Fox News Republicans and Libertarians — every once in a while they do something that just ignites this white hot flash of rage in my brain. I can’t help it. The Daily Show had a segment on conservatives getting angry at poor people for buying good food with food stamps; apparently, it would be OK if they had to use their pittance on garbage and rotting offal, but how dare they buy the same kind of fish rich people would buy!
Average food stamp benefits per person are between $125 and $200, depending on what state you live in, so your dietary budget is $4-$7 a day. You can do OK on that; you’ll be eating lots of filling starchy staples, livening up your meals with a bit of fruit or cheap cuts of meat, and if you economize, you can occasionally splurge on something a bit more luxurious than hamburger. But it does not allow the kind of excess these Fox News idiots are getting outraged over.
I grew up in a family on food stamps, and I knew lots of poor people. Nothing focuses the mind on budgetary discipline so much as the fact that if you overspend this week, you will go hungry next week. I trust the poor to be sensible, because the consequences are dire. Yet these rich assholes who blithely spend as much in a single meal at a fancy restaurant as the poor are allotted for an entire month want to micromanage every penny spent by the unemployed and unfortunate, and congress just made massive cuts to the food stamp program. No, poor people, you aren’t allowed to enjoy anything. It’s all their fault they’re poor.
They remind me of that skeevy ratbag, Mr Pink, from Reservoir Dogs (clip NSFW):
It’s a whole network and a whole political party stuffed full of Mr Pinks.
Their indignation at the possibility that the poor might even get to eat lobster now and then also reminded me of the awful Mr Hawkins. There’s another Pink.