So people this is me. FLAT OUT! Not literally in the picture but this is an Angelino that is Homeless in North Hollywood, CA.
I am speaking about the article by Mike Dorning of Bloomberg he wrote on July 23rd, 2019 about Trumps cuts to SNAP benefits that would affect 3 million people; see the full article at:
So again let me repeat.....THIS IS ME, if Republicans think I am living the life of Reilly on $189 food benefit and $220 cash benefit explain how?
Food $189 (even if):
Macaroni & Cheese 1 box $1.00 = $31.00
Hot Dogs 4 packages $4.00 = $4.00
Can a 53 year old man live on a diet of mac & cheese with hot dogs no. fresh fruit, bread, even basic orange tag day old items I go through $189 a month and I am starving. Bright side I lost 35 pounds in one month.
Cash benefit $220
Public Transportation: $100
Soap, Detergent, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Razors etc $100
Laundry $150 a load 3 pairs of clothes = $20.00
Broke or go dirty.
3 million people America like the fellow above living on the streets do to an addiction to drugs or alcohol (A DISEASE) or mental health issues such as PTSD, or both like myself. I am not here to debate if you feel Alcoholism is a disease or not it is classified as such. Why do you "Oh poor soul let's run for Breast Cancer or Diabetes" while you step over the gentlemen in the street above? Because society has programed you not to care. How do you judge who is suffering the most, the addict who can't stop, the cancer victim from smoking for 30 years, or the Diabetic who won't stop eating donuts (not talking about type 1 here)?
With me this is not up for debate as I was one of the homeless; I am someone living off public assistance, I am the person who put a portfolio together that is giving you 111% return on your investment yet not working on Wall Street. While I take the steps to rebuild a life look in the mirror, how many paychecks away are you from living in a tent? If you lost your job would you regret that $6.99 Starbucks you have every morning, the $4.00 monster at the gym and the night out on the town for $200 with the gang?
Just think about this because I get this question a lot:
"William I can't afford to invest in the Stock Market"
$6.99 x 30 ( days in a month) = $209.70
$209.70 pick any one of the stocks currently in the portfolio and speak to me one year from now. Would you rather have that $209.70 be (based on current rate of return) $460 dollars or memories of 30 mocha lattes?
Finally if you still want to kick that smelly homeless guy in the teeth tomorrow that is in front of Starbucks where you get your $6.99 latte ask yourself why you approve of corporate welfare to Walmart, Exxon Mobil and Dupont that all earn billions in revenue?
This is by no means a reflection on Starbucks, while not a part of the current portfolio Starbucks is a great company to invest in, shop at and they have great coffee!
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