Ahhhh Jeff some of your rants could very easily have came from me as well.
The money thing has gotten bad around here. In the last few days I have had 2 good friends go apply and receive the cash. One got $2000, the other got $1600.
As sad as it is that people are getting money who imo do not really need it, it bothers me just as much that these organizations are just throwing it out to anyone. All the cash that is going to others, could be going to the folks who really could use it.
Here is an example of how carelessly they are handing out the cash. This is the story my friend who got the $1600 related to me.
He is in college, and living with his parents, he is moving out into his own place at the end of this month. So for Katrina & Rita he of course was at home with his parents. SInce he is moving out, going to school full time and working part time he went to go apply for food stamps.
While doing so the lady he spoke with asked him questions like how much food did they lose from power outages? How much cash did you have to spend to but materials to protect your home (i.e. boards for windows, nails, flashlights, ect) He answered those questions, explaining he was at his parents house and he didnt know exactly the answers because HE didnt pay for any of it, but he estimated the amounts. (About $200 for food and about $100 for materials if anyone wanted to know) She then asked how much money he had in his bank account. Being the semester just began 6 weeks ago he is still pretty broke and I think he said he had under $100.
So then she goes and gives him the $1600 to be added to his account. Said he qualified for it. Granted my friend is a poor ass college student, working a shitty part time job wit his hours so few it barely qualifies as even part time. But how this qualifies him to be entitled to cash is beyond me.
It doesnt make alot of sense to me.