We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A few links, just in case Bird Dog didn’t return in time. I heard he got arrested at Walgreens for developing the TRUE photos of what he’s been doing, or having done to him. Transgender? Does this mean Bird Dog is now Bird Bitch?
Kennedy explained that he needed tutors because he "had spent so much time . . . knowing people who could help him become president that he knew very few . . . who could help him be president." ...Mr. Kempe's point is that Kennedy's indecisiveness in the early stages of the crisis produced the wall itself, an exponential increase in East-West tension, and, in the half-century that followed, other fateful consequences that included the Cuban missile crisis—and, though Mr. Kempe doesn't say so, the Vietnam War, along with social and strategic spores that lodged in the American psyche and darkened world opinion with results yet to be revealed. It also provided, as Mr. Kempe puts it in the final sentence of this mind-shaking work of investigative history, an example "of what unfree systems can impose when free leaders fail to resist."
As long as it's a food item, food stamps will pay for it. What you do with your money, or money substitute, is your business and no one has the right to tell you how to spend your resources. We can hope that people will be sensible.
BTW, having seen the bill of sale I can say with some degree of assurance that the wastrel purchased the items for a party.
Now, if you think lobster is bad, here in California we had people using their food stamp cards to withdraw money at local casinos. They can no longer do that know, though I'm sure there are other ways to cheat the system.
I have seen people purchase $15 cakes with food stamps that could have been made at home for $2-$3. When people on food stamps purchase items that I would not waste my money on, the program needs some trimming.
Give them commodities such as beans and flour. Canned goods and fresh fruit and vegetables.
If they state they lack the intelligence or time to make their own bread, give them $20 to purchase a used bread machine from Craig's List. Any damned fool, myself included, can make a loaf of bread in five minutes with a bread machine.
Unless you want food police at checkout cash registers, live with it. Sure, people buy what might be thought extravagant, but should the gummint make a list of acceptable foods? One semester in college, 1973, my wife and I got food stamps. We paid $40 cash money for $64 in food stamps. Our income was my $300 and a little bit GI Bill. We ate beans and cornbread and other low cost meals and at the end of the month treated ourselves to steak and baked potato. Just like real folks. One shopping trip, a professori from the college, noticing food stamps in my shirt pocket and two steaks in the buggy said, "I want to know how someone on food stamps buys steak." I replied, "For one thing, he goes to school on the GI Bill." That probably placed me in the Socialist-times-two category.
I have a bathtub very much like the one in the picture.
20 some years ago was standing at a farm sale and grumbling that I needed a horse tank. They were selling the bathtub, and the guy next to me raised his hand and bought it. Then he turned to me and said, "You just bought a horse tank for $5.'
The horses are long gone and the tub lays out in the weeds somewhere, and some of the feet are missing.