Living like the poor.....but only for a few days.
Glinda linked to a story today about a store manager humiliating a shopper using food stamps.
This story sparked a little conversation today amongst VOTS members. I have been on food stamps and it's just a humiliating experience. However, without the assistance I'm not sure how I would have taken care of my family. I was working full time and living in a small trailer. Life was quite depressing and very stressful. I hope that I never again find myself sitting in an uninviting government office filling out an application for food stamps. I hope all of you reading never find yourself in that situation. But if you do need them, I hope they are available. We need to make sure programs like that remain available for our brothers and sisters who need help. That's why I was impressed when I read that the Mayor of Phoenix accepted a challenge to live a week only on food he purchased using food stamps.
Well, it's no surprise he lost weight. Food of convenience is fattening while food made from 'scratch' is usually more nutritious but most people today lack even rudimentary cooking skills. The mayor is to be commended for actually following through and living on food stamps for a week. I think that every single politician (from the county level to the White House) should have to spend a week on food stamps. Have you ever been so poor that you took your kids to the county clinic for their school vaccinations? If you have then you know what a pleasant experience that is for you as a parent. Let our politicians walk a few days wearing our shoes and see how quickly they think that these programs need to be eliminated.
Oh, and if you can stomach it read the comments at the end of the story. There are a lot of small minded people out there who think that the poor are merely shiftless and lazy. Being poor is hard work. Being stupid is easy.