Many families that I have talked too, while researching this book, play the same kinds of games with their bank as my wife and I sometimes do. To barrow from Peter to pay Paul is no way to get out of debt, yet when you are living paycheck to paycheck, it can be the only way to keep from an Eviction notice or getting a car Repoed. The money to get out of this trap has too come from somewhere.
If you can’t brake the cycle, your food budget become nothing and then you become trapped in the Welfare System or do you? Most states go off of your gross earnings and not how much debt you have. I used to think this method of determining your benefits was stupid, but then I realized that if a person could get so far in debt that he or she could not even feed themselves, that person should probably not be aloud to get help from the tax payer. On the other hand, the same people that make these rules can’t seem to keep or even agree on a national budget. Why should there be a double standard between the people who are said to be the government and the elected representation who sees fit to give themselves a raise on a whim?
Beyond the over extended financial resources, most if not all impoverished families tend to be malnourished. The children who tend to not want to drink water, may refuse to drink anything but soda or artificial juices such as cool-aid or juice boxes. Much of this behavior may be the result of the price differences between soda and more healthy beverages such as milk. A sad reality in America is that food prices are not set by the rule of supply and demand as much as the ability to pay. For example in some states soda-pop is not covered buy the governments assistance programs, so the price of pop is much lower than the price of milk. My wife and I buy tea bags from the bulk foods section. One teabag is good for 3 servings and it helps when we get board with water. We don’t give into the systems game.
The store understand that American parents give into the child’s demands just to shut the brat up, so the lower price is made up by sale volume, the ratio is 5:1. In other words, for every five cases of pop sold, the store may see one carton of milk going out the door. Our economy is adapting to America’s addiction to entitlements and the entitlements are helping feed peoples addictions.
Another disturbing tend on the front line of America’s war against poverty is that in many cases the parents food budgets goes towards alcohol and courgettes because they know that the Taxpayers are happier to feed children than someone’s addiction. In these cases one must question if the Welfare System is really helping anyone! For the past 5 years my wife and I have eaten comfortably on $50.00 a week and no government aid at all. We don’t go to food banks or use food stamps, we just use what we have after we pay our bills. This is a fact that I am proud of.
However, food has been donated to us since we started this blog and for that we are thankful. The donations only go to prove that is the communities help their members, people don’t need to take from the tax payer. My wife and I don’t go to food banks because most of them are government subsidized: therefore taking from a food bank is just putting a middle man in between you and the Welfare System. We will never take from a system that should be abolished!
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