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I was reading a story about EBT (food stamps) card holders that ransacked a couple of Walmart stores. This is something that gives me mixed feelings.
In this era of “political correctness” is difficult to not be afraid to express what you truly believe, but sometimes you just have to say something.
We are going thru a time that we are not sure what’s going to happen to our country (USA), some of our government is still “Shut down”, basically people that work for a living are scratching their heads, trying to keep their cool and working on figure out how they are going to pay for their bills. I try not to focus too much on the news, I find it depressing, contradicting, and just plain and simple, frustrating.
As we were talking last night over dinner, my son was telling me that it might not be so bad to have a full shut down, I mean chaos will surely happen, but it might be what we need for many people to react and get a grip on their lives. It is scary to think that he’ll be soon going to college, and that by the time he graduates, well, by then, who knows what kind of world will be waiting for him to start his life as an adult. We talked about different possibilities (speculation and hypothesis, that’s all we have right now), how you can strive even in very harsh conditions, but it seems that people care less and less. We are distracted by buying a bigger TV, a car with more gadgets, a phone that allows us to use our heads even less. We start the week looking forward for the weekend. By the time it arrives we are too tired to do anything, and the main thing we do is shop for stuff that we don’t really need. I am moving to a smaller place, and it’s been a liberating experience! I am giving away 85% of my “stuff”, literally keeping what I really have a use for, and it’s been crazy to see all the junk that we keep for emotional attachment, for what if I ever need it (best part is that when you need it you won’t find it, or it will be damage for being in storage for so long), because I paid a lot for what ever that thing is (well idiot me for overpaying for stuff, but if you think about it, this is for sure a very stupid reason to keep something).
Anyway back to the EBT story. EBT cards (food stamps) accounting system was down for a couple of hours, and this turned into a ransack at several Walmart stores. People that had $0.40 left in their cards were available to “buy”, or let’s say get, $700 worth of food. When I first read it I was like, well maybe this people had the need for the food they were getting. I’ve had my moments of struggle that I wasn’t sure where was I going to get enough money for food, or how I was going to be available to feed my son. I’ve never been in any of the Government programs for assistance, even when I was going thru a really, really, really bad time in my life. I was working, I worked in everything that came my way (construction, cleaning, as a mover… You name it), but even then I didn’t “qualify” for help, and I know the feeling that anything that gives you a break is very much welcome.
The part that got me was looking at the shopping carts this people were dragging, their contents were potatoe chips, sodas, cereals, in other words… junk food! then this same people that needed this assistance to “feed their kids” were taking videos with their phones, and not cheap phones, they have smart phones. Then you look at their nails, and 90% of the women have their nails done. I know some people are talented, and they can do their own nails (I attempt to do so, and my fingers look beautiful… Yes! I go the extra mile and paint my fingers too. I could be so talented sometimes), but this are acrylic nails, that are professionally made, and even if they do it themselves, well that is not a priority for someone that “can’t feed their family”. Then you start to do some research and find out that there are even fast food restaurants that accept EBT as a form of payment. Now work with me for a second. An average meal in a fast food restaurant for four people is no less than $20 to $25, and this is getting all small sizes. When you are struggling you can make at least a whole day of food with that amount, meaning that if I am really in need I try to stretch the last penny. Eating out is a luxury you just can’t afford if you are in a difficult time, right?
So the point my “friend” (the one who posted this article) expressed that really hit me hard was this: What would happen if the government really shuts down, as an no more welfare checks going out? What would happen then? I mean, none of this people that depend on it are working, meaning they don’t have a lot of experience and probably have not developed a lot of skills, because well they are on welfare and don’t need it. (IMPORTANT NOTE! I AM NOT SAYING THAT EVERYONE ON WELFARE IS THE SAME! I know a lot of hard working people that need the little push, a little breathing space this allows them to have, and that as soon as they are back in track, move forward and stop receiving benefits, as well that I’ve seen hard working people that for something as ridiculous as extra $200 A YEAR, don’t qualify for medical insurance for their kids, but they expect you to cover the insurance with the $200).
One irony I find is that if you are illegal in this country, and you have an emergency, you don’t pay anything! there is a medicaid for illegal immigrants. But if you work and pay your taxes and have the same kind of emergency, be ready to pay, even if you have to get another job to do so! because they will make you pay even for the things that were not even related to your emergency, but that were done anyway to prevent a “malpractice suit”. Now let’s imagine that all this “help” is gone! no more food stamps (EBT cards), no more I’ll support your kids even if you have them by the dozen and keep on having more knowing that you can’t even support one, no more move into this country and we’ll support you for the first two years (yep! housing is cover, food, education, cash assistance, depending on where you are coming from this benefits apply), no more get on section 8 to live a single family home with a pool, no more free cellphones with data plan, or make this phones only for emergency calls, (just works for 911), no more anything.
What would all this people do? the ones that have way to many kids, the ones that have never worked, because they were “disable” since they turned 18. I don’t know about you guys, but this is a very, very scary thought. Crime rates will definitely go up, for sure the level of honesty here is very low. I know that they have to fill this applications a “certain way”, they know someone that knows someone and that is how they get the benefits. How many are addicted to illegal substances, their health is less than ideal (look at what they are feeding their families) because they have medical insurance, and if they are not doing well… They can claim something else.
What about the people that really need it? What about the people that worked all their lives that are now 80 years old and all they have is their social security check. What about our kids that will have to pay for it, but will never be available to see a penny of it.
This is scary, and concerning. And the worst part is that we don’t feel we can do anything because we are afraid of “offending” someone, because we are so busy trying to be politically correct that we forget to do what is right.
We are facing a real crisis, and not just in this country. I am sure I am not the only one that wants a better future for my kid, but I also want him to know that you have to work for what you have, that things take time to be accomplished, that things are possible, but they won’t come falling from the sky.
There are so many bright minds out there, we should all try to find a solution for this, create some level of consciousness among us and our kids, and see if we can have this country survive, because if we go down, we are taking the world with us.