28.11.09

Food Stamp Misery (AKA -- It's Too Damn Hard)

I was alerted to the piece via e-mail by Celebrity Watchdog George Anthony Watson. He informed me that the North Coast Journal (a publication I have written for before) had a piece on food stamps that was sure to piss me off. It had pissed off others, including Watson, and he hasn't worked there in years.

I won't reprint the piece here out of copyright considerations. But you can read it here.

I was going to write a huge piece on this (and actually did before I deleted it). I figured I had a huge conflict of interest, and may be stepping on toes, since I didn't want to come off as a representative for food stamps. But what can I say? Hyperbole and laziness goes a long way. That's it. I have sympathy for neither. (Soul-crushing should be reserved for things like answering questions on your child's sex life for an assault case, not being at the welfare office. Idiot.)

On a totally unrelated note, I had a wonderful birthday. Saw a movie with my five-year-old and then went to dinner at Liu's. My daughter ordered for me ("he wants the beef extra spicy"), served me my food, and even asked for the check. When I asked if she was going to pay, she seemed shocked. "I have no money!" It was nice. Parts of the day were depressing (didn't hear from my grandmother or sister). But overall, being with my girl was the best way to spend the day. She gave me lots of hugs, kisses and plans for the next birthday. And then she asked if she would get her Christmas presents tomorrow. Gift overload, I guess.

I've got a ton of things to do tomorrow. Too much, actually. Don't really want to go to work Monday (too soul crushing). Back to the grind. And what a grind it is ...

5 comments:

Nikki said...

I agree with you, there are so many things far more "soul-crushing" than getting help from a system designed to help you. A system that, if you've ever worked in your life, you paid into anyway. Soul-crushing? No. Annoying maybe, irritating, daunting, intimidating. Those are words I would use to describe the process. Here, I faced rudeness, cruelty and condescending behavior, but I wouldn't call it soul-crushing. Especially since I have friends dealing with exactly what you described as legitimately "soul-crushing." I am very careful how I throw around terms like that and "worse experience ever" because my gods, there are far, far worse things one can be faced with than dealing with the welfare office.

-Doug Brunell "America's Favorite Son" said...

Like the DMV!

The article, laughable as it was, had a good point or two. Facts were wrong, and at one point the writer encouraged committing perjury!

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i posted a comment to that article. i wanted watson to do it because he's better at being sarcastic but the more i thought about it, the more i felt compelled to respond to it somehow. i was mostly nice--primarily because i was limited to 3000 characters. mrs savage infuriated me though. a whole article based on an experience 10 years ago...didn't even bother to research her decade old info. bad form. very bad form. and the journal printed it.
whatever.

-Doug Brunell "America's Favorite Son" said...

I posted a comment, too. I had a blog post written that dissected it, but I figured I may be overstepping bounds and have issues with work.

Dumb shit, and I got to say the NCJ lost respect on that one.

Nikki said...

Yes, like the DMV, exactly. Like every other bureaucratic government facility out there. They differ in services provided, but very little else.