Poor Person: I need food stamps so I don’t starve.

Conservative: That’s lazy. Get a job.

Poor Person: Fine. I got a job, but it doesn’t pay enough. The minimum wage needs to be raised.

Conservative: Still lazy. Go to college so you can get a better job.

Poor Person: Fine. But I’ll need financial assistance to afford college.

Conservative: Still lazy.

Poor Person: Fine. I went to college, put myself in debt, and got a degree. But the only jobs I can get without experience are unpaid internships. Businesses should be required to pay their interns.

Conservative:

Conservative: Still lazy.

Poor Person: How the hell do you expect me to get out of debt?

Conservative: It’s your own fault. You choose to go to college even though you couldn’t afford it.

Poor Person: But you’re the one who keeps telling poor people to go to college. Are you saying that I’m lazy if I don’t go to college, and lazy if I do?

Conservative: Yes.

Poor Person: Then what the hell should I do?

Conservative: Be born rich.

A reminder that you can be denied food stamps and other government assistance when you’re a felon. So let’s review this: as a felon you are unable to live in most homes and apartments. As a felon most employers will not hire you. As a felon, you don’t deserve food, low cost medical coverage, or money to help you get your life together.

You were making better money doing what made you a felon and if you have to go back to that I don’t even blame you.

Just watched a lady pay with food stamps at the grocery store. She was wearing a very nice North Face coat that I can’t afford. Thanks again Obama.
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Found this gem on facebook. I don’t think people understand, it was just Christmas and people get gifts. But no, if you’re poor, you’re not allowed to have a North Face jacket because it might make someone else jealous. There should be a law that if you get a good gift that might make someone jealous and you also receive food stamps, that gift should be revoked by the government immediately and then given to said jealous person because how dare youuuuuu.

And if you dare save up for something expensive you should be allowed to buy it but then you are only allowed to give it to the jealous person who doesn’t receive food stamps. 

But seriously, what is with people making automatic assumptions. “How dare you have your nails done if you’re poor!” “How dare you have a smart phone if you’re poor!” There is a certain standard that people have for those less fortunate. You must dress in squalor and if you dare dress nicely you’re feeding off the system and Obama should be ashamed. 

So I said, “I think in these types of situation it’s best not to assume something about a person you don’t know but instead be grateful that you don’t have to be one at the store in a North Face jacket given to you by your aunt or someone nice being judged because you don’t look poor enough.”

You don’t see poor people doing the opposite. “OMG she can’t even afford a North Face jacket yet she’s buying food. SMDH.”

Why poor people buy nice things

Play along with me as I take you through a subject that is my life.

You are a single parent to a 3rd grader who just moved out of Section 8 [Government assisted] housing to a better neighborhood because you wanted your child to grow up in a safe area.

You are lower-middle class [barely] and you graduated from communitycollege with average grades. You often talk about going back to school but you simply dont have the time. You do not work minimum wage neccessarily, but you do work fulltime. You hate your job. Its thankless, grueling, you’re on your feet all night because someone to be home with your kid during the day- but you’ve worked there for quite a while now. As of now there really isnt too much you can do. You’ve still got another 10 years before jr is 18 so you tough it out and do what you gotta do for their sake. 

With your full time job you bring home [after taxes] roughly $600 every two weeks [yay!].

Your rent for your 2 bedroom apartment, is $750.

Your car payment for the ride you finance in order to get to and from work is $200 a month. 

Your car insurance, for the sake of argument, is also going to be $120 a month. 

$1200 - $750 - $200 - $120 = $130

You have $130 left. “Well thats not so bad!" 

ohoho, you’re forgetting some things.

Your electric bill is $100. 

You, deciding to be frugal, do not have a house phone. You have a cheap prepaid "straight talk” plan for $50 a month. 

$130 - $150 = -20. 

“Oh, being $20 short isnt so bad.”  And you’re right, its not. But wait. There’s more.

In today’s world internet is essential. You’ll need to use it for your work, your kid for school in a couple of years, and driving all the way down to the library every time you need to check something online– is a pain. So you get a [cheap] internet plan for $35 a month. 

[-55]. 

Still not looking too bad? 

Jr can ride the bus, but you’ve gotta get to work somehow. The car doesnt put gas in itself and its $5 for an all-day bus pass. You have a choice of either putting in $40 worth of gas to fill up the tank and only going where you “need” to go [$80 to fill up twice a month] or setting aside $100 a month for bus fare. 

