The state I live in has decided that I’m able bodied and therefor not entitled to food. Yes, that is their position, I know they would present it that I’m “freeloading”…. but I’m just trying to keep eating, it’s a matter of survival
Now, how could I dispute that? Well the conditions are explicitly laid out;
IF I’m working more than 30 hours a week
[so it’s ON ME to make the job market bend to my will, to make employers respond. It’s work, or starve. I’ll be disputing the other conditions similarly]
IF I’m in school at least half time
[So the state compels me to engage in more debt. This is why living in a conservative state is so absurd, they have no problem doing whatever it takes to decrease their debt burden, but if someone else wants to decrease their debt burden, that’s not a valid excuse]
IF I’m under 18 or over 50
[So anyone between ages 19 and 49 has no positive right to eat. We aren’t people worthy of life, according to the wisdom of the state]
IF I or my spouse was pregnant or had children in the home
[Here’s where I say “Oh I wish”. I have medical limitations currently keeping me from concieving a child, and taking my food away doesn’t make that any easier. So people capable of concieving are more worthy of EATING, got it.]
If I am in drug or alcohol rehab
Okay, this is the one where I really get into how absurd this is. I’m a law abiding citizen, rarely drink, never use illicit drugs. This attitude, ACCORDING TO THE STATE, is anti social, and deserving of not being allowed to eat
So their position is that I should seek to meet these requirements, by the avenue of least resistance, right? Isn’t that the reasonable person standard?
Well I can drink. I have two liters of whiskey sitting in my cabinet. It was my intention to make that last 9 months to two years, but I could drink it in a few days
AND THEN, I’ve got an alcohol problem, don’t I?
SO THEN, I can attend rehab
AND THEN, I can eat.
It is the states considered opinion that I should start drinking, HARD, as soon as possible, since they can’t compel me to engage in illegal acts such as illicit drugs.
How wrong am I here? This has been bubbling under my skin for the last four days, and I’ve looked at it every way I know how.
The thing I control, ME, is capable of only one thing on this list. I’ve applied to jobs, I can’t compel them to hire me. But I sure as heck could drink myself to the point of requiring rehab, if that is what is required of me. I tried to go back to school, I couldn’t afford the debt……