My family depended on SNAP benefits for ten years, to keep from starving to death. We also lived for about six years on the Home Energy Assistance Program, getting a discount on our gas and electricity to keep from freezing to death. We now make just a hair too much income to qualify for those anymore, and I’m relieved. We badly needed those government programs, but they’re a pain to be on, not just because the paperwork required can easily become a full-time job.
While we were on SNAP and HEAP, I got a lot of remarks from the fine people of Steubenville telling me what they thought about people who needed a social safety net. The Steubenville highly conservative Catholics were the most vocal on the subject, but the good honest Appalachian townies gave me an earful too. Thanks to them, I know exactly what to say in response to the bombshell news about President Trump’s income tax returns:
It’s not that I’m not faithful to Catholic Social Teaching, you understand. I just believe people like the Trumps should be grateful for charitable donations from their churches instead of my tax dollars. It makes me feel cheated, as a taxpayer, to line up at the grocery store for my cheap economical bone-in chickens I pay cash for, and watch the Trumps use government assistance for their overcooked steaks with ketchup. If we give a handout to the Trumps, they’ll only spend it on drugs. I think it’s terrible that we’ve conditioned so many penthouse-dwelling trophy wives to think of one of their most basic parenting responsibilities is a job of the state. Of course I don’t want Barron to go hungry. But we should perform the work of mercy of teaching Melania Trump how to buy nutritious affordable food (low-sugar cereals and PBJ).