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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Our representatives are just completely out of touch with reality. The Republican-led House of Representatives recently voted to strip the food stamp budget.
This is an expense that pales in comparison to corporate tax breaks and subsides. The idea that our government is being run dry by the lazy poor people looking for handouts is a popular one for the elitists in Congress.
Leading this charge is our government-dependent Rep. Bob Goodlatte.
Let me give Goodlatte a little perspective.
I was one of four kids being raised by a single mother. We were abandoned by our father, who, after returning from multiple tours of duty in Vietnam, badly needed mental health care but did not get any from the government he served. My mother worked two, sometimes three, jobs to keep a home for us. She did whatever she could to keep us from having to get government assistance. We went hungry often; I remember well traveling the alleys looking for glass bottles to recycle with my siblings just so we could scrape together enough money to buy food. My mother finally did give in and apply for food assistance.
I remember the feeling of shame and embarrassment at the grocery store when other customers would stare or make comments. When you’re a young child, it hurts when you feel you are less than others just because of your circumstances. However, the embarrassment and shame did not hurt as much as the severe hunger pains, something I will never forget.
Contrary to what people like Goodlatte say or think, most people using food stamps are not freeloading. They are hard-working people who sacrifice much to support their families. They are kids who, at no fault of their own, are trapped in hopeless situations. My siblings and I were these people. We were lucky. We worked doing odd jobs until we could legally work. We have worked ever since, paying more than our fair share of taxes, supporting our families and giving back to others.
My question to Goodlatte is, how can you talk of people who freeload off the government, when you have been freeloading for 20 years? By my calculations, you have made $3 million off the taxpayers of this country. This is just from your salary. Who knows how much you have collected from other perks, such as travel and daily allowances? You and your ilk are what is wrong with this country, not the hard-working people you claim to represent.
I ask you to look deep inside and see what you are doing to the children in this country who need our help. The Republican Party is so concerned about unborn children, but could not care less about the ones who are already born. So when you take that look inside, I am sure you will find only the hand of the billionaires who control you.
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