What’s wrong with this?

Yesterday, I stopped at the local ‘get-n-go’ on my way home from work.  I patiently waited in line.  The lady in front of me was purchasing a Coca-Cola.  She used a Kansas Vision card (Kansas’ form of food-stamps).  When done with that transaction, she reached in her pocket and laid out $2 to buy a lottery scratch ticket.  😐

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16 Responses to What’s wrong with this?

  1. Latitude says:

    ..and she called home on her free government issued cell phone

  2. I used to see folks at the Sun Fresh in Westport lined up with about 40lb of potato chips, white bread, little debbie snacks, & so on paying with their welfare/food stamp cards. Right behind that on the belt would be enough liquor to kill three full-grown mooses, which they would pay for with cash, rolling the twenties off of a wad the size of a #10 can of tomatoes.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person on food stamps with less than $500-600 in cash on them. I think it’s a federal law or something.

  3. Mike Davis says:

    When I met the lady that was receiving Welfare, Food stamps, and housing assistance who claimed she was owed a new Lincoln Continental every two years. I quit being concerned for those drawing government assistance. She formed a community action group and the city actually placed her on a board to find solutions for the well being of welfare recipients. They have to be made comfortable or they will feel bad about their situation.

    • Mike Davis says:

      Early in my career I worked in the projects and during my stint as a manager the projects were part of my area of town.

    • suyts says:

      It’s disheartening to see the entitlement class grow.

    • P.J. says:

      @Mike: “I quit being concerned for those drawing government assistance”.

      Amen. These people should get down on their knees every bloody day and be thankful they have it so good. My mother spits fire every time she hears stories like this. She grew up in Nova Scotia in a two-bedroom flat (she was the third of five children) that was a total dump. It had no central heating (just a wood burning stove), no fridge (they had an icebox) and it was infested with rats (her father would flatten tin cans and nail them over the holes in the walls). Her father was a coal miner. When my mother was in 4th grade, her father hurt his back and was off work for a year … no welfare, no employment insurance, no workmans’ comp. no governement assistance, no nothing. Her eldest brother was 15 and he forged his birth certificate to get into the army (you had to be 16 to join the Canadian armed forces at the time). He sent home $30 per month, which paid the rent, and her parents were lucky enough to be able to charge their groceries. My mother had two dresses to wear to school the entire year. She would get excited when she found a piece of cardboard, which she would put into her shoes to stop (slow?) the water leaking in through the holes in the bottom. Most people these days who are “poor” have NO idea what it means to really be poor. Nowadays, poor means not being able to afford the latest i-phone. I would normally say, “don’t get me started”, but it is much too late for that ;).

  4. Are you ready to write that $125,000.00 check that you owe to the government? That’s what every individual owes in America, including every baby.

    America needs a Biblical Year of Jubilee. I don’t see bankers in any mood to give it though. So that $125,000.00 will be paid in blood in the streets. The riots that happened in Greece are a drop compared to the chaos coming to America. The government will continue to create debt—as we speak the President is asking for $1.2 trillion more. People are going to continue losing their houses. Unemployment will continue to rise. And more people, reaching even into the middle class, are going to be living in the streets. There will be anger over losing comfortable lifestyles.

  5. Vickie Wells Bush says:

    I think there should be a list of what you can and can’t buy on the Vision card, just like there is with WIC. You should be able to buy the things needed such as toilet paper, laundry soap, diapers,and not be able to buy things like pop and ice. You should lose your card if you use it to trade for drugs and other illegal things. You should also lose it if you give it to someone else to use. If it is in your name, you should be the only one that can purchase stuff on it. There are people who really need the help but they can’t get it, then there are the people that don’t need it like you were talking about. They are the ones with the $500.00 or $600.00 in their pockets ,driving there big fancy cars and dressed to the nines.

    • suyts says:

      Exactly. And, I don’t believe they should purchase this stuff at convenience stores. And this is the reason why we have people who need help and can’t get it. We’re too busy giving away money to people that game the system, leaving less money available for the people who do need it. Necessities, and only necessities would be a great place to start.

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