Our skewed welfare system
Posted by tim in Politics on May 18, 2008

Warning: This entry may contain some content bound to stir up various opposing views. I don't intend for this topic to spark any discussion - I just need to vent - but if you feel the need to comment, please do so in a civil manner. I reserve the right to disable new comments or posted comments at any point in time.

So tonight I went to Wal-Mart to get some groceries. I walked up to the checkout and stood in line behind a hispanic couple. After about 90 seconds of standing there, I noticed something: They split their order up and were paying for certain parts with food stamps. The cashier found that one of the items was not listed on the "allowed" list, and attempted to instruct the man accordingly. After she got it across to him that he had to pick a different item, the man went and exchanged the item while his wife stood in line and took care of the remaining 3 orders, signing the food stamps accordingly.

As the man came back, the last order was being scanned. When it came time to pay for this final order, he removed his swollen wallet from his pocket and paid with a $50 bill. As I was standing there waiting, I noticed that his wallet was full of 50's.

This made me so incredibly angry for several reasons, not the least of which being he was fully capable of paying for his orders, mine, and the 2 people with overflowing carts behind me, without the need for food stamps. So why in the world am I paying taxes to cover the other two-thirds of his order, when he is clearly earning enough cash somehow to pay for it himself?

Okay, okay... You're thinking now that this is probably an atypical case, and that he was just paying with his tax refund check, yadda yadda. I'll grant you that. However, this isn't the first time I have seen this; I have also worked with these hispanics, and I know how they're paid. It's a matter of the boss pulling a wad of cash out of the drawer, handing it to the worker, and marking it in the books as a "miscellaneous expense".

Why do we allow this? Am I the only one worked up by it? What right do these immigrants have to collect food stamps and feed off our hard work to be able to eat? Why can't they take their own earnings and live like most everyone else, from paycheck to paycheck and making sacrifices? Do they not know better? Is there not a system in place to check up on them after they get situated and employed?

It's just so frustrating to me, that I have to pay another $100 on my taxes, yet these people are exploiting the system in such a manner.


Interesting. I don't know how it works over there but I guess food stamps are given to people on "lower income".

In the UK, we have a system where you can grass up benefit cheats.

  • Posted by Matt (Guest) on May 19, 2008 at 03:02:44AM

Let me suggest another point of view. I think you're too used to using credit cards. When you see his pile of money you assume that that is what he can spend on a daily basis. Consider this: Obviously he probably got paid for working "under the table". in cash, as you wrote. But also consider that he might live in a ghetto where breaking and enterring is part of the everyday life. Which means he might not be able to leave his money at home, since they just might be gone the next day. And he can't really open up a bank account either. Conclusion: Those 50's might very well be all his savings that he felt the need to carry around where ever he goes. That way he can at least keep an eye on his money.

  • Posted by nitro2k01 (Guest) on May 20, 2008 at 07:34:57AM
Add a comment