According to CNN (via Business Insider), the US government spent $3 million to inform the public about their eligibility for food stamps. I once lamented that I didn’t know where in Toronto to sign up for US Federal Welfare, Unemployment Insurance or Food Stamps. Now at least for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), there is a screening tool to see if I am even eligible. So I thought, “Why not, if the US wants to give me free money?” So I tried the screening tool. But I was thwarted by the first drop down menu. I couldn’t find Ontario. Crap!
The tool first asks: “Which State or Territory do you live in?” Here is a screen snip of the explanation:
US citizens abroad must pay income taxes. Yet citizens abroad cannot even apply for a basic benefit of being low income. I’m not asking for a lot; just that if I run into hard times, I can apply for a little bit of nutritional supplement so that I don’t starve to fricking death.
So let’s get this straight: the United States expects us to pay but doesn’t think it has to provide such benefits. I’m beginning to think that this relationship really sucks. The United States is my stalking ex-spouse that is also a no-show when it comes to child support payments.
Let’s dispense with this motto: “No taxation without representation!” That is a battle cry of independent libertarian types and doesn’t suit the progressive mentality of cradle-to-grave dependent types. Let’s try this battle cry, “No taxation without Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program!” (Well, it’s not very catchy sounding, but still, it works for me).