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Currently I live in one of the most transit friendly communities in this Nation. It can still take me three hours to get across town by transit. Sometimes it is faster for me to ride my bike, but not practical if I had to take two kids to daycare.

But I've also lived in places where it takes six hours for me to get across town on transit. And other places where there is no transit at all.

So by taking autos into account if one receives food stamps AND expecting them to secure or maintain employment is ludicrous.

But that is the point isn't it? Punish the poor for not being born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Or being so morally bankrupt that lying, cheating, and stealing in order to cash in on someone else's misfortune is all one does.

Paul Ryan apparently thinks that having a functional vehicle worth $5000.01 should exclude one from receiving food aid, working or not.

What Reps. Ryan and Lucas are really looking for are criteria that will allow them to throw as many poor people off of the program as possible. Essentially, Ryan and Lucas are trying to deny poor people food because they have a car. The $5,000 limit for automotive value is ridiculous. A car that is worth less than $5,000 is unlikely to be a reliable vehicle. For elderly, disabled, or working poor people, a car is often their only way to look for a job, get to work, or get to the doctor.

It is the ultimate hypocrisy for millionaires like Paul Ryan to be telling a poor person that they have no right to own reliable transportation.

Transportation is often the key to a poor person finding work. Without reliable transportation, you can’t get a job. The majority of Americans on food stamps are children and the disabled. Those children will now be thrown off the program if their family owns a used car worth more than a junkyard clunker.

Apparently having to stand for eight hours on blistered feet from walking everywhere is character building or something.

Originally posted to Income Inequality Kos on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 04:47 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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