This post is going to make some people uncomfortable, it is going to step on toes , and to my family piss some of you off. If you don’t want to be mad or made feel uncomfortable stop reading now.
I have an issue with how government aid works in this country, maybe I should say how people abuse the system. I understand that there is people who need aid but I believe it should be used for an assigned amount of time (with a year being maximum). I myself am on W.I.C (Woman Infant and Children) it helps purchase formula, juice, eggs, milk and cheese. I am not going to lie it has been a life saver. We do not plan to be on it past Ian’s first birthday. We also were on food stamps when Casey was laid off shortly after Ian was born. Now during that two months he was laid off we depleted our savings but the government doesn’t care that we no longer having any savings they just care that my husband is employed again so we lost that assistance. Yes to you naysayers I stay home now, but the $300 a week I was making when I was working $200 of it went to childcare. So we decided for me to stay home. Now we are trying to figure it all out, we are cutting back on things we are trying to refinance my car or worst case scenario voluntary repossession. Now why did I just over share with you all?
Well I know people that have been on government aid for many years with no plan of surviving with out it. Yet these same people have money for booze and cigarettes. They go on vacation ever year and eat out all the time. When we talk income they say my husband makes less then their husbands, what the hell. Then their are those who cheat the system by many different way that I won’t go into. I don’t understand how the agencies running the food stamp program don’t realize this is going on or they do and just don’t care?
I say all this because a family like ours would be the kind of family would use government assistance to build our savings back up and would be on it no longer then 6 months not years. This issue makes me so mad that people abuse the system when there are many families out there that could really use it just to get their feet back under them and those families get denied.