This is also true for Michele Bachmann’s campaign funds.
I spend too much time reading the news.
Infographic of the Day: James Fallows writes: “The Chart That Should Accompany All Discussions of the Debt Ceiling: It’s this one, from yesterday’s New York Times…It’s based on data from the Congressional Budget Office and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Its significance is not partisan (who’s “to blame” for the deficit) but intellectual. It demonstrates the utter incoherence of being very concerned about a structural federal deficit but ruling out of consideration the policy that was largest single contributor to that deficit, namely the Bush-era tax cuts.”
It’s also worth noting that the debt ceiling was raised by $4 trillion under Bush without incident, and Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell approved each of the five increases.
She was crying and she said her daughter just had a baby, and her car broke down, and she drove all the way here from Texas, and she needed bus money to Janesville, which is about 30 minutes from here.
And I’m ready for the onslaught of people who want to tell me this is wrong, because she will use the money to buy drugs or alcohol or whatever.
You know what I say to that? Fuck that. I give money to those people. It isn’t my business what they use it for. If I was homeless, or whatever, I’m sure I would want some goddamned alcohol too. So yeah.
ETA: And I’m not trying to imply that I’m a good person, because I’m probably not. But this is how I roll.
if you have it to give, and it was in your heart to, then i say give. who cares what she really uses it for? if you give someone a candle as a b-day present and they never light it, does it diminish from the act of you giving it? not at all.
My response to people who criticize me for giving the homeless because they’ll only spend it on drugs and alcohol is:
WHAT DID YOU THINK I WAS GOING TO SPEND IT ON?
^hahaha, yay, I love witty retorts I can apply to my life!
Early Bird Special: Good morning! The market is on the brink of collapse, Goldman Sachs rules the world, and traders are going to sleep at night dreaming of another recession because they see it as an opportunity to cash in.
Oh, did I say good morning? I meant STOCK UP ON CANNED GOODS morning.
UPDATE: Yes Men: “We’ve never heard of Rastani. He isn’t a Yes Man. He’s a real trader who is, for one reason or another, being more honest than usual.”
When pull of you D&G sun glasses and place them on the top of your head. When you pull up your VS Pink sweatpants and fix your Uggs. When you have a Coach or Luis Vuitton bag that is hanging from your arm. When you tee shirt says Armani Exchange. Then when you pull out your Prada wallet and hand me your food stamps card because it doesn’t swipe correctly.
I AM JUDGING YOU.
You are what is wrong with this world.
This. So much. When I worked at a grocery store, this always pissed me off. Hell. I just posted about it. I’m sorry but if you can afford all that brand shit then you can afford to buy your own food. Now. I understand some people need EBT. But more often than not, the people that came into my line were working the system.
Having been the well dressed person with food stamps? No working the system or fraud was required. Before my divorce I had nice things courtesy of being a two income household. Even then, I shopped at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, & Filene’s Basement because I liked nice things, but I didn’t like high prices. My ex cheated on me & beat me up so I filed for divorce & moved into my own apartment with my son. I lost my job, so I finally used my GI Bill to go to college. Single parenting while a full time student isn’t easy. When my ex stopped paying child support I moved into a cheap apartment in the projects, & I applied for assistance. My son has food allergies, so I continued buying the specific things that he can eat. They’re more expensive than average, but I wasn’t going to risk his health for someone else’s sensibilities. You don’t know our stories from what you see at the register. Don’t pretend you do, just because it makes you feel better about being a bigot.
Assholes who tell you, you don’t deserve nice things or deserve to treat yourself/have someone else treat you to nice things because you’re on foodstamps should shut all the way the fuck up.
THIS. I get my “nice,” sometimes name-brand clothes from free piles, thrift shops, and occasionally as gifts. I wear them because sometimes I am required to. I worked part-time for minimum wage for three years at an expensive preschool in the suburbs, and my boss reprimanded me for wearing a t-shirt and cargo pants (jeans were forbidden) because it wasn’t professional enough. I rode my bicycle to and from because I didn’t have enough money for the driver’s license test, let alone a car, gas, insurance, and repairs. I biked in the trousers I had gotten from Goodwill four years ago, hemmed up, and resewn the buttons back on. I wore them every day. I had about three or four nice button-up shirts that I cycled through each week. It was required that I dressed well for my part-time, minimum wage job.
