Don’t Call Me That – this ones for Bernie

YOU KNOW HOW certain things people say stick in your mind. Often, it’s a hurtful insult. But for me, the words I can’t forget are, “You’re wealthy.”

I live in a 90-year-old house on a small lot, my wife’s car is 12 years old, our television is 10 years old and the last time I bought a new suit was a dozen years ago. Okay, it’s true, I don’t wear suits very often these days. Still, until someone uttered those two words to me, I’d never thought of myself as wealthy. But the data shows I am. Who knew?

I guess it’s easy to lose perspective. Sometimes, I hear my wife say to a friend, “Why don’t you just buy it?” or “Why not come with us on a cruise?” I cringe, because I know many of her friends aren’t wealthy.

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Source: Don’t Call Me That – HumbleDollar

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  1. There’s a career path that permeates our society called “victimization”…blaming others i.e. ethnicity, gender, orientation is the tool to receive lifetime taxpayer funded benefits…earning these benefits is for suckers that don’t play the “victimization” game !

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    1. Mik – I do not understand why you and many people think that government welfare programs are so great, or that these so called benefits are many thousands of dollars per year for each person that qualifies. My 89 year old mother gets $780 per month SS, $86 pension ( it has been the same amount since age 65) from weiser lock, where she worked for 10 years. She receives $109 food assistance each month and the state of TX pays her Medicare premium. My Dad and Mom raised 6 kids from 1948 until 1975 and were never on any assistance programs, as my Dad said he was not going to take charity. I know we were poor because we lived in a 800 sq ft 3 bedroom house in a low income city in Los Angeles, County CA.

      I live in Montana, in 2016 at age 60 my wife and went to the local welfare office and applied for food assistance, with $1600 per month income we qualified for zero assistance. The lady said we had $50 per month to much income. If we had a higher housing expense like most of the people she sees we would qualify. Or if we had $100 per month in medical expense we would qualify for $15 per month food assistance.
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      My point is these so called lifetime taxpayer benefits are not the great windfall that most people think that they add up to. I think the welfare system should be changed and all benefits should be added to the earned income tax credit, amounts adjusted by income and family size. That way you would save millions of dollars by not having all the local welfare offices. I have always believed that the current welfare system benefits the workers in the system far more than the poor,

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