13 February, 2018
I never thought I would hear this type of suggestion from the high house of the nation. From a president who never has to do without food or any other “luxury”. From a president who spent many paragraphs in his recent national speech, touting his 'push for AMERICA – for Americans'.
Many years ago, with a young child in tow, I was pushing hard myself, to improve my life – and the future of my son's, by getting an academic degree. I worked part-time and was on a SMALL amount of food stamps. It was hard, but in my 30's, I still had the energy to do what needed to be done – the long hours, the physical output.
In the end of my junior year, the country and it's ethical prowess decided to cut back on food stamps. My roughly $120 a month – dropped down to $30 a month. Being young, filled with trust and hope in my govt, I went to the Dept of Social Services and asked for guidance. I explained that I was one semester away from getting my bachelor's degree in Geology (my greatest Love – next to Physics). She arrogantly explained that there was nothing she could do. (Unless of course if I wanted to switch to secretarial....). THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
So, I switched to Earth Science for which I already had enough credits, took an internship for the last part of my senior year and managed to graduate the next summer. But, I never forgot that event – never forgot how my govt let me down while I was pushing to improve my station in life; they were more interested in saving $$'s – at the expense of the poorer people – already scraping through, than to cut corners in their own back yard – a yard that would not miss a few less items...as opposed to yards lacking – sometimes...even proverbial grass, as did mine.
Well folks, they are at it again! I mean really; “a box of food including peanut butter, canned vegetables and a few other items”, instead of the measly amount of food stamps now allowed? I guess 'food-stamp-people'...don't deserve to have the choice to buy fresh greens or fruit for their children any more.
The news channel where this was aired mentioned how many millions of dollars would be saved. At whose expense? It reminds me of my early history lessons – so many, many years ago when we learned about 'Fiefdom' and how large landowners worked peasants to near death for pennies – barely kept them alive, while the owners enjoyed their wealth. I think there is a cliché (my writing teacher from many moons ago would cringe at the mention of cliche), but sometimes – it applies; “Getting ahead on someone else's back”!
Why not cut a few paid travel trips...a few dinners on the govt tab, etc. Where is reality in this decision-making?
It reminds me of the light bulb “movement”. Yes – I know there is energy-saving in the long run. But have the CEO's at Walmart and Chase Manhattan Bank...Wells Fargo...made “energy changes” in their everyday living? Have they decided to ride their bicycles instead of their larger vehicles and yes – airplanes & helicopters? How much are these folks 'changing' their energy usage “for the cause”?
But I digress. The real question here is – what do YOU think about this possibility? It ALWAYS feels good to plead the case of the “many people abusing the system”; JUDGING, is always so self-satisfying.... And - of course – it is true, there certainly are many people doing that. Yet...how big a ratio are they - of the entire group in need?
Is this yet another ploy where the majority have to pay for the crimes of a few? Indeed – FIX the problem areas; monitor the abuse and change it!
It USED to be in this country that we were ruled BY THE MAJORITY.
-Think about that.
-Do your research.
-Find out which congress people/Senators/President....treat us this manner---and VOTE THEM OUT.
Are we not still...a rule 'of the people, by the people...for the people'?