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Saw this picture on the Facebook machine that a turtle rider took at the West Mountain Street Price Chopper in Worcester:
It’s like they’re begging you to use food stamps on literally the most expensive, luxury food item that a grocery store can sell. This is why people don’t trust the government. Because they rub shit like this in your face. You know who’s not eating lobster tonight or any time soon? The Turtleboy family. Because we’re on a budget, just like lots of other hard working folks. But I’m glad to see that my tax dollars are going to people who will eat better than I will tonight. Because that makes TONS of sense.
The purpose of food stamps and welfare in general is simple – it’s supposed to be a tool that you use to uplift yourself out of poverty and become self sufficient. And I’m all for that. I’m not a laissez-faire guy. I wanna help my fellow man get his or her shit together so they can become a taxpaying contributing member of society.
But this doesn’t uplift people. It encourages them to make poor decisions to which in turn will keep them in poverty. That’s why they made the EBT sticker bright yellow. And quite frankly, if you’re on food stamps, it’s very likely because you’re not known for making smart decisions. Therefore a government that actually gives a shit about helping poor people would put restrictions on what people can spend their food stamps on. No candy, no soda, no cigarettes, no lottery, no cashing it out for real money, and certainly no lobster dinners.
Look, Turtleboy is a bleeding heart at heart. I can’t help but feel for people that are struggling, which makes me inclined to be a democrat. But when I see shit like this it makes my blood boil. And it’s the fact that people like Jim McGovern and Elizabeth Warren REFUSE to admit that there is ANY sort of abuse out there which makes it impossible to support people like them. I’m all for paying more out of pocket in taxes if it means it’s going to be spent efficiently and it will help people rise out of poverty. But the problem is that the government and efficiency are two words that don’t seem to go well together in Massachusetts.
This is the type of comment that ensures that poor people will remain trapped in the cycle of poverty:
It’s pretty simple. If you feel the same way as this commenter, then you don’t like poor people. You want them to remain in poverty so you can win an argument on Facebook. You want them to be dependent on you so they can eat. Because that lobster is only good for one meal. But what will their children do when there’s no breakfast or lunch tomorrow? One of the biggest factors that hinders children from doing well in school is coming to school on an empty stomach. Because thousands of kids in Worcester live in households there was no breakfast that day because they ate lobster last night. And you can’t learn effectively on any empty stomach and a lack of sleep.
And of course the solution to this is more free shit. Free breakfast, free lunch, free after school programs, free dinner. Free everything. Because it’s a million times easier for upper middle class liberal folks to write a check than it is for them to volunteer at a soup kitchen or help people learn how to make smart decisions.
So who is more to blame here – the government or Price Chopper? I say it’s 50/50. The government should be passing laws that put restrictions on what you can and cannot purchase with food stamps. And Price Chopper technically isn’t breaking any laws, but they’re purposely preying on poor people at the taxpayer’s expense. Because what happens when someone comes in and uses a week’s worth of food stamps on one meal? Who suffers? Oh yea, their children. And who pays for it? Oh yea, we do. So basically Price Chopper has no problem profiting off of morons while the taxpayers finance this.
I’ll tell you one thing though – Turtleboy won’t be shopping at Price Chopper until they end this nonsense. We’re not really into the whole boycott thing because it’s such a hippie move. But we wouldn’t be offended if you followed suit and took your business to Market Basket or Big Y.