Yesterday, I read a story about a mother who applied for Food Stamps for herself and two children. She was so upset she pulled out a gun and took hostages. After awhile, she turned the gun on her children and then killed herself.
I have an idea there is much more to this story than what is being reported. What I don't understand is how many more people out there in America is facing the same humiliating doom of applying for public assistance. Personally, I have seen folks in local stores make faces and comments to those carrying the Texas SNAP card. Really???? Just who are we to judge others?
This story just makes me so incredibly sad because there by the Grace of God could walk my family so far, we have been spared. $296 a month may seem like a lot to others but, from experience with teenagers who constantly eat --- it's not near enough for growing children. I understand the SNAP card is supplemental assistance meant to augment a meager income.
Another thing that just pisses in my Cheerios, it pundits much like Mr. Gingrich wishing to abolish federal laws concerning on child labor. All I can say is: "WHAT AN ASS." How the heck are children who have enough trouble in their homes getting their nutritional needs met to concentrate on their studies; let alone be put to work as janitors, library aides, or crossing guards?
This makes the assumption that said children have no working parents at home.
I am sick to death of listening to others make harsh judgements on families they do not know. Just perhaps, if we take that mirror and look at ourselves with the same critical eye --- we may just be shocked.
-- Not everyone knows how to budget; a skill that has not been taught to the masses.
-- Not everyone has access to lawyers to explain credit applications.
-- Not many know how to plan meals and work with sales or coupons & rebates, or stockpiling when able.
-- Not everyone has access to free banking with over draft protection (those with large accts.)
-- Not everyone has low interest rate home loans.
-- Everyone does not have a reliable mode of transportation.
-- Not everyone has cadillac health insurance provided for them.
-- Not everyone has been lucky to have an education.
Let me tell you gentle reader; I am sick and tired of Republicans wanting to take away from government employees as well. I will tell you all about my own income.
When I joined the Air Force in 1986, I earned a total of $5,111 for ten months of active duty. Upon my last year, I earned a whopping total of $34,898 after 20 years of honorable service to my country. Granted, I lived on base in Maryland and got approximately $300 a month for food allowance, and had access to 24-hr medical care. We as a family was so fortunate (lucky lotto-winners) to have a second income from hubby's job.
All that went away upon my retirement with the exception of 1/2 of my active duty pay under $1,200 a month when adding our insurances for health and life. My hubby was lucky to find a job with the Army; we watch our spending throughout the year. We save a little each month to cover holiday gifts and emergencies. However, the retirement system my husband is enrolled in will not give him a retirement check --- those went away in the 1980s. We will only have Social Security and my retirement check. We are the lucky ones....................
So far, with this economy we are waiting for the other shoe to fall to wipe out our cushion. On this day as we remember those who scarificed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Please keep in mind those who are scarificing just to make ends meet.