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Old 09-23-2012, 05:22 AM   #31
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I'd rather spend the money on good quality food ingredients. For heavy computing, I prefer to use a desktop or muscular laptop. In several instances Ive been thankful to still have a land line when more modern modes of communication were down. Many of the Apple fans that I've known seemed to be flakes.
I can see them 20 years down the road wishing they had those dollars they spent on the latest and greatest IT equipment in order to be able to pay for medicine or food for their child.
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Those are the people with the big screen TVs who need to make sure that everyone in the family has a cell phone to go with the food stamps.
I not only get food stamps but a free cell phone. Thank you American taxpayers. As an elderly person, I feel much safer when I leave my home. No I don't have the latest and greatest piece of IT equipment. But then I don't need it. I am happy with and grateful for what I do have. I do have a large screen TV thanks to my children. I certainly could't afford to buy one. Not on the less than $800 I get each month for income.

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I don't like the attitude that seems to be going around that those who need assistance are somehow dishonest cheats! It just seems so hateful. You never know where they get the things that they have, they could have very well been a gift.

My co-worker gets some assistance as a single mom. Her ex-husband (nice guy) let her stay on his cell plan and gives her his old phone when it is time to upgade, so she has a smartphone, but she didn't buy it and her ex-husband pays the bill (they are on one of the old Sprint super cheap plans).
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I not only get food stamps but a free cell phone. Thank you American taxpayers. As an elderly person, I feel much safer when I leave my home. No I don't have the latest and greatest piece of IT equipment. But then I don't need it. I am happy with and grateful for what I do have. I do have a large screen TV thanks to my children. I certainly could't afford to buy one. Not on the less than $800 I get each month for income.

Did you hit a nerve chopper? You sure did.
Didn't mean to hit a nerve with you dear, just those folks that think they need to have the big screen TVs, the greatest new technologies, and still are using the government assistance. I didn't mean anything by it. Just making an observation. You are living within your means, and need the assistance. I truly understand that.
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Didn't mean to hit a nerve with you dear, just those folks that think they need to have the big screen TVs, the greatest new technologies, and still are using the government assistance. I didn't mean anything by it. Just making an observation. You are living within your means, and need the assistance. I truly understand that.
Last month they cut back on the food stamps and monetary assistance. So if they are buying big ticket items, then I have the wrong worker. Also, those mothers with children that have a child one years old, regardless of the child's health, have to find a job or lose all assistance. The cost of looking for that job, comes out of their financial assistance. They just doubled the cost of public transportation. Tell me, would you like to leave your child with a babysitter if they had some debilitating illness?

Tell you what. You take $160 a month for food, and $1,000 for financial needs and try to support yourself and one child for a full month. Pay your rent/mortgage, utility bills, and other items not covered by food stamps. Soap powder, bleach, etc. During that month, your child broke their eye glasses and has a massive infection from a tooth that has a very large cavity. (Kid can't brush because you can't afford toothpaste or even a tooth brush.) No glasses are covered under the MassHealth Plan and there is no dental plan for those on "the dole." Pay for them out of your own pocket. Then at the end of the month, go buy that $700 iPhone that just came out. No, you can't put it on a credit card. You don't have one. Your income is not large enough to qualify you for one. Oh, one more thing. Kill off your spouse and you will get more money from SS based on their earnings. Your child would get a separate check. Then you can get more high tech goodies.
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I don't like the attitude that seems to be going around that those who need assistance are somehow dishonest cheats! It just seems so hateful. You never know where they get the things that they have, they could have very well been a gift.

My co-worker gets some assistance as a single mom. Her ex-husband (nice guy) let her stay on his cell plan and gives her his old phone when it is time to upgade, so she has a smartphone, but she didn't buy it and her ex-husband pays the bill (they are on one of the old Sprint super cheap plans).
If it weren't for my kids, I would never make it to the end of the month. I give $10 every month out of my food stamps to the local food bank at the church just up the street. At the end of last month, more than 30 families went there for food to feed their kids. And these are working families. I wonder how many of them were in line for that $700 iPhone?
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