Since you have the car you’d might as well use it. there goes $80

[-135]

And if you dont want social services to come knocking, you’d better get some food in that fridge. You “could” apply for foodstamps, but NOPE. That’d be LAZY. And LIVING OFF THE SYSTEM. You’re not a WELFARE QUEEN are you?  After all, its not taxpayers responsibility to feed you and your kid lolamirite??? YOU decide to pick yourself up by your boostraps and live the American way. :3 [besides, since you constantly work overtime social services says you “make too much money” to qualify for government aide. All they see is the $1,200 a month. ouch.]

the kid eats lunch at school, so you really just need somethings for yourself and snacks at home.

Or you would, if the free/reduced lunch program didnt get cut. Aaah America. Taxpayer dollars are precious indeed. still, you decide to do the economical thing and get all your food from dollar tree.

You  put aside $70 a month for food for you both.

[-205]

You need an extra $205 a month just to break even. This is not including doctors appointments [co-pay], dentist appointments [co-pay], eye exams [co-pay], clothes.

Well now you’re in quite a bind now arent you? So you do what people do in this situation and start borrowing money. From friends, from family, and somehow you manage to scrape it together. Somehow, every month, you manage to work something out with the landlady [who charges late fees after the 5th btw]. You keep doing this. And doing this. And doing this.

You realize something isnt working. 

Your kid never has any nice clothes, never has any new toys, never goes anywhere or does anything that isn’t free or cheap or on somebody else’s dollar. The other kids make fun of them. They start bullying them. You yourself arent doing too hot either. Every month its stress stress stress. You dont even get to SEE your paychecks. You dont even get to ENJOY your money, yourself, your child, or even your own life.

Something has to change.

You start looking at things and saying “what can I get rid of?”

Immediately you look at your car. Possibly the only nice/decent thing you own. You cant make the payments or the insurance so you just let them come and repo it. 

This puts $115 into your wallet each month! Yay! Go you!

But now you have to take the bus for sure. So lets say you work about 21 days out of the month. $5 a day, 21 days, that’s $105.

which leaves you, after food and bills and everything else, with $10.

Which you spend on your child. Maybe on a new toy, or some ice cream or mcdonalds or just something nice for them every now and again. You start saving that $10 from each pay-period and lets just assume you always have that $10 because everything is consistent

One day, you’re out shopping, and you see something you really want. 

You have not had anything nice for yourself in so. Long.

Even now you still dont even get to enjoy your money. Because something always happens. But you’re minding your own business and this thing catches your eye. Its nice. Very nice. You hesitate. You think of everything you’ve been through. You think of the struggling, the crying, the “final notices”, all the hell and fuckery and then you remember back in the day when payday used to be something you looked forward to.

You decide to get it.

And you get that, and you get it home, and you login to the internet while your kid is watching a DVD and the first thing you see is–

“how the fuck are poor people getting iphones and gucci bags? so this is what my tax dollars pay for? You know how I afford nice things? I get off my ass and I WORK for them. People like that are what’s wrong with this country." 

and all of the comments are exactly like this. These are the people who dont want you to receive any sort of help whatsoever but then chastise you for being poor as if it were of your own volition. 

I want you to think of how depressing it would be to do that for months. For years. Hell, think of how depressing it would be to grow up in that as a child and watching your parent do that. Believing nothing would ever get better. Struggling as hard as you can just to barely get by and opening the fridge tuesday night, seeing its empty, then going "all we gotta do is make it until friday” and fill up on water digging for change around the house. 

Poor people buy nice things because they actually want to be happy sometimes too. 

Which is apparently a sin. Poor people dont deserve happiness according to America.

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“In spite of the prevailing stereotypes and assumptions about who uses SNAP Food Stamp benefits the most in the United States, the highest usage is not in Compton, Queens, nor the South Side of Chicago. Instead, a city that is 99.22% white and 95% Republican comes in the lead. Owsley County, Kentucky is a community of about 5,000, residents earning the lowest median household income in the country outside of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Census… Strangely enough, the residents of Owsley County are almost entirely Republican, in spite of the traditional opposition to the Food Stamp program by the GOP. In fact, just last November, residents of Owsley saw their SNAP benefits reduced drastically as a result of Republican opposition to funding the program.”

– The Food Stamp Capital of the U.S. is WHITE and REPUBLICAN | Political Blindspot 

Editor’s Note: This brings to mind the words of the late Reverend King when, at the conclusion of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, he said:

“Toward the end of the Reconstruction era, something very significant happened. That is what was known as the Populist Movement. The leaders of this movement began awakening the poor white masses and the former Negro slaves to the fact that they were being fleeced by the emerging Bourbon interests. Not only that, but they began uniting the Negro and white masses into a voting bloc that threatened to drive the Bourbon interests from the command posts of political power in the South.

