AP just caught how low the income levels are to received any government help by noting a $25 Stimulus check may cost you food stamps.
When President Barack Obama increased unemployment benefits as part of his economic stimulus, he also made some Americans ineligible for hundreds of dollars a month in food stamps. Under the economic recovery plan, laid-off workers have seen a $25 weekly bump in their unemployment checks as part of a broad expansion of benefits for the poor. But the law did not raise the income cap for food stamp eligibility, so the extra money has pushed some people over the limit.
The article comments this is what happens when bills are ramrodded through Congress and not even read, never mind analyzed. No kidding. It's ridiculous.
We do not get well crafted policy, we get power plays, strong arms and bills full of hidden loopholes and problems. The poverty levels are so low, to receive any government assistance you must either lie or be dead in a box somewhere.
Here are the 2009 poverty guidelines for the lower 48.
|Persons in family
|For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person.
For one person that is $902.5 dollars a month. Who thinks one can rent a studio in many cities for that amount? Food stamps are also graduated.