself.edit on 17-11-2013 by wantsome because: (no reason given)
The following are 21 facts about "wealthy America" and "poor America" that are hard to believe...
#1 The lowest earning 23,303,064 Americans combined make 36 percent less than the highest earning 2,915 Americans do.
#2 40 percent of all American workers (39.6 percent to be precise) make less than $20,000 a year.
#3 According to the Pew Research Center, the top 7 percent of all U.S. households own 63 percent of all the wealth in the country.
#4 On average, households in the top 7 percent have 24 times as much wealth as households in the bottom 93 percent.
#5 According to numbers that were just released this week, 49.7 million Americans are living in poverty. That is a brand new all-time record high.
#6 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.
#7 Household incomes have actually been declining for five years in a row and total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.
#8 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.
#9 The homeownership rate in the United States is at an 18 year low.
#10 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.
#11 18 percent of all food stamp dollars are spent at Wal-Mart.
#12 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.
#13 It is hard to believe, but right now 1.2 million students that attend public schools in America are homeless. That number has risen by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.
#14 One recent study discovered that nearly half of all public students in the United States come from low income homes.
#15 In 1980, CEOs at S&P 500 companies made 42 times as much as their employees did on average. Today, CEOs at S&P 500 companies make 354 times as much as their employees do on average. In fact, there are many CEOs that make more than 1000 times what the average employees in their companies make.
#16 U.S. families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#17 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.
#18 Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.
#19 Approximately one out of every five households in the United States is now on food stamps.
#20 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.
#21 At this point, the poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5 percent of all the wealth in the United States.
But, why, if you're on a strict budget (I don't see government funds set up to be used as personal indulgences), why would you buy cokes and pies? You're supposed to buy nutrition. That's what the funds are for. It's money to keep you alive and well, not to buy moonpies and soda water. Same thing with the EBT cards. I would think they're for paying bills like electricity and rent, not casino funds or club night.
If you would cook for yourself instead of getting the instant stuff, your money would go farther.
edit on 11/17/2013 by FlyersFan because: (no reason given)
You can obviously type on a computer keyboard, so there are jobs for you. You need to look harder.
If he can afford it on his own, he can go get the 'extra'. But if he can't afford the 'extra' - like ready made pumpkin pies and soda and instant flavored rice packages - then I sure as all hell shouldn't be buying it for him. And that's what I'm doing when he spends tax money to buy that crap.
Heck, I can't afford rib eye steak, but why can't I have that 'something extra'??
Should I demand that those who can afford it go out and buy it for me? Hell no.
It's not their responsibility to have to do that sort of thing.
He was complaining about his entitlement handout not buying much.
But taking a look at the pictures tells us why it didn't go very far.
HE BOUGHT CRAP.
Pre-made ... make life easy ... sugar filled ... CRAP.
I am RESPONSIBLE when I grocery shop. No soda. No pre-made pumpkin pies.
No pre-cooked instant fully flavored rice packages.
We get fresh chicken to cook at home instead of the expensive cans of chicken.
We get bags of rice or boxes of minute rice. PLAIN.
We go without all the extra spices and gravy.
We eat responsibly for our budget. He could do the same.
edit on 11/17/2013 by FlyersFan because: (no reason given)
reply to post by wantsome
For one person, in a month's time, that's around 225$, which I'm pretty sure is plenty to sustain you. Now, I can't really determine prices in your area, because I don't know where you live, but here, that's honestly enough to feed a person well. 300$ is what I pay on food every month and I end up throwing almost half of that away because it doesn't stay fresh the whole time.
I'm seriously not picking on you. I just don't see how it adds up to a lack of food. I know it's not a lot of food, but from someone who used to eat ramen daily during the college years, I could do a lot with 200$ a month.
If you have to live on a tight budget, get rid of those things you don't need. Treat yourself once in a while but making sugar part of the weekly diet isn't good for you and I'm not sure the government wanted you to have sugar as part of your diet. It's trying to sustain you and millions of others at the same time. I'm sure they're on just as much a budget, though so many people abuse it.edit on 17-11-2013 by StallionDuck because: (no reason given)
That's not 'evil' or 'cruel' or 'unchristian' or 'disgusting' or any of the other insults that have been hurled around here (and in a U2U) .... it's just the truth. Deal with it.
edit on 11/18/2013 by FlyersFan because: (no reason given)