I just left a South Carolina grocery store and wanted to share my experience. The person in line in front of me was an obese Black woman. She had a buggy piled full of groceries and also paid for a propane tank replacement. She pulled out an EBT card, swiped it and then was told by the cashier that she owed just $18, which she paid with cash. I had just a few items – so few that I didn’t need a buggy. My total was $34, which I paid for with my debit card. I then walked outside to leave. As I did I passed the woman with all the groceries who had been in line ahead of me. She was getting into a very nice, new black sedan – a nicer car than I drive.
If I didn’t work long hours in the heat and cold for my money to buy groceries the experience might not have made such an impression upon me. Granted, I do not know the particulars of the woman’s case. I also support aid and work programs for those legitimately in need. But I see things like this – I see the taxes taken from my pay check – I see people using my money to buy so much food that they grow obese – and I then see them get into a nicer car than I drive – and I wonder, how can this be justice? Is this US system at all fair? Couldn’t we do better if we were free?