I hate to admit it, but it should come as no surprise to anyone who's read this blog for very long that I'm on government food stamps. After all, I can't even afford a computer -- I have to do all my blogging at the library, which is why it often takes so long for me to get to posting comments. Most Americans have recently heard about a large cut in food stamps that took place in November. Sure, there's plenty of money to bail out international banks and send over to Israel, but when it comes to feeding the poor ... well, they don't have a lobby do they?
So I've been having to make do with about $2.30 a day in food stamps since November, and now I just got a thing in the mail that says, "SNAP Benefit Deposit Dates Are Changing in January 2014! In January only, you will receive the first half of your SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) on your current deposit date, and the second half on your new deposit date. Beginning in February, you will receive all your benefits on the new date. Please plan ahead! The new schedule is listed below." And it shows a chart where everyone's deposit date is moved ahead by 10 days.
Um, isn't that just a fancy way to tell us we lost 10 days worth of food? Funny, I never saw this being discussed on TV. Meanwhile, American taxpayers are coughing up $7400 a day for each individual prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, some of which have been on a hunger strike since February. By contrast, I receive about $840 a year to live on food stamps. Not that I'm all that willing to trade places with Shaker Aamer, mind you -- just stating a fact.