Grocery Cart Gestapo

In Charles Dickens’ England the poor were put in poorhouses. In America today the poor are in mansions, driving new Cadillac’s, buying champagne, lobster and partying at strip clubs. Well, the American poor are only doing these things in the minds of conservative politicians. The poor aren’t really buying lobster and champagne but conservative politicians want you to buy these lies. Someone who bought the lies wrote a letter to the editor at the Warren Tribune last Sunday. Her name was Jeri Karr and she was complaining that while at the grocery store she saw the people in front of her use food stamps (Ohio Direction Card). She was angry that they bought two big bags of  brand-name potato chips. She was further outraged that they used cash to buy a lottery ticket. Truth is poor people using food stamps have a better shot at winning the lottery than they do of getting any sympathy, compassion or a prayer from ‘good Christians” like Jeri. Jeri and misguided people like her have become the “Grocery Cart Gestapo.” Jeri ended her attack on the poor saying, “What a world we live in.”

I couldn’t agree more with Jeri about the strange world we live in. We live in a world where we pick on someone for buying potato chips on our tax dollars while we support and patronize someone who steals a billion. I’m talking about the Walton family of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club fame who over the years have collected $1 billion in taxpayer dollars in the form of corporate welfare. Yet, millions of the Jeri’s of the world who trash those on welfare have no problem shopping in a store that is the biggest welfare queen on the planet. I won’t even get into how you shouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club because they are on the wrong side of every social justice issue on the planet. What a world we live in when people scream because someone on assistance bought a lottery ticket and yet two-thirds of US corporations pay no Federal Income Tax. They don’t pay because they have hit the lottery by having lobbyist who write the tax laws for the politician that the corporations own. In 2010 GE earned $14.2 billion in profits but paid not a penny in taxes. In fact, GE got a $3.2 billion tax benefit. Yet, in the world we live in I’m suppose to ignore that and bash someone on public assistance for buying cigarettes.

The Republican Party of civil liberties and less government wants to ensure in the world we live in that all government assistance is spent on the “right” things. The things that those on the on the right want money spent on are; corporate welfare, defense contractors, tax cuts for the rich, taking care of oil companies and more foreign wars. In the world we live in Wall Street wants the government to keep their nose out of Wall Street’s business. Yet, when Wall Street crashed because of their greed Wall Street put their hand out for the government to bail them out. I didn’t notice the GOP objecting to the greedy corporations and banks using bailout money to pay large bonuses and vacations to the executives who destroyed their businesses. But we live in a world where hands outs are for the truly greedy not the truly needy. In the world we live in we take care of the CEO’s and blame their victims.

In the world we live in we give bonus money to failed CEO’s and make the poor take piss tests for public assistance. Florida spent $45 testing each welfare recipient for drugs. If they failed the test they had to pay the $45. Testing showed 2% of test takers flunked the test. For a puny 2% Florida has wasted time, money, resources and personnel. Yet in the world we live in 23 other states have rushed to establish such testing. Why?  It’s because in the world we live in bashing the poor sells to the Jeri types of the world. In the world we live in it makes the Jeri’s feel powerful, because they have someone to look down on like the poor. They like being able to feel disdain for the poor. That way in the world we live in the Jeri’s won’t feel the hand of the 1% up their anuses controlling them like the puppets they are. Does it really help the Jeri’s feel better to blame those who need the most help? The corporations and the think tanks and the media they own hate competition for tax dollars. In the world we live in corporations think of social welfare dollars being spent on the poor as dollars stolen out of their corporate welfare fund.

Don’t you think that if those on public assistance were driving new Cadillac’s that the 1%ers would all own Cadillac dealerships? Especially when their goal is to move everyone in the middle-class to the poor class. The world we live in would be a better place if the Jeri’s of the world would take some time off of “Grocery Cart Gestapo” duty and volunteer at food pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens and find out the truth about poverty. If we would quit being controlled by the greedy and help pull up the needy what a great world we would live in!

An example of the way GOP politicians spread hate for those on welfare.

The Decemberists: This is Why We Fight

Down by the Water

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. ~ plato



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6 responses to “Grocery Cart Gestapo

  1. V.K. Mattie

    bravo, well said

  2. elecpencil

    Thanks for reading and your comment!

  3. Sue

    Thanks Jim. I read Jeri’s letter last week and I am hoping someone responds to her “observations”. Well-said.

  4. elecpencil

    Sue~ Thanks for the comment. I think people need to stand up to the Jeri’s of the world. I’m afraid if people don’t stand up to those who would bash the poor they will assume we agree with them.

  5. Anonymous

    Jim, thanks for all these above articles which show your deep faith and feelings for those who’s lives are pushed under the rug. Keep up your good works, God truly is on your side. JJ

  6. elecpencil

    Thanks JJ. Lots of stuff gets buried under those rugs.

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