Hi, all!! I know it been a long while but I have been trying to think of a good topic to write about. I hope this is a good one. This particular post has been on my mind for awhile. One thing that irritates me is how people judge and dictate so harshly to those living in low income families. Those who live middle class or above at some point thought it was their place to tell those who can barely make it how they should live, how they should spend their money, and what they can have and not have. Now I do not condone living beyond your means. But let's be honest, those who are considered middle class spend their money on useless things all the time (full price name brand clothes, multiple flat screen TVs throughout the house, breast implants). Low-income families deserve the pleasures of having things also even if they are not necessary, right?
I'll give you an example. Some people feel that low-income people should not have cable. Cable is not a necessity. You do not need it to eat, to live, for shelter, or to have clothing. So those who are barely making ends meet certainly should not have it. Well, those who are low-income do not need alcohol or drugs but they choose to consume them because it eases the stress (if only for a little while) of their problems. Some people use TV for the same purpose. I don't know about you but I rather someone who is having financial problems use Full House reruns as a stress reliever than a bottle of Captain Morgan.
If you have not been keeping up with the latest on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) news, there might be new restrictions on what recipients of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) can buy. As of right now they can not buy alcohol, some prepared food items, and items for the house like detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. But the new restrictions would stop them from purchasing sodas and some high calorie foods. For those of you that know me know that I studied nutrition in school and so I know it's important to make sure children are getting properly fed. But why is that low-income families have to stick to a strict diet and those who can buy their own can eat whatever they want. All people need to eat better, not just those that are low-income. Sodas, candy bars, and chips are okay if it is in moderation, as with any food. The problem is not the Snikers or the Doritas, the problem is making them a regular part of your diet. The kids of low-income families deserve a treat once in awhile too. Parents (of all incomes) just need to watch how much of these treats their children consume.
People who judge those on Food Stamps (SNAP, I'm using the term Food Stamp because that is what it is most known as) or any other assistance programs really needs to educate themselves first. A lot of people do not know that Food Stamps is an entitlement program, like social security. Their tax dollars pay into that program [Food Stamps] just like social security so when they are found eligible, they are entitled to those benefits. A great deal of the people on Food Stamps work. Unfortunately, they do not make enough money to buy food and meet other financial obligations. So they are not just "living off the system" because the Food Stamps program does require them to register for work.
It burns my blood when I see low-income families getting jumped on so harshly by others. They are just trying to do the best they can to make their household as close to comfortable as possible. If that means treating their kids to a candy bar and chips every once in awhile and having cable then so be it. They have the same right to bring some extra happiness into their homes as anyone else.