I am a liberal politically, but post this isn’t about politics. It’s a rant about mean people, lack of compassion, and mean people. Yes, I’m aware I mentioned mean people twice.
There is a nasty, nasty movement going on now. Apparently, having appliances, nicer accessories, a computer, a decent car, and even an air conditioner are too good for you if you receive government assistance. It doesn’t matter if you rent a home that came with appliances or had a loved one give you that car, phone, or accessory as a gift. It doesn’t matter if you bought those things before your year-long layoff. You have them, so apparently you’re cheating the system.
I ran across a post a while back on food stamps and pre-baked birthday cakes. If you’re on assistance, you supposedly aren’t allowed to use your own cash to buy a premade cake (according to the original poster and a few of her buddies). Your kids get home-baked cakes only! How dare you try to make their birthdays special? You’re poor!
And remember Rick Snyder? The lovely governor from Michigan proposed that foster children only use their clothing stipend at thrift stores. He explained himself after the store went wild and backtracked. I have no issue with thrift store shopping and do it myself, but that’s different from telling a specific group of people they have to shop there.
Poor people are supposed to sit back in rags, disheveled, wear shoes with holes, live in hovels, and make sure everyone knows without a doubt just how poor they are. They’re not allowed to have decent lives. They’re not supposed to have game systems or computer, televisions, DVD players, cable tv, or anything more affluent people have. Guess what? Cable companies run crazy cheap specials. Electronics can be cheap, especially when picked up used.
What happened to decency? When did people get so messed up? People even complain about a parent trying to give their kid a nice birthday cake.
Some people just plain suck. And if you sit around complaining about how someone isn’t acting poor enough, you’re one of them.
:deep cleansing breaths: