Finally I’m just like,
IN HIGH SCHOOL:
|—||Haruki Murakami (via hellanne)|
|—||Nicholas Sparks (via movinggrowingbeing)|
lend me your hand and we’ll conquer them all, but lend me your heart and i’ll just let you fall. lend me your eyes, i can change what you see, but your soul you must keep, totally free.
okay, i normally stay away from politics on social media and in conversations with friends because 90% of the time people disagree with me. but this was just too much and i have to talk about it.
so this summer i’ve been working at a discount clothing store. it’s like tj maxx, marshall’s, ross, blah blah blah, those places. anyway, we get all kinds of people in there because we have super cheap name-brand clothes and other stuff. last night, two girls about the exact same age as me, came in and were having a conversation with each other while i was ringing up their merchandise. first of all, this isn’t exactly a conversation i would want to be having in a public place for anyone to hear. and second of all, y’all should be very proud because i didn’t even give them a dirty look or say anything mean, i was the epitome of kindness.
but girl #1 goes “my boyfriend’s mother thinks i should go on food stamps.” then girl #2 says: “that’s a good idea, they’re really cool. i’m on them!” (in a very excited and ironically proud tone). then she proceeded to tell her all about food stamps because girl #1 had no idea what they were. girl #2 explained (her exact words, not mine) it’s like a credit card that gets loaded with money every month and the only thing it doesn’t cover is energy drinks or something (i forget exactly what she said it didn’t cover). this girl said she gets $400 a month, which in her words “is way more than what i actually need.” they continued talking about it while i rang up their clothing (several very cute tops, and a dress).
now, it’s no secret that i’m a very conservative republican, but i think at this point in the conversation (getting “way more” money than she needs every single month) anyone would start to get a little bit upset. maybe not though. i might actually just be a little biased because my mother worked for the department of welfare for over 30 years so i know all about how corrupt the welfare system is and how much people abuse it/rely on it when they actually could easily be off of it. also, i’m just jealous i don’t get $400 each month to spend on food, helloooo i’m a broke college kid who spends every penny i own on food.
but come on, really? two girls, my age, who looked very capable of working. both were in very good physical condition and could easily take over my ridiculously easy job when i quit in a week and a half. i’m not going to act like i know their life story, because i don’t. for all i know, one or both of them could be the mother of three whose baby daddy left her to care for them on her own (for which i have to add, ever heard of birth control? or condoms? i’m pretty sure planned parenthood and places like that give it out for free…). anyway, i’m not bashing food stamps or anyone on them in ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM. there’s a lot of people who are on them, and that’s really nothing to be ashamed about. i’m just saying that the welfare system desperately needs to be reformed. i’m not saying get rid of it or anything. people just need to be more educated about it and educated on how to get a job or how to budget money. i’m sure some people already are educated on all of that stuff, but some people aren’t. people shouldn’t be able to live off of the government for years at a time, it should just be a very brief period of time until they’re able to get their feet under them. i don’t know why anyone would want to stay on food stamps or welfare for any longer than they needed to, it’s not like you can get rich off of it. some people who take advantage of this program, in my opinion, deserve more than what they’re getting. but then again, there are those who deserve less.
guys, i’m sorry. i’ve just been brought up learning that you have to make your own way in life and that it’s your responsibility and no one else’s. and life’s not fair, some people will get rich, and some people won’t. that’s just life. you have to work for what you get.
and just some food for thought: the government can’t give something to someone that it didn’t already take from someone else.
so i just bought my plane tickets to go see my ultimate absolute best friend in oklahoma. who cares about college, i’m skipping 2 days to make it an ultra long thursday-monday weekend. i haven’t seen her since january, which is incredibly too long ago. and the fact that we’re going into junior year and i STILL haven’t seen her school..unacceptable.
so i’m just really happy.