Originally Posted by Poppy
You claim to help people during natural disasters - and I honestly believe that you do, not questioning that. But what are your criteria? Do you help people simply because they need help, or do you have a litmus test? Would you help someone who was on welfare get out of a ditch? Would you help a homosexual?
Litmus test? no. at this point I dont bother asking, Im on a call group for natural disasters and severe weather. I get a call and I go. its very simple. In snowstorms that shut the roads I make runs for the hospital, It might be driving doctors and nurses to the hospital (not as worried about them getting back home) I might be bringing needed medications to people that cant get out.
Im sure in my years doing this, I have transported gays, Im sure I have brought medications to those on assistance. and, I pull nobody out of ditches anymore, I will give them a ride to the nearest gas station or fire house or whatever, but I dont pull them. the reason is that if they are so lame that they cant keep their car on the road, everyone might be safer if they just stayed off the road in the first place.
Now, I do this because I want to, not because I have to. The first time the state or county calls and says, we see you have a vehicle registered in your name that can do this, and they try to demand I go, at that point, my truck shuts down and I dont run it unless its for my personal benefit. Do you see the difference here?
Since I live with someone who gets assistance, I can pretty much assure you that Lexus vehicles are not in the budget.
Flat screen TVs, however, are really not all that expensive these days, and there are many cheap ones on Craigslist, so I'm not so sure that they should be disqualifying. And as far as state paid for cell phones, that's something that congress passsed a long time ago, and we all contribute toward - so the service may as well be used or the proceeds will go to the cell phone companies, who really don't need them. Believe me, the minutes are very limited and they are not offering smartphones. But cell phones are much more affordable than home lines. We haven't got one for Kelly yet, as we're not sure she will be able to use it, but it's an option we will consider. It would be nice, since her ability to communication is limited, for her to have a cell phone for us to track her in malls and stores.
I have a feeling that what you/your daughter receives for benefits, falls way short of what she would be getting if she was a healthy mother of 10 that felt free money was better than earned money.
Personally, I would seriously like to see those checks reversed. Let the one that can work but wont get your daughters assistance, and let your daughter get theirs.