Friar Bijou wrote:
So..what was your dad's annual salary when you were, say, 10? Y'know, for comparison.
How the **** would I know? I was 10. We're talking late 1970s here, so unless you happen to have the inflation tables handy, it wouldn't tell you much anyway. Certainly would be something you could compare directly.
And it wasn't at that time. It was later, when we were living with my mom. Mostly when I was in middle school and high school. My mom was working two jobs and putting herself through school during that time period. Classic tale of divorced woman who set aside her education to have children and then found life very hard to get going afterward.
Also. That puts me squarely into the "poor as hell" class.
Yup. Most people grossly underestimate what "middle class" means.
And I don't qualify for, much less receive food stamps.
Kinda depends on how many dependents you have though. 20 year old making $18k/year with no dependents is "poor as hell" but is in no real need of assistance (cause you can live on that much when you're that age). Single mom with 3 kids making the same money wont be able to make ends meet.
You family didn't get food stamps because they DIDN"T @#%^ING QUALIFY.
How do you know? I don't recall you being there. I just find it strange (yes, I'm saying this for the 3rd time) that you are so quick to insist that my mother could not have been poor enough to have qualified for food stamps (or even to be considered "pretty poor"), yet are equally quick to defend the need for food stamps for people who can afford to have soda in their fridge. That really seems to be inconsistent. I'd think you'd be yelling at them that they aren't really poor and don't really need food stamps.