Intelligent Christian Lady

Sep 18

creepyold-kit-hands:

coelasquid:

throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

Okay, but let’s talk for a second about how that one lady called turkey “big chicken”

You can’t even buy all food with food stamps. You just… you flat-out can’t buy “food that will be eaten in the store/any food sold for on-premises consumption” or any “hot foods” with food stamps—meaning you can’t buy anything hot, you can’t buy anything that gets blended together, you can’t buy anything “pre-prepared,” in most cases you can’t use your EBT card at restaurants. You literally CANNOT purchase a milkshake with food stamps, because it’s considered “sold for on-premises consumption” (which was ridiculous at the place I worked, because the customer had to mix their own milkshake themself with a little machine we provided them, and several people got upset—rightfully so, I think—that it wasn’t covered under food stamps, because they often only found out at the register after already mixing it, often as a treat for their kids). You literally can’t walk into a gas station, grab one of those hot dogs off their grills/out of the little heated food area, and buy it with food stamps, because it’s hot.

And when I say “can’t,” I don’t mean “if the cashier notices you trying and cares enough to stop you, they’ll refuse to do it for you.” I mean “it is actually impossible to do this.” I’m not even sure these people who disseminate false information about food stamps have paid any attention at all when buying things at the store, because what happens is: We scan in the customer’s items, into our computer. The computer has specific codes for the items and rules for what it will let you pay for things with. We scan the customer’s EBT card, and it tells us exactly how much of that price total can be paid for via EBT, and it will not include anything that isn’t food, and it will not include anything considered “pre-prepared” food. It does this automatically AND THERE IS NO OVERRIDE FOR IT. If our machines say that you can’t use the EBT card to pay for something, there is literally nothing we can do to change that, even if we WANTED to.

So no. You can’t buy iPads or cigarettes with food stamps. You can’t withdraw money from casinos or anywhere else with food stamps. You can’t buy dog food with food stamps; sometimes you can’t even buy people food with food stamps. I’m not even sure if you can buy “the big chicken legs” at Disney with food stamps; remember, you can’t buy “any food sold for on-premises consumption” OR any hot foods, and that’s both.

Literally the only thing these fearmongers listed that you can actually purchase with food stamps even if you are in goddamn cahoots with the evil liberal cashier or store manager is soda, and the judgement against people buying that with food stamps is classist fuckwittery at its finest.

So, as always, Fox News is actually flat-out lying, and hateful conservatives both don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t give a fuck about people going through shit that they will never have to go through themselves, and that they in fact don’t have even the tiniest clue about (not even via five seconds’ research; a list of things that can’t be purchased with food stamps is on the Food and Nutrition Services website) but still think they should spout off about to their TV audience anyway.

Please read this. Click on the link in the last sentence, see the truth, don’t believe the lies.

(via rob-anybody)



More on the minimum wage

Here’s a thought (with thanks to TexasBill over at DailyKos). If the minimum wage were raised, one paycheck might support a couple, or a family.

So one person would quit their job to stay home with the kids. But the job they were doing would still need to be done.

So a jobless person could take that job and start earning enough to support a couple, or a family.

And more people would have more money to spend.

More consumers spending more money = economic growth.



Sep 17
Are those counties in states that have refused Medicaid expansion? Just a guess…

Are those counties in states that have refused Medicaid expansion? Just a guess…


Sep 16
Just to belabor the point of the previous poster a bit.

Just to belabor the point of the previous poster a bit.



War is peace? Freedom is slavery?

War is peace? Freedom is slavery?


Sep 14
You are registered, of course. Please find someone who isn’t and help them register.

You are registered, of course. Please find someone who isn’t and help them register.


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Sep 8
Racism in the US judicial system.
Source: addictinginfo.org

Racism in the US judicial system.

Source: addictinginfo.org


If you don’t like it, can’t you just let it rest?

Mothers against drunk drivers,
The Pope is against the pill,
The union’s against the workers
Working against their will.
The President’s against the Congress,
The Senate is against the House,
People are against politicians,
And I’m against cats in the house.

But I’m for love, and I’m for happiness,
And I’m for “if you don’t like it, can’t you just let it rest?”
And I’m for turning off the music; turning down the lights,
‘Cause I’m for nothing else but you and me tonight.

The cities against the counties,
The counties against the state,
The state is against the government,
And the highways still ain’t paved.
The banker’s against the farmer,
The farmer’s against the wall,
Doctor’s against me smoking,
And the devil is against us all.

But I’m for love, and I’m for happiness,
And I’m for “if you don’t like it, can’t you just let it rest?”
And I’m for turning off the music; turning down the lights,
‘Cause I’m for nothing else but you and me tonight.

The cops are against the robbers,
The laws are against the cops,
Justice is against the system,
And some people are blowing their tops.
The horse is against the automobile,
The bus is against the train,
The train is against the jumbo jet,
And I’m against fishing in the rain

But I’m for love, and I’m for happiness,
And I’m for “if you don’t like it, can’t you just let it rest?”
And I’m for turning off the music; turning down the lights,
‘Cause I’m for nothing else but you and me tonight.

Hey, I’m for love, I’m all for happiness,
And I’m for not looking for something to make us mad.
I’m all for turning off the music; turning down the lights,
And I’m for nothing else but you and me tonight.


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