This was published in the Progressive Populist. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan wrote a letter Sept. 19, taking to task those who would take away HIS OWN source of food -- food stamps.
"Why am I on food stamps? The same reason everyone on food stamps is on food stamps: because I would very much enjoy not starving."
It's a long letter, but it is worth the entire read. He notes -- accurately, unfortunately -- that some families of those in the military are on food stamps while their loved ones are fighting overseas.
"The fact remains anyone at a certain income level can find it difficult from time to time to pay for everything. And when you’re poor you learn to make sacrifices. Food shouldn’t be one of them...
"I didn’t risk my life in Afghanistan so I could come back and watch people go hungry in America. I certainly didn’t risk it so I could come back and go hungry."
Somehow, I don't think those he addresses his letter to -- GOP congressmen, conservative commentators, "Mr. or Mrs. 'welfare queen' letter-to-the-editor authors" -- have any idea of what he's talking about. Nor will any of them care. They're getting their government salaries, their Medicare treatment is paid for, they're receiving Social Security payments each month. In other words, they got theirs; screw everyone else.
You can read the whole letter here: http://progressivepopulist.org/...