To meet this threat, the southern aristocracy began immediately to engineer this development of a segregated society. I want you to follow me through here because this is very important to see the roots of racism and the denial of the right to vote. Through their control of mass media, they revised the doctrine of white supremacy. They saturated the thinking of the poor white masses with it, thus clouding their minds to the real issue involved in the Populist Movement. They then directed the placement on the books of the South of laws that made it a crime for Negroes and whites to come together as equals at any level. And that did it. That crippled and eventually destroyed the Populist Movement of the nineteenth century.

If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. He gave him Jim Crow. And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. And he ate Jim Crow. And when his undernourished children cried out for the necessities that his low wages could not provide, he showed them the Jim Crow signs on the buses and in the stores, on the streets and in the public buildings. And his children, too, learned to feed upon Jim Crow, their last outpost of psychological oblivion.”

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If Wal-Mart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up? (2:02)

This video crunches the numbers on how much Walmart, the single biggest beneficiary of the food stamp economy, might have to raise prices across the board to help a typical worker earn a living wage.

This video was created by Slate magazine and Marketplace. It’s part of a series entitled The Secret Life of a Food Stamp.

How to Get on Food Stamps/SNAP/EBT

i know there’s a lot of tumblr users who are struggling to feed themselves/their families so I’ve put together a resource post to help people apply for SNAP. 

What is SNAP?

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) used to be called food stamps. It’s a USA federal program that gives money to help poor people pay for monthly food needs. It’s a federal program, meaning it’s available everywhere in the US, but it’s handled by individual state governments. EBT, SNAP, and food stamps all refer to the same thing. 

How Does SNAP Work?

  • It’s very simply. You apply online and, if eligible, you then have a phone interview where you just confirm all the info you already told them, and you usually have to show them proof of income (like pay stubs). 
  • Once accepted, you get an EBT card (it looks like a credit card) and at the beginning of every month a set amount of money is added to you account. The amount you get depends on things like income, family size, etc. 
  • You can then buy groceries anywhere that accepts EBT, pretty much every large supermarket and many smaller ones as well. EBT can only be used for “cold food”, so nothing from the hot deli section. 
  • EBT money stays in your account forever, so if you don’t spend everything this month you can use it next month. 

Who is Eligible for SNAP?

  • Eligibility is determined by considering you income, your savings, and expenses (rent, utilities). You check your eligibility here (all states) and get more info on eligibility here. The application is quick and simple. 
  • They way they calculate it is kinda confusing but you’re generally eligible if you make less than ~$1,500/month and I’d say it’s worth it to apply if you make less than ~$2,000/month (these are for single adults). 
  • You can get EBT even if you aren’t a citizen!!! 

How Do I Apply?

  • A master list of online applications for all states can be found here.

I hope this covers the basics. If there’s info that would be helpful but isn’t on here please let me know. Honestly apply even if you don’t think you’re eligible it’s very worth it. 

Please reblog!

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When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master’s in food studies at New York University, she couldn’t help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

“It really bothered me,” she says. “The 47 million people on food stamps — and that’s a big chunk of the population — don’t have the same choices everyone else does.”

Brown guessed that she could help people in SNAP, the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, find ways to cook filling, nourishing and flavorful meals. So she set out to write a cookbook full of recipes anyone could make on a budget of just $4 a day.

The result is Good and Cheap, which is free online and has been downloaded over 700,000 times.

Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

gawker.com
In One Month We Will Begin Intentionally Starving Poor People
At the end of March, 22 states will begin imposing work requirements on people who want food stamps. Hundreds of thousands of people will likely lose their food aid.
By Hamilton Nolan

The Wall Street Journal reports that starting on April 1, all of those states plan to reinstate a rule that had been set aside after the financial crisis led to mass unemployment: that adults with no dependents or disabilities are limited to “three months of food stamps in any three-year period—unless they work at least 80 hours a month, or meet education and training or volunteer benchmarks.”

If people are unable to find a job, it is cruel to force them to starve, and it is foolish to make a poor, unemployed, hungry person sit through classes that will not directly lead to a job, or spend their time volunteering, for no income, simply so they can have food to eat, but no money or free time to obtain it. The likely outcome of reinstating these rules: “The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 500,000 to one million people will lose access to food stamps this year, citing the experience in states where work requirements already returned.”

If you’re like me and don’t have a WSJ subscription, you can see the states that are going to do this here

WRITTEN BY A 21 YEAR OLD FEMALE.

PUT ME IN CHARGE …

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”

Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.

Now, if you have the guts - PASS IT ON…I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET THIS BACK, IF EVERYONE SENDS IT, I WILL GET OVER 220 BACK!!! I WOULD KNOW YOU SENT IT ON!!!

—  I literally don’t think my eyes could have rolled back farther into my head.  What a bunch of classist and racist bullshit.