I have been so busy lately that I didn’t realize how long its been since I posted.
Now to my latest rant. I was with Aza at Wal-Mart a few nights ago and wow did I find something to post about.
We had to get a few things for her family as well as a few things for me. Of course it’s Friday and every low income dirt bag on welfare is there to get their government cheese. Let me make it clear that when I say “low income”, I mean low income by choice, not by circumstance.
Note to those unfamiliar with “EBT” and “WIC“: An EBT or Electronic Benefit Transfer card is an electronic system that allows state governments to provide benefits to authorized recipients via a plastic debit card. Common benefits provided via EBT are typically sorted into two general categories: Food Stamp and Cash benefits. Food stamp benefits are federally authorized benefits that can be used only to purchase food. Cash benefits include State General Assistance, TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families) benefits and refugee benefits.
EBT should not be confused with WIC also know as “Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children“. WIC is a federal assistance program for the healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of five. The eligibility requirement is a family income below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. If a person who participates in other benefit programs, or has family members who participate in the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, they automatically meet the eligibility requirements.
So, this young couple was in front of us with 2 carts absolutely loaded with high dollar food items and EBT card in hand. I saw a newborn baby in the cart as well as a toddler which was probably 4. I watched as they unloaded 2 carts worth of brand name everything, tons of junk food, the best cuts of meat, T-bone steaks, chicken, and yes London Broil. I looked at Aza, shook my head and just had to laugh. The young couple was decked out, she had a designer outfit on that included a very large diamond ring with matching earrings. She also had several tattoos all over which as I am finding out are not cheap. I looked at her man, he had a throw back jersey on with a very expensive pair of shorts and was also wearing Air Jordan tennis shoes that I know cost over $100.00 dollars. Meanwhile I have to budget my $25.00 dollar sneakers. He had a long silver necklace around his neck that hung down to his waist with tattoos all over his body too. He also was flashing some high dollar jewelry which included an upper and lower gold plated grill cover for the chicklets in his mouth. Once again all I could do was shake my head in disbelief.
So while we had to put back several things that we would love to have had because we just couldn’t afford it, we waited for Slim Shady and Cher to unload their items that the taxes coming out of our paychecks were paying for. It took forever because they had so much stuff. I noticed that they unloaded at least 8, yes 8 or more cans of the very expensive Simalac. Meanwhile the woman behind us paying hard earned cash was buying Wal-Mart brand baby formula. We just had to wait simple as that, so we did in utter disgust.
We both work so hard to just survive, to pay our mortgages, food bills, vet bills, gasoline and whatever other little emergency may pop up, while these people unload $500.00 dollars worth of groceries and then take them to their government housing apartment where they pay no rent. I finally had enough and told Aza I needed to leave before I got myself in trouble for voicing my opinion. Aza agreed since I was in uniform.
Aza called me about an hour later completely exhausted. “It’s getting to a point where I just can’t stand going there or to the grocery store anymore” she said. Understandably so! She was very upset, especially when she was loading our groceries into her car and saw them drive off in their brand new car.
What the hell is our government thinking!!!! This makes me mad as hell! These programs were meant as a hand up, not a hand out! We struggle to get by with the bare essentials in life while these “people” sit back and live well off of our hard labor. So not only are we expected to pay for our own families, ever rising gas and grocery bills we’re also expected to pay for theirs too!
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not ripping on families in legitimate need here. God knows I deal with and pray for enough poverty stricken, hard working men and women daily who don‘t use these programs because they‘re too proud. I’m all for legitimate disability benefits, the WIC program and welfare on a temporary basis, which is what it was meant to be. But these programs are being horribly abused and they are being given to the lazy not the needy!
So in summary, “Work harder, millions abusing welfare are depending on you!”
I’m Out And We’ll Talk Later!
"I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement." ~Calvin Coolidge