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Move along if you don't want to be bored by RL CRAP
Under the cut to help you move right on to the next friend's post....

Did you know this country is so screwed up that even if you're living BELOW the FUCKING POVERTY LEVEL, you can't get food stamps? That's right. But hey, if you're single - as in the dreaded (1) - you have to live ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY PERCENT below the poverty level.

No wonder the number of people on Food Stamps has gone down.

And SSI? FORGET ABOUT IT. Even some homeless people wouldn't qualify!

O' Brother, where art thou?


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caarianna From: caarianna Date: July 23rd, 2013 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I saw the change to the farm bill that annihilated food stamps. I don't understand how people can do that to one another, can be so ... smug and heartless.
knitty_woman From: knitty_woman Date: July 23rd, 2013 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
The Republican and Libertarian parties in this country have moved so far to theright that it's frightening. And I don't see this ending any time soon.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: July 23rd, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Me either!

And so good to hear from you! :)

We're such a frightened country that anything that even appears to cost us will be voted down even though it will save in the long run and take care of those who need caring for. But no, we listen to the far right and because we're afraid of losing what we have, we'll choose to believe others are "lazy, cheaters, etc" so we "let" our reps vote down bills that will even help our veterans, let alone each other.

And the extreme right know exactly what words to use to scare us back into our shells. Shame on us.

*moves soap box back under bed* *BG*
alyburns From: alyburns Date: July 23rd, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

You left off *Frightened*

FOr the rich, it's simply ensuring they keep (and grow) their wealth, and for the rest of us - it's fear. We're so easy to manipulate. :(
caarianna From: caarianna Date: July 23rd, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You left off *Frightened*

Yes, but it eventually becomes counterproductive, as history shows in any number of examples. First of all, it's the general population which is is 'the market', that the rich rely upon to spend their money on whatever: no money, no buying, no profit. It's a pretty straightforward equation. And secondly, the poor eventually get hungry enough or angry enough, or to the point where they truly have nothing else to lose, and they fight back: economic inequality is the basis of most revolutions though it can be dressed up in various ideological rationales. And in the middle, between loss of market and revolution, there is bitter poverty which breeds illness which doesn't respect walls or gates and which can bring down the rich as quickly as the poor. Nations that have huge gaps between rich and poor have populations that don't live as long -- even the rich themselves don't live as long as they do in more equitable societies. This kind of bitter meanness and cruelty wins nothing for anyone and shrivels the soul
sistermu From: sistermu Date: July 23rd, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to say it but every time I think our government is going a bit too far, the American government steps in and shows just what far is. And I am thankful to be here again (even though you do beat us on renewables investment, democracy in the form of number and range of elections, freedom of information and the Alien Tort Claims Act, though I hear that's recently been curtailed. And you have better comedy and sci-fi shows than we do, though at the moment I have given the Kiwis the edge for the Almighty Johnsons).

I hope you're OK in all of this. Sending you best wishes and good vibes.

Edited at 2013-07-23 08:02 pm (UTC)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: July 23rd, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I wish I was

but a friend told me I might qualify for several things (food stamps among them), and after being put through the ringer and tearing my hair out after all the hoops they made me jump through, yeah, I was told that despite being below the poverty level, I'm no longer ENOUGH below thanks to the changes. Grrrr. If my pride hadn't gotten in the way a couple of years ago, I'd have the aid and they couldn't be taken away as it's only new applications that fall under the new strict (as in MORE strict) guidelines.

What do they say? Pride goeth before a fall? Oh yeah. *slaps self*
From: jael_lyn01 Date: July 25th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wish I was

Forgive me if you thought of it already, but is there a community action agency where you live. I'd even take a shot and call the United Way or the YWCA. Sometimes having the right alphabet soup behind the name of the caller can make a difference...my son is interning for a community development group & all he does is negotiate weird paperwork for people who come in.

ON ANOTHER NOTE - the project we discussed? I sent an email with a word file attached. Did you get it?
alyburns From: alyburns Date: July 25th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wish I was

I've tried a couple of 'alphabet' agencies, but so far, no, they can't help. I'll survive. :)

And no, this message is the only thing I've received from you. How long ago did you send?
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