I don't wish to be singled out by the media and don't want my identity known. Please respect my views as an anonymous disabled American citizen.
Now, that being said, how would each of these candidates handle the 50 million people on government aid? We are 50 million votes. Which candidate is going to bring down the cost of living?
I am disabled and receive SSI disability; it is my only income, and the maximum anyone can receive (in the state of Kentucky) is $698 per person per month.
I pay out $200 per month rent, average $100 to $120 electric per month, $14 per month trash service, with a yearly monthly average of $50 per month for home propane, $46 per month for a phone, $73 per month for auto insurance, $115 per month for an auto loan, plus household cleaning supplies, personal cleaning supplies, maintenance for auto, and gasoline for auto, OTC meds, etc.
This is not enough to go around for basic necessities. I am grateful for every penny of this check, but we can't make ends meet. Yes, I receive food stamps, and every penny of it goes to the grocery store each month and will only decently feed us about 20 days of the month, leaving 10 days of the month eating dry beans and potatoes. I am unable to work and have many multiple serious health conditions. What about us?
If we make $25 dollars in any month, we are penalized by SSI and by food stamps; they take that much from each, so what good does it do us to try to make it? The harder we try, the more we are penalized, making it impossible for us to help ourselves and try to improve our life. We are not allowed over $2,000 in resources above a home and one vehicle. Twenty years ago, a $2,000 dollar vehicle for a spare would be a decent back up vehicle, nowadays a $2,000 dollar vehicle for backup would be one that didn't run. We can't win.
And it's not just those of us who are disabled; it's also the poor and the elderly as well. I am usually lucky if I have $100 to spare to try to get my household needs and personal needs and gasoline and such. A hundred dollars alone won't fill me up and give me another tank of gasoline a month, let alone anything else. We can't even afford one tank of gas to do us for the month to go to the doctors, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.
It's not the millionaires who need a tax break, it's the poor who need a break. Instead of giving so many millions to countries that are not even our allies, countries that turn on America over things like a movie, that money should have gone to Social Security to help the American citizens, to improve American lives. Which of these candidates is going to really start to care about the poor, the disabled and the elderly? What is their stand on Social Security, SSI disability and food stamps?
We are grateful for what we receive, but we struggle each and every month, not only with our disabilities and medical needs (as if that wasn't enough), but with trying to live, trying to stay alive and not starve, keeping a roof over our heads, trying to have transportation and gasoline. Trying to afford to keep ourselves and our homes clean. I guess you want us all homeless and dirty with signs in our hands on the highways reading "Please help us we are in need of food" or "Will work for food" or "Can we take a bath in your home?"
This nation is headed toward seeing 50 million people begging for help along the roads if these issues are not addressed. We are not bums, and yet we have become victims of the economy and the government. Just to clarify, I am not asking the government to give me more money. Who is going to lower the cost of living, lower the cost of gasoline, lower the cost of insurance, lower the cost of food, lower the cost of utilities, lower the cost of autos, etc.? Lower the cost of living in America, for even those working hard manual labor whom are making minimum wage or close to that are in the same boat as me, and we can't make ends meet financially just for basic living necessities. Which candidate is going to do this?
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