soundbite I just retrieved from accidentally switching to Fox News
this is literally revolting
because apparently low-income people can’t enjoy good foods, huh?
how fucking insulting this channel is
how fucking insulting
Being able to get that kind of food with EBT only looks like insanity to a person who doesn’t realize the hateful heinousness in having mentally tabulated all the foods they consider too good and too enjoyable for people who use EBT cards, because that card apparently should come with a “okay, you can stave off food insecurity but don’t you dare have one moment of enjoyment on our dime.”
Because obviously, we got all those dimes completely fairly and not at all through the very system that is responsible for a person needing EBT in the first place. Obviously.
How dare poor people eat a fucking piece of fish, ammirite?
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
This is why people who go on and on about how self-diagnosis is somehow evil and wrong and dangerous need to SHUT UP. Because legislation like this is cutting funding for whatever affordable care options exist (not many!), AND CRIMINALIZING MENTAL ILLNESS MORE THAN IT ALREADY IS.
Stop acting like “the problem” in self-diagnosing mental illnesses or conditions is CAUSED by the people self-diagnosing. Of course it’s a fucking PROBLEM, a problem caused by THE LACK OF BASIC HEALTH CARE, MUCH LESS MENTAL HEALTH CARE.
My paper diagnosis cost in excess of $1,000, which I have not and probably will never be able to pay.
I can’t believe people think a communist revolution would be bad b/c “violence” yet 20,000 + people die a day from starvation - and the world produces enough food to feed everyone and then some, even with rising populations
not to mention the countless deaths due to lack of access to healthcare, poverty, capitalist-motivated wars, and so on
You’re a privileged white girl in your 20’s, you’ve never lived through the hell that China turned into after communist revolution.
You know nothing.
And since just about everyone reblogging this are white 20-something who’s missed every goddamn history lesson in the book, I’m going to sit you down and explain you a few fucking things; these are the stories I got from my father growing up. Here’s what it’s like to live after a “communist revolution”.
Starvation? 45 million died from starvation during Mao’s Great Leap Forward. (Not to the 7-11 million who died under Stalin’s reign, and the death toll of North Korea today.) But hey, those are just numbers to you.
Poverty? If you think food stamps are bad, try living on rations for over a decade. You and your neighbours all have an allotted amount of stamps to feed your family for the week, but if you don’t get to the market stall before the food runs out, you’re shit out of luck. Note that it’s market stall singular, because there are no other alternatives of getting food.
So you stand in line for hours and hours in the dead of winter with the rest of your neighbours, in a queue that extends around the courthouse you live in with no heat, running water or electricity. All for a few heads of cabbage, a few blocks of tofu, 1 kg of rice and 500 grams of flour because that is all you’re getting. That’s all you have to eat. If you’re very very lucky, you get maybe 250 grams of meat per month.
Violence? You fucking know nothing about violence, so don’t you goddamn dare downplay it; not of the violence of the people by the people, the violence that overtook neighbourhoods and communities in the public shamings, the ransacking of homes and utter destruction of families. The violence of silence and fear; the sheer, overwhelming dread of being sent to hard labour or even worse, government prisons; of watching colleagues and classmates (your “comrades”) disappear one day with no questions asked because they uttered the wrong word at the wrong place; of fearing that you’re next, you’re next because you asked the wrong question.
Why? Because you turned them in, of course.
Not because you love your country, but because that’s what everyone does to save their necks.
And someone is going to do the same fucking thing to you.
The Cultural revolution was not some social rights wet dream where rich people got what’s coming to them and the poor got power. Everyone suffered, especially the poor. They got to blow off steam for a few months, stick it to the rich, but in time when winters came, when the famine took hold and crops failed, they starved just like the rest.
And for what? Once Mao died, the next president decides to open up the trade and markets because, obviously, this shit wasn’t working. My parents and grandparent lived through this piece hell for years, and they didn’t do it so you goddamned white people could turn this shit into some social justice fantasy.
You know nothing about living under a communist dictatorship, about the destruction of land and the destruction of people and you should be very, very thankful for that.
You want to change the system? Find another way. Revolutions are not fucking pretty, are not glorious and they’re not for you; they only benefit the people in power and you don’t fucking want one.
People die and nothing changes. That’s why they’re revolutions.
“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.”
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.”(viagetoutofthewelfaretag)
Just a quick point: Ever get a nice score at a thrift store? I have found Coach purses for $10, Sorel arctic weight boots with tags still on for $20, and a Michael Kors top for $4. Those are just thing I can think of off the top of my head.
Also, that jacket or smart phone could be from a time went they were more financially stable. If you have a nice North Face jacket, you aren’t getting rid of that and buying a cheap Walmart coat just to appease the judgmental fucks in the grocery store. You aren’t going to sell all your nice stuff for whatever you can get just so people aren’t bitter when you use your SNAP card.
I pawned a Columbia parka in Wyoming for grocery money once and that was fucking stupid. I didn’t apply for food assistance because I was afraid of being judged. Instead, I wound up with $40, which lasted for almost four weeks, and no coat in -30°F weather. Would that be better? If you’re answer is yes, you’re an asshole.
I’m here for this whole response.