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  •  If you're on food stamps or TANF (4+ / 0-)

    You can't keep three months of expenses to the side, unless you don't keep it in the bank. If you have that kind of 'assets' they lower or take your benefits entirely. And yet, we're all supposed to 'pull ourselves up by our boot straps'. Right now we have a little tucked away, but that's moving costs for once we get approved for a new place. It will be gone once we move. If we don't move before the food stamps re-approval comes around, I'll have to pull that out of the bank until it's done, or they'll count it against us.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:35:15 PM PST

    •  You're right, this is stupid (6+ / 0-)

      Penalize people for saving and then yell at them for not having enough of a cushion saved.

      And I assume that, like you, most people have a bit tucked away under the mattress where it's invisible, in other words, the system is making otherwise honest people be dishonest, just in order to keep having enough groceries. That's stupid too.

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