Stop judging. You have no idea what someone’s life circumstances are. You have no idea why they decided to apply for food stamps.
I’m guessing that you have been lucky enough to not have needed to use food stamps. You probably have also never experienced the humiliation of having to ask your boss to write a letter on your behalf to DHS confirming your pay rate so that you are eligible to receive those food stamps. You probably have not experienced trying to decide which item to put back because your food stamp allocation will not cover everything you were planning to eat that month.
Yes, probably some people apply for food stamps who don’t really need the assistance. But you know what? It’s not fun to apply for food stamps. It’s stressful, frustrating, and confusing. It’s not fun to pull out an EBT card instead of a credit card. It’s embarrassing. I shouldn’t be shamed for needing a little bit of government assistance to eat each month, regardless of what I’m wearing, carrying, or buying.
NEWS FLASH: “Welfare queens” are a myth [perpetuated by the wealthy to make hard working Americans think they’re footing the bill via taxes. See, if the families on food stamps are taking the blame for the country’s shit economy the rich aren’t taking so much heat, and that’s just the way they like it.]
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 75% OF THE COUNTRY DOESN’T EVEN REALIZE THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE ISN’T PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT’S A MOSTLY-PRIVATE FRANKENSTEIN ORGANIZATION UNDER SWAY OF NEW YORK BANKERS THAT REGULATES THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM VIA THE AUTHORITY OF PROFITEERS, AND HIRED THE HEAD OF ENRON’S LOBBYING DIVISION TO HELP KEEP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES FROM POKING THEIR NOSE IN TOO DEEP, BUT WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT, DO WE? WE TRY TO GET MARIJUANA LEGALIZED. GREAT. LEGALIZE IT. I COULD GIVE TWO SHITS. LET THE GAYS GET MARRIED TOO. ONE’S A VICTIMLESS CRIME AND THE OTHER’S A BLATANT CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION THAT SEEMS TO FREQUENTLY BLUR THE LINES BETWEEN THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, BUT WHILE YOU’RE PICKETING FOR THESE THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO FIGURE OUT WHO’S USING THE COUNTRY’S MONEY TO LINE THEIR POCKETS WHILE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE POLICIES FOR WHICH THEY WERE CREATED, NAMELY REDUCING OR ELIMINATING UNEMPLOYMENT, MAINTAINING THE STABILITY OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND CONTAINING SYSTEMIC RISKS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS (GOOD JOB, DICKHEADS!) AS WELL AS STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S POSITION IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. PERFECT THING TO LEAVE TO A BUNCH OF WALL STREET SCUMBAGS. FIXING OR ELIMINATING THE FED IS ABOUT THE ONLY THING IN HISTORY TEA PARTY MORONS AND LEFTIST INTELLECTUALS HAVE EVER AGREED ON, AND THE MAJORITY OF THE VOTING POPULACE DOESN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND IT OR KNOW IT EXISTS.
SOMETIMES I REALLY WISH MY GRANDFATHER WASN’T ON THE DAMNED QUARTER.
Okay, this one is probably my favorite.
*begins slow clap*
“… money is probably the most highly overrated thing in the world from a standpoint of being happy with your life.”
This is probably one of the most privileged statements I have ever heard in my entire goddamn life. How fucking clueless can you be to say something as ignorant as “money is overrated.”
I am trembling with anger from this. Go fuck yourself in the worse possible way you bullshit, irrelevant, incoherent, scum-sucking, murdering, Bush wannabe!
Really? THAT’s what you took from that? Sounds to me like “money isn’t everything.” Believe it or not you can be happy without money. That’s an often overlooked fact. I may not like Rick Perry either, but get your head out of your ass once in a while.
Really? Have you ever tried?
Joe’s right—this is the most privileged statement that can be stated. Anyone who says you don’t need money to be happy usually has lots of it.
As much as it’d be nice for love and rainbows to run the world, that’s not the case. If you can’t buy toilet paper, or food, or a warm coat, or a cold beverage, you’re probably not very happy. If you can’t afford to have a broken tooth fixed, if you don’t have clean water to bathe in and drink, if you haven’t seen your family in years because they shipped you off to a “better” country, you’re probably not very happy.
Being happy requires the basic human necessities, which you cannot acquire without money. It is what it is.
Now do yourself a favor and stop listening to Governor Good Hair. It will make your life infinitely better.