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Thu Dec 18, 2014, 12:56 AM

One hand giveth . . .

Yesterday's mail brought the official notice of my Social Security cost of living adjustment -- $13.

Today's mail brought a note from social services informing me that, in light of my vastly improved finances, my SNAP benefits will be reduced by $25.



Tidings of comfort and joy.

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Reply One hand giveth . . . (Original post)
madamesilverspurs Dec 2014 OP
OrwellwasRight Dec 2014 #1
elleng Dec 2014 #2
madamesilverspurs Dec 2014 #3
AtomicKitten Dec 2014 #4
SamKnause Dec 2014 #5
ArsSkeptica Dec 2014 #6
calimary Dec 2014 #10
KMOD Dec 2014 #7
delrem Dec 2014 #8
Hekate Dec 2014 #9

Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 01:03 AM

1. Wow.

Just wow. Right hand, meet left hand. Please exchange information so you know what each other is doing.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 01:13 AM

2. Inform social services of the FACTS,

politely, and tell them their decision 'clearly should be changed.'

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 01:23 AM

3. Actually,

this is an annual dance that's been going on for many years. It's going to get even more fun when the landlord shows up for his increased cut of my "raise"; that's routine, also.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 01:29 AM

4. I'm sorry to hear that.

 

That may not seem like a lot to some people, but I know from experience it is. I don't know if there is anything you can do about this cut in benefits, but I really feel your pain.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 01:49 AM

5. I have not received my notice from Social Security Disability yet.

I did receive my notice from Health and Human Services.

My SNAP (food stamps) benefits were cut $9.00 per month.

They are purposefully keeping us in extreme poverty.

I would love to see anyone in DC live on $1064.00 per month plus $99.00 per month in food stamps.

I still make mortgage payments.

I pay property taxes.

I pay for home insurance.

I pay for electric, phone service, the Internet and all other household expenses.

I am constantly stressed worrying about food and mortgage payments.

If I had been paid a decent wage my house would be paid for and I would have a nice bank account.

I don't need a lesson in economics.

I have been handling the family budget since I was 16 years old. (I am 61)

I can stretch a nickel into a quarter.

I can not stretch zero, nobody can.

They don't want us to get ahead or have any peace of mind.

This assault on the poor is intentional and evil.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 02:06 AM

6. Ack

 

I remember my mom telling me about one going up a buck, the other dropping by the same amount. This is the first I've heard of it being a net loss, though I'm hardly surprised.

If condolences could make a meal, I'd be sending you a feast right about now :/

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Response to ArsSkeptica (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:34 AM

10. Welcome to DU, ArsSkeptica!

Glad you're here. It's just stunning - the heartlessness of this! What the hell is WRONG with people? And these are the same people who can always be counted on to do the loudest bellowing in the room about what faithful exemplary God-fearing "Christians" they are. I'm so sorry to hear this ridiculous convolution of logic and compassion that you're forced to deal with, madamesilverspurs. This is NOT how it's supposed to be.

:bandhead:

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 02:09 AM

7. recommending for the attention

 

it deserves.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:18 AM

8. Get together with others in your situation

and do something about it.

Don't just "complain to the authorities" -- "the authorities" are who did it. But it's systemic and you can, together with your families, come together and change it.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:26 AM

9. Oh crap, I'm so sorry, Mme. Silverspurs

I hope it gets better...

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