I get what the flyer was going for. I know it sounds bad, but it's really more about a familiarity with where you come from. This sort of light treatment of welfare programs has more to do with the culture of lower-income urban people and less about being proud to use welfare. If you're on food stamps, you really can't afford $10-20 door fees at the club, so it's just a little joke about being too broke to hit the club.
Maybe it's in bad taste, I don't find it all that offensive, maybe a little crude. Stereotypical? I don't see that. It's like every other club promotion flyer I've seen.
It's easy to SAY we need to improve eligibility determinations and improve how we differentiate a malingerer from a genuinely disabled depressed/anxious person. Doing it is hardly possible. Too much self-report goes into diagnosis. Claim it, and it is so.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
You know who shouldn't be on SSDI? My mother. She receives $1500 a month in SSDI, plus other government assistance. Why? Because she's done so many drugs for so long that she is no longer capable of doing anything productive, both because of her mental state and her physical ill health. She completely destroy herself, and now the government rewards her every month with money to continue her bad habits and food stamps she can trade off for more drugs, in addition to "free" healthcare that will likely cost all of us thousands upon thousand of dollars (she's already been hospitalized once for almost a month due to a septic bowel since being on medicaid). She's the real abuser, somebody who made choices that destroyed her and now gets to continue that destruction with government approval, essentially.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
It's food stamp Friday. No wonder that black dude in the T-shirt is "raising the roof".
Thank you, Quazi!
It is outrageous if you are looking to be outraged. Fraud and abuse of the system seems to depend on what part of the system you or ours uses. Food stamp cards can get you a small discount at a club, very bad. Disability through Social Security for 'depression' quite alright IF your kin are using it, very bad if they are not.
Probably more accurate is some will scoff at anything food stamp related that reinforces a stereotype they think is true.
Many two income families qualify for food stamp assistance, the food stamp card can't be used inside the club so no tax dollars are used, something 'conservatives' wail about, the 'waste' of tax money on food stamps, so if they were a tad bit truer to their 'beliefs' then if no taxpayer money is being spent who giveza****?
So thinking there is more bias than principled umbrage in this thread.
Hey, you don't have to believe me if you don't want to. I grew up in predominately black neighborhood. The culture is corrosive.
One who makes himself a worm cannot complain when tread upon.
Last edited by Deuce; 04-07-12 at 12:35 PM.
One of you will end up here next!