Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 12, 2011, 2:53 p.m. EST by anotherone773
from Carlyle, IL
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My g/f and I have been on food stamps for about 2 years. This was do to the collapse of the housing industry collapse as i am a carpenter and then a nasty workmans comp case my g/f went through. We have been trying to get back on our feet.
She has worked since getting hurt and it never affected our food stamps. She just got another job two months ago making less than what she made at her last job. Now our food stamps are being reduced to barely anything.
This is really putting a money wrench in our struggle to get back on our feet. Instead of getting back to a position where we can start getting ahead now we are going to be forced to cut back even more. It was actually more beneficial for her to sit on unemployment and get the full benefits then attempt to get on her feet and support herself. We get penalized for trying to pull ourselves up.
This is the problem you face at the bottom. You get penalized everywhere for being at the bottom. The system works AGAINST poor people which only makes them stay poor longer.
This entire country's economic system is designed so that once you enter the bottom 20% it becomes extremely difficult to get out of it. The entire system works against you.
But then if you are a banker you get a golden parachute and a multi billion dollar bailout as a reward for the disasters you cause and the lives you ruin.
Just for reference, we own our house( as in i have the deed) and we own our vehicles.Our monthly bills including food/clothing/etc. is around $1300-$1400 a month depending on the time of year So its not like we are trying to live high and mighty on the govt dole. Our household income atm is $800/month net.
This is what it is like to be at the bottom. Every time you try to get up someone with a big foot steps on you and pushes you back down. You are constantly stressed and constantly worried about how you are going to overcome even the slightest unforeseen problems that may rise up.
At some point you lose all hope of ever getting ahead and just stop caring anymore and thus trying. This is what is wrong with this country.
I have consider a few times to moving to the UK or Canada where the govt was a bit more friendly to its citizens. I really dont want to leave my native America, but this country has nothing to offer me and takes everything from me. Ironically if i had the money to go and start over i probably wouldnt be as interested in starting over somewhere else as i could more easily pull myself out of the hole i am in thanks to the bankers greed and housing market crash.
Before this recession i was lower middle class and luckily i decided to pay off my loans instead of upgrading like everyone else did.