So I am not even sure who gets booted off the ark this time, but rest assured I am going to find out!
This week the school sent home the annual collection of forms that they require we fill out: contingency plans in case of emergency, medical updates, a school newsletter. In this packet was a form that has caused me much distress, an application for financial assistance with the hot lunch program. Originally, it was a source of angst because I am not sure whether I should submit it on behalf of my child. From previous posts you probably know that my husband and I have both been unemployed for over a year. But we have also budgeted and saved and made good enough investments throughout the 20 years we have been working so that, although we are feeling the strain of our unemployment, we are not in danger of losing our house, or underfeeding our children. We have had to cut back and make some choices, but no terribly hard choices…yet.
Cobra is up this month and we need to come up with over $1600 a month to cover our family’s insurance costs (thank you to the new health plan that insists we subsidize other people’s health insurance). Unemployment ends in a few months as well and then we will have nothing coming in and quite a bit going out. As for jobs, well they are out there, but not in our fields and not even making half of what we once did. It is the old catch 22 right now, if we take one of the unskilled jobs out there, we lose all benefits and can’t make the new lower salary stretch far enough, but soon enough it won’t matter because all our benefits will be gone and we’ll need to take whatever we can get.
To that end, I have been wondering whether or not I should apply for the reduced lunch program. We can afford to send our child to school with a packed lunch, but he really wants to get a hot lunch and it is an expense we don’t need to add in right now. I had decided to teach him you can’t get everything you want and sometimes you have to stick with what you can afford and was about to throw away the form when I read that you do not need to be an American citizen to receive free or reduced lunch. WHAT?!!
Let me repeat that outrage,...W.H.A.T! Here I am a citizen of the United States and a taxpayer in a state that is known for its ridiculous taxes. I live in a town that has a high tax rate and I always pay what is required of me. I don’t cheat on my taxes and although I grumble (a ton) I pay my taxes like a responsible citizen. So here I am struggling with whether or not it would be right for me to take advantage of a program I may not need as much as someone else and you are telling me that MY tax dollars are going to feed someone who isn’t even a citizen? Read doesn’t pay taxes. Read is already STEALING the education itself, and now will be receiving a free lunch too.
Really? Why does this society reward people who break the rules or have no sense of personal responsibility? For God’s sake if this country wasn’t so busy giving handouts to people who come looking for the proverbial free lunch at every turn, then maybe the rest of us wouldn’t be so overtaxed that we are unable to make our own ends meet.
For us my child’s lunch isn’t really free, our tax dollars are paying for it; unfortunately, so are yours. My question: if they are going to offer free lunch on the backs of tax-payers, why don’t they just provide free lunch to ALL children? This is something I have never understood. Well I understand it; it is called socialism, but they refuse to advertise that because if they did there would be more of an outrage. But that is what it is people, taking money from one group to subsidize another is indeed socialism.
And again, if they just stopped taxing so much to provide all these free bees then you wouldn’t be subsidizing my kids lunch because I’d have enough to pay for it and none of us would subsidize the lunches of criminals who don’t deserve something for nothing in the first place!
Really, here I am having contributed tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to my community and I am feeling badly about taking something that I PAID FOR but that someone else might need more. Then I learn that this same community is offering MY HARD EARNED MONEY to someone who has contributed NOTHING! Before you argue against me think of this: maybe if the government hadn’t taken so much of my money over the years and had left it in my bank account instead of taking it to pay for expensive cars for the politicians, the same road to be redone continuously for the past 5 years, or to disperse in the socialist fashion to which they have become so accustomed, I might have enough money in my account to pay for my kids to buy lunch at school.So what did I decide? I don’t think I’ll be taking advantage of the program because we don’t really need it the way I think some people do. Isn’t it a shame though that my son can’t have something he wants and which I could afford if someone else wasn’t taking my money for his free lunch?