Sunday, July 12, 2009
Yesterday, I was talking to a family member who had read my post and just happens to work at Wal-Mart. She was kind enough to pass along a few little details that I was unaware of.
In the state of Pennsylvania, we have a 6% sales tax on everything except food and clothing. Now, when I say food, I'm talking about your basic necessity items. If you want pop, you pay sales tax. That is, unless you get food stamps.
Yes, kids, you read that right. While the government has talked about taxing sugary and unhealthy food and drinks, that's only for the working schmucks. Those with food stamps are exempt from paying sales tax on pop in Pennsylvania. Guess who gets stuck paying that when there's a tax shortfall? Hint: it's not the welfare recipient with the flat-screen plasma TV and blu-ray disc player.
My family member also told me that I really should watch what I say about welfare recipients in front of the cashiers at Wal-Mart (yeah, right). Here in PA, if you are able-bodied and receiving welfare, you are required to work a certain amount of hours. Evidently, some cashiers at Wal-Mart still get welfare. In fact, I was told that one cashier at the store my relative works at is employed full-time, but still gets welfare to the tune of about $600 a month in food stamps. She also said that this cashier is known to throw parties A LOT. Guess who's picking up the food bill for those?
At what point do the honest, hard-working people of this country get a break??? The disdain for the welfare class has grown exponentially because of their entitlement mentality. People are sick and tired of paying for those who have no desire to work for what they want, and the politicians just keep promising more and more to those people for their votes.
I believe that if you are on welfare, you should not be allowed to vote. It's only common sense that they are going to vote for those who promise them more while not requiring anything in return. It's a basic conflict of interest.
Some groups say that the average food stamp recipient only gets approximately $1 per meal per day. BULLS**T!!! That statistic is what the rest of us are forced to make do with! And when they shoot their wad within the first week of getting a fresh supply, what do they do? They go to local food banks and get more free food!!! It really needs to stop.
One question for anyone on welfare who may be reading this (fat chance): What gives you the right to think you have a claim to my money? Get off your high horse, quit whining, and GET A JOB like so many Americans do every day. No jobs you say? There's the "hope and change" you wanted. Deal with it.