And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch. One in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.
He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the Left does not understand.By
Paul Ryan shames kids from low-income families who get free lunches.by suggesting that their families don’t care for them.
I can’t. It’s just.. so IGNORANT and fucking BLIND.
The Republicans have been after the mythological “Welfare Queen” since Reagan made that up in the mid Seventies when he was running for President. To go after the most vulnerable and defenseless of our fellow Americans is utterly cruel.
Here’s some real facts instead-
- 76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83% of all SNAP benefits.
- SNAP eligibility is limited to households with gross income of no more than 130% of the federal poverty guideline, but the majority of households have income well below the maximum: 83% of SNAP households have gross income at or below 100% of the poverty guideline ($19,530 for a family of 3 in 2013), and these households receive about 91% of all benefits. 61% of SNAP households have gross income at or below 75% of the poverty guideline ($14,648 for a family of 3 in 2013).
- The average SNAP household has a gross monthly income of $744; net monthly income of $338 after the standard deduction and, for certain households, deductions for child care, medical expenses, and shelter costs; and countable resources of $331, such as a bank account.