Mak, 31, grew up in Westchester, graduated from the University of Chicago and toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else.
But food stamps are for those with a low income, yes? I would disagree with the notion that one should be purchasing outlandishly-priced cookware if they are currently unable to provide food for themselves or their family without assistance.
smackfu: Isn't this a big problem in countries with better social services than the US?
three blind mice: Idea of course is to not stigmatize poor people - which is the subtext of the FPP - why is "she" spending money on that? No one asks that question here.
So yeah, it's probably a "big problem," but no one knows it's a problem so it's not a problem.
Let him move to Dallas and show a few months of worn shoe-leather hustling to get one of the jobs guys with 12 words of English and a primary school education from Fujian or Michoacan are happy to have, and maybe there's a conversation to have about getting him on welfare.
Yea and you see Mexicans risking life and limb to cross the desert for those jobs.
I think the larger point is maybe Americans in general do feal a lttle entitled, you see it in different demographics with all the job losses and the general anger thats going around.
its idiotic for people to move where job prospects are better?
Perhaps time for a little review of American history.
"How many possessions would a food stamp recipient have? The Federal Government should give them a cardboard box and an hour to pack and bundle them onto a coach for wherever labor is required. Any leftover possessions could be sold off to recover costs (they're not going to need a ukulele or fixed-gear bike when they're sewing mailbags in Alabama or whatever), or seized as evidence of welfare fraud (why the hell do they own a MacBook Pro or a Le Creuset pot?)."
England, Arkansas, January 3, 1931. The long drought that ruined hundreds of Arkansas farms last summer had a dramatic sequel late today when some 500 farmers, most of them white men and many of them armed, marched on the business section of this town. . . . Shouting that they must have food for themselves and their families, the invaders announced their intention to take it from the stores unless it were provided from some other source without cost.
Chicago, April 1, 1932. Five hundred school children, most with haggard faces and in tattered clothes, paraded through Chicago's downtown section to the Board of Education offices to demand that the school system provide them with food.
Boston, June 3, 1932. Twenty-five hungry children raided a buffet lunch set up for Spanish War veterans during a Boston parade. Two automobile-loads of police were called to drive them away.
New York, January 21, 1933. Several hundred jobless surrounded a restaurant just off Union Square today demanding they be fed without charge. . . .
I'd say about half of my friends are on food stamps, and all the better for it. I only made about 2000 dollars last year and I would have had a very difficult time surviving without the stamps. Many of my friends are in the same boat. We're all minimally employed, work is hard to come by, but rent is extremely cheap due to most of us living in wacky situations [12 roommates, no heat, middle of abandoned slums etc].
This really isn't true of poetry, by the way.
I've said this already, and I'll probably end up repeating it before I get sick of this thread and wander off, disgusted - Why do all you compassionate souls defend hipster welfare fraud while real people live in abject squalor? More than one of you has said it - "If they can eat well on 150 a month, more power to them", or "Wow, wish I'd thought of that as a poor college student". No, no, FUCK no. YOU embody the problem, all while feigning compassion and writing me off as a troll.
Well, I feel better that you don't "get" my points, knowing that you can't remember the context between one short sentence and the next. Here, let me quote myself: "Sorry, which universe did you just come from again? In this one, entropy increases over time."
Sorry, which universe did you just come from again?
In this one, entropy increases over time. You have to constantly add energy into the system just to keep your ground.
We, as humans, occupy a very fortunate place, the top of the food chain on this damned hostile ball of mud and disease and other predators watching our every weakness. We got here by doing what we do best - We kill, cheat, steal, and consume better than anything else we compete with.
For the first time, and unique among large states, California will soon spend more on its prisons than on its public universities. It has been projected that over the next five years, the state's budget for locking up people will rise by 9 percent annually, compared with its spending on higher education, which will rise only by 5 percent. By the 2012-2013 fiscal year, $15.4 billion will be spent on incarcerating Californians, as compared with $15.3 billion spent on educating them. Yet, despite this historic increase in prison funding, leading legislators -- including supporters of the increase -- and even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office agree that this is simply throwing good money after bad, given the rank mismanagement plaguing California's corrections system.
Between April 1, 2000, and June 30, 2007, an average of 3,247 more Americans moved out of California than into it every week, according to the Census Bureau.
In America we have this weird obsession with tying self-worth to your career.
the day of stable careers is over. It's not coming back. Why? Mostly because America loves the entrepreneurial spirit.
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