Thursday, August 6, 2009
Damn this is a Great Country
This past Wednesday I was at the Kangaroo Express at Jupiter and Malabar the woman in front of me bought 2 bags of chips a bag of peanuts 2 Gatorade and a mountain dew. She paid for her purchase with a food stamp card. She then purchased a $20 Gold Rush scratch off ticket and 20 Power Ball tickets. She paid for this purchase with a $50 bill.
Recently at the Winn Dixie the woman in front of me paid for over $175.00 in groceries with a food stamp card and had 3 WIC checks worth of groceries. Then she whipped out the cash to pay for the two twelve packs of Beer and the other items she could not use her card for. Ten minutes later I saw her again at the Tobacco store next to the little Ceasers she had her nice Toyota Camry illegally parked with her two young kids inside she waddled in side where she had the Cash for 3 packs of smokes and she had to "play her numbers" and get a scratch off.
Does anybody else think this is a bunch of bull shit?
According to today's news 34.4 million people in America who knows how many illegals are now receiving food stamps that is 1 out of every 9 people. Florida had the largest increase in recipients. Average benefit was $133.65 in May per person. Obama's economic stimulus package enacted earlier this year included a temporary increase in food stamp benefits of $80 a month for a family of four
Now I know times are tough, the economy sucks and it appears to be getting worse. The U.S. unemployment rate of 9.5 percent is the highest in 26 years. And Brevard County is higher. But Damn if somebody has got the Cash to play $20 scratch offs and buy $20 worth of Power ball tickets Cigarettes and beer I think they could probably use that money to buy some freaking groceries. Instead of making the taxpayers pick up the tab.
People who are lucky enough to have a job and are working have to budget our grocery money tighter then ever now and I was watching those nice cuts of beef being paid for with a food stamp card it pissed me off because I was buying ground chuck because that's all I could afford.
I think a better way to run the food stamp program would be for stores to have carts already made up in the back. You would have the family of 2 cart, the family of 3 cart etc. In these carts would be the basic staples and generic brands of canned and dry goods. Bags of beans and Rice, Cereals etc. they could walk in swipe their card and wheel the cart out to their Camry.
Something else pisses me off too. When we apply for a job we have to take a piss test to make sure we are not using drugs. Once we are hired some of us are subject to random piss tests checking for drug use. Maybe these food stamp recipients need to start peeing for the government why should we pay for food when they are sitting home smoking weed watching Jerry Springer?
Its a screwed up system, there are many who truly need the help and will use it until they get back on their feet and find work once the economy improves. These people probably hated getting the help anyway but they have a family to feed. Then we have the leaches who have always abused the system and have always lived this way. What really sucks is that bitch will be the one who will probably win that Powerball