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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:10 AM

Trading Sex for a "F--cking Happy Meal?" Mom Can't Get Food Stamps After Drug Offense,

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Trading Sex for a "F--cking Happy Meal?" Mom Can't Get Food Stamps After Drug Offense, Resorts to Prostitution to Feed her Kids



Carla walked into my office with despair in her eyes. I was surprised. Carla has been doing well in her four months out of prison; she got off drugs, regained custody of her kids, and even enrolled in a local community college.

Without much prodding she admitted to me that she had retuned to prostitution: “I am putting myself at risk for HIV to get my kids a f---ing happy meal.”

Despite looking high and low for a job, Carla explained, she was still unemployed. Most entry-level jobs felt out of reach with her drug record, but what’s worse, even the state wasn’t willing to throw her a temporary life preserver.

You see, Carla is from one of the 32 states in the country that ban anyone convicted of a drug felony from collecting food stamps. With the release of the Global Burden of Disease Study last week, it bears looking at how we are perpetuating burdens among the most vulnerable Americans with our outdated laws.

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Reply Trading Sex for a "F--cking Happy Meal?" Mom Can't Get Food Stamps After Drug Offense, (Original post)
xchrom Dec 2012 OP
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #1
eShirl Dec 2012 #2
wildbilln864 Dec 2012 #3
valerief Dec 2012 #4
another_liberal Dec 2012 #5
Initech Dec 2012 #25
freedom fighter jh Dec 2012 #8
valerief Dec 2012 #11
ewagner Dec 2012 #6
blueamy66 Dec 2012 #15
hootinholler Dec 2012 #18
ewagner Dec 2012 #19
The Wizard Dec 2012 #7
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #9
RC Dec 2012 #13
Whovian Dec 2012 #10
AnnieK401 Dec 2012 #12
99Forever Dec 2012 #14
Zorra Dec 2012 #16
sammytko Dec 2012 #17
woo me with science Dec 2012 #20
thesquanderer Dec 2012 #21
DavidDvorkin Dec 2012 #22
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #29
seabeyond Dec 2012 #23
MadrasT Dec 2012 #31
seabeyond Dec 2012 #32
marmar Dec 2012 #24
SammyWinstonJack Dec 2012 #34
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #26
Ghost in the Machine Dec 2012 #27
kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #28
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #30
Kennah Dec 2012 #33

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:47 AM

1. kr. so you can't get work, can't get food. such a safety net. her kids will eventually be taken

 

from her, one way or another. likely adding to her sense of failure and dismotivation.

i'd use drugs too, with things stacked against me like that. i'm not sure what people are supposed to do. their only hope is to get lucky with an employer willing to overlook her record. pretty much eliminates corporate employers.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:54 AM

2. horrifying

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:58 AM

3. k & r! nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:40 AM

4. Yeah, but you have to look at the flip side. Rich people still need to get richer.

In America, we know which side tips the scales. So Carla *must* do without.

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Response to valerief (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:43 AM

5. Social Darwinism

Wealthy greedheads just love the idea.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:32 PM

25. The wealth addicted in this country will stomp on anything and everything to get their drug.

And just like any other addict they can't get enough.

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Response to valerief (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:02 AM

8. I'm sure none of those rich people ever do illegal drugs. nt

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Response to freedom fighter jh (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:06 AM

11. It's not illegal if you're rich. nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:00 AM

6. The "dead-beat Dads" bill does the same thing

It criminalizes failure to pay...puts them in jail..gives them a police record...makes them unemployable and the cycle goes on.

It's disgusting

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Response to ewagner (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:31 AM

15. Don't forget that some have their drivers license suspended

 

therefore making it harder to get to a job.

Too many stupid laws in this country...

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Response to ewagner (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:39 AM

18. Plus if the mother is on welfare

The child support is taken to offset the aid paid by the state, even if it is more than the aid. The problem is that other forms of assistance require welfare to qualify. My sister was trapped in this position while going to school via pell grants as a single mom.

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Response to ewagner (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:14 AM

19. I am a County Board Supervisor...

I have brought this up time and again in committee and time and again, I have been ignored.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:01 AM

7. Another war casualty

War on drugs is a fucking hoax. It's a war on the poor.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:03 AM

9. She wouldn't have that problem if she had just killed someone with a gun

It's only drug convictions that disallow help.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:16 AM

13. Guns are good, Drugs are bad. /sarcasm

 

All the other countries have come up with workable solutions for the underprivileged. But we, with our "Not invented here" refuse to do the obvious, because... Well it wasn't our idea. Low gun crimes, Universal Health care, to name two biggies.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:04 AM

10. Makes me want to cry

 

what we have allowed this country to become.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:07 AM

12. What kind of third world country is this kind of horror happening in? - Oh Wait.

this can't be us.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:18 AM

14. Funny that this has been how it is for ...

.. a very long time, yet it seems to come as a surprise to many people.

American has become a heartless shithole, run by the new royalty.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:36 AM

16. We really need to purge the last vestiges of Reaganism from our country.

Poor Carla and her kids.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:14 AM

17. I thought only the offender was banned, not dependents

The kids are still allowed their stipend, but probably have to be handled by someone else.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:16 AM

20. The lack of food will motivate her to be a better person.

I guess it works for children, too, or they wouldn't be doing it.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:26 PM

21. Felons don't need to eat?

They give you food in prison. How they can they deny you the ability to get it once you get out? Basic human needs should have nothing to do with your past. And supposedly, this is after you've paid your debt to society, besides!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:45 PM

22. We know someone in a similar situation

My wife and I were talking about her tonight.

It strikes me that the system is designed to destroy people, not rehabilitate them.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:46 PM

29. It is ... it's a deeply flawed system designed to make those disadvantaged even

more disadvantaged. And worse, the system works to make even more people disadvantaged. Fall through the cracks and one is in the trash heap, and the plow is working to push even more people through the cracks.

And also some wonder why so many elderly drink so much or are on drugs. There's a delight in USA, Incorporated, my country right or wrong, in seeing people fail, I think. It's the capitalistic way. Money first, greed first and enjoy watching others fail because for some it feels so good.


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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:48 PM

23. she is just really really horney....

really. that is what i am told. it is all cool. right?

ya.....

i am being really snotty. i am all on this womans side... for those that dont know.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:05 PM

31. She's obviously *empowered* by her sexuality.



(That sarcasm thingy isn't dripping nearly enough.)

It's her free choice, right? That's what we're told right here on DU.



We live in a fucked up world and this stuff depressed the crap out of me.

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Response to MadrasT (Reply #31)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:19 PM

32. me, too.





it is why i am reduced tho this.... images. cause the life i live and what i read on du come no where close.



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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:48 PM

24. This is a warped country.

nt

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Response to marmar (Reply #24)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:50 AM

34. I've heard Obama say that we are the envy of the World.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:38 PM

26. But ain't America just a fucken great place! n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:38 PM

27. I told everyone from the very first time i heard about this proposal that it was the CHILDREN who

would suffer the most from this bullshit. It needs to be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court...

Stop the madness NOW!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:43 PM

28. TPTB want all felons dead, apparently. Because that's what

fate awaits them if, AFTER PAYING THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY, they still are not able to find a job, keep a roof over their head and food on their table, etc etc.

Why don't we just admit what we want for felons - we want them all to receive the death penalty.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:52 PM

30. How to create a permanant underclass, by The US Congress. Available now.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:38 AM

33. Maybe the Maya really did predict the end of the world 'cause this sounds like it.

It is almost as though we have instituted laws against "Mortal Sins".

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