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This seems backwards to me

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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My family is on food stamps because my husband is a student. Factoring in the food stamps, grants and student loans, we thought he'd be able to focus on his school and avoid having to work at the same time until he was done his degree at the end of the year. (I can't work, so that's not an option, unfortunately.)

I just got off the phone with DSHS and she told me that they didn't know he was a student (which is completely false considering we've always told them that our "income" is student loans) and that he no longer qualifies for public assistance. I asked her to explain and she said that because he is a student, he doesn't qualify. I said, "So if he were simply unemployed and sitting at home doing nothing, you'd give him food money, but because he's going to school and working towards bettering our situation, he gets no help?" 

She was nice and everything, but basically said "Yes, that's federal law. I'm sorry."

Is it just me, or shouldn't we be MORE willing to help those who are trying to help themselves instead of cutting them off and giving all the money to the people sitting around doing nothing? 

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peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

yep, but sadly that is the way the system works

SterlingHeart
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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send 2 letters a week to Obama 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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Class warfare at its best.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

That sucks. Can I ask why you can't work?

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM
That really sucks.
xtwistedxlovex
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM
That's strange. In MI they even have a program to help unemployed people with job training.
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Elyce225
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM
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You shouldn't have had children until you could afford them, it's that simple.  It's his decision to go to school and not to work. 

I don't think food stamps should be given to those who don't work, your family does fall into that category though.  Going to school (even though I understand it is to better yourself) is technically not working.  Why should you be the exception?

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM
I'm having the same issue with my taxes. I don't qualify for the daycare credit nor the dependent credit, at all. Out of all I was supposed to get (like $3k-$8k), I'm getting $1500.

Stupid of me to complain, yes but because I'm a student, I don't qualify for money that others get for sitting on their ass and living off the government. I think that is what pisses me off the most. I'm thankful for what I do get back but it seems like bullshit. I'm trying to better myself and make a better life for me and DS but it feels like I'm being punished for it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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Who said she couldn't afford children when she has them? People fall on tough times after they have children and need help.


Quoting Elyce225:

You shouldn't have had children until you could afford them, it's that simple.  It's his decision to go to school and not to work. 

I don't think food stamps should be given to those who don't work, your family does fall into that category though.  Going to school (even though I understand it is to better yourself) is technically not working.  Why should you be the exception?

Zacksmama82411
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Socialism at it's best... Help the "poor" and not the working class. We make "too much" to qualify for help, and never go out, buy anything or have vacations, etc.. yet my sister, who is a single mom, gets all the help she wants, and goes out every week... Funny how the system works, huh?

oh and for the first 2 years of DNs (dear nephew) life, she was a SAHM living off the system. (Unemployment, foodstamps, etc. AND my parents paid her rent.)

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