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    Do I have kids or did I read it in a thread?
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    2 lg cans refried beans 2.00 4 loaves bread 2.00 10lbs potatoes 1.99 2lbs margarine 1.00 3lbs onions 1.89 1 dozen eggs 0.79 5 1lb pkg frozen veggies 4.45 1 jar low-fat mayo 0.99 1lb decaf coffee 1.89 1 lg jar creamer 1.89 1lb sugar
  2. I must take issue with this statement. I know from my own personal experience in life that to buy the food I need to keep healthy costs an average of $95/week. That's just for me. To buy the food that causes obesity and other problems costs an average $40/week. That's for both me and my husband.
  3. To me this is very much like the issue of 'assisted suicide'. If someone is at the point of suicide, can that someone make their own choice about having assistance in committing suicide? Isn't assisting suicide really murder? Suicide is something one does to one's self. Having help is not suicide. Is it? It is a mental defect to continue damaging one's self. No matter the reason.
  4. To me there is a problem with the question here. If someone has made such terrible choices in their lives, there is a reason. Until that reason is addressed, the person will never make better choices. But if someone has deteriorated to the point of never being able to hold a job and/or care for themselves, and they continue in their bad choices with no desire to make better choices, therein lies the answer to your question. What person of sound mind and body would actively choose to be like this?
  5. She isn't complaining. She isn't blaming. If what I have posted here makes her look like she is complaining and blaming, then I have done her a great disservice. All I was trying to do was respond to Bowtwi's original post by explaining the life of one woman who was in nearly exactly the same situations Bowtwi had described. Again, if I have painted her as complaining and blaming, I have done her a great disservice. Trust me, she fully understands how she's screwed up her own life. Nobody needs tell her.
  6. I believe this is exactly what is happening with this woman. She really doesn't want SSD. She doesn't want to leave her husband. She doesn't want anybody to do anything for her except to leave her alone. I felt sorry for her once upon a time. Now I know that she has most likely made an active choice to give up. That is her right. Her husband supports her with his income for which he works. She refuses any assistance from her church, food banks, and such. Nobody but her husband is bearing her burden. Other than her husband, nobody else has any right to say anything about her choices. I th
  7. Look, if anybody knows anything specific I can do to help this woman, I would love the information. Beyond that, she is in the hands of professionals.
  8. Maybe you just do nothing. Maybe you just pray. Maybe you complain about it. Maybe there is nothing that can be done. Whatever the answer, it's a personal answer that is not solved by public anything. That's been proven over and over and over again.
  9. Please find the applicable laws for Kansas and Missouri and post that information here. It would help this woman tremendously and I would be glad to pass the information on to her. Shelters are not obligated to provide for special dietary needs. Again, please post the pertinent laws and I will pass on the information. She was sent to the shelter from the hospital...by hospital social workers and her case manager...who are the resources the shelter would turn to. Again, find the pertinent laws and I will pass on the information. In your mind. Your knowledge is limited. As I said, she was
  10. Everything I could think of. Yes. There was (and may still be) an investigation (see above). How it turned out is a legal situation that is not something the public is privy to. From where I stand in this situation, I could not believe that the woman was not helped. Not as a result of my call, but as a result of actions taken or not taken to 'assist' her. I was quite detailed in my post, so maybe you will find your answers by reading it again. Bow, think about this. She was out on the streets and unable to walk very far. I put in an emoticon to indicate that being a tongue-in-cheek re
  11. And Food Stamps are not a Welfare/Entitlement program. They are a farm subsidy program under the USDA. http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/
  12. Can you just imagine what it would do if when people applied for public assistance they were first handed a skills checkoff list and second be informed that their benefits would be equivalent to hours worked at minimum wage? And what about day care and transportation? Uh...have a daycare center at the public assistance offices...then hire applicants/recipients to staff it. Those applicants/recipients with vehicles would be required to transport x number of applicants/recipients without vehicles. Gawd. Somebody wound me up... What about clothes? What about hygiene? Partner with thrift shops
  13. It is often a rob Peter to pay Paul thing. If they hired more workers to check out applicants/recipients, the money is still being spent. Probably more. The best and most effective programs are those that require a return. As has been brought up, WPA was a great program. It built this nation's highway system, many of the schools, bridges, public buildings etc. Is it slavery? NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!! How does one get slavery out of people being paid to work????? And government benefits work out to be far more than minimum wage jobs with no benefits. What I don't get is the complaint that there
  14. This discussion may be helped along by some actual facts of the US Budget 2007. If the discussion is about 'government' money, the availability of assistance based solely upon an addiction has been slowly reduced to where, in many states, getting any state assistance is next to impossible...based solely upon an addiction...and getting SSI/SSD is no longer available...based solely upon an addiction. Government spending in this area is one thing we, the people, can do something about...because the politicians like smokescreen issues when other issues are too hot to handle, so if it's governmen
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