These stories just never do add up, do they?

So, woman has child with possibly brutal bloke, leaves, goes from homeless shelter to small apartment, welfare keeps her going. Night classes, now she’s a writer.

Excellent, well done. And of course the story is that those welfare programs must exist for the next person to be able to come through. OK, fine with me.

But there’s always something in these stories which doesn’t quite gel, isn’t there?

I didn’t have a family who could financially or even emotionally support me. My daughter’s father still tried to cut me down every chance he could. I worked my way through school, but I couldn’t have done that if I hadn’t had help meeting basic living standards. Food stamps, rental assistance, and tax credits were the things that kept us afloat. I received utility assistance, and sometimes a voucher for gas so I could get to work. I used WIC (Women, Infants and Children) coupons for milk, bread, eggs, and peanut butter, which became the staples of our diet.

A month after I graduated college, I gave birth to a second little girl. Eventually we were able to move into safe and secure housing I could afford, and it meant I could focus on my chosen career as a writer.

Second baby just appeared, did it?

24 comments on “These stories just never do add up, do they?

  1. Yeeeeees, seems like there’s a little omission in this whole scenario, and it doesn’t involve a stork…

  2. So we need a comprehensive taxpayer-funded welfare system to help one careless breeder become a writer for left-wing rags and websites?

  3. Yes, Theo, they’re a drug on the market. I don’t think the next Jane Austen (or even Danielle Steele) is languishing in a battered women’s shelter.

  4. “Six years ago, I lived with my then 3-year-old daughter, Mia, in a studio apartment. During the day I worked full-time as a maid, cleaning the houses of wealthy people. At night, I stayed up completing coursework for online college classes.”

    She works hard and lives up to her responsibilities –so far so good.

    “It got so cold that winter that my daughter and I slept in the living room, because I couldn’t afford to heat the entire apartment.”

    Ok –maybe the greenfreaks might want to ponder that while windmilling to increase bills–but not her fault.

    ” So instead we kept the doors to the room closed tight, and huddled together on the small pull-out couch I’d found for free.”

    Not an ideal life-style but hardly horrific compared to how the human race mostly lived in the pre-capitalist, pre-industrial age.

    “It snowed quite a bit—more than my 1983 Honda Civic could handle.”

    Is this one occasion or every winter? And she has a car.

    ” For an entire week, I tried to will the snow plows to come down the steep little alley where we lived”

    Sounds like one occasion. If that was every winter why not say so.

    “Every day that I missed work meant another bill I wouldn’t be able to pay: first electric, then rent.”

    So no savings or any other personal resources then. But still has a car.

    “I was in this situation because, two years earlier, I fled from my daughter’s father”

    Not “my husband” or even “boyfriend” but “my daughters Father”.

    “after he punched out a window in our home in the middle of January.”

    Whose home? Your joint home? His home? Your home?
    Also he punched a window. He didn’t punch her–nor does she say he ever did. Punching a window shows that, anger issues or not he didn’t belt her. And as for anger how do we know what is happening. He might have had a God-Awful life for all we are told. She might have an acid gob on her that would shred an elephant. He might have put up with years of verbal abuse for all that we can find out about the matter. But punching a window is not punching a person.

    ” He’d left, then called to say he wanted to return with the landlord (who’d always been a source of fuel for his anger) to fix it. I called the police for safety.”

    If he had beaten her before or made a regular habit of bashing her then calling the coppers might be fair enough. But if so why does she not mention it? He was offering to repair the damage he had done. Unless she thinks he intended to bring the Landlord so he could strangle him in front of her or something.

    There is loads more going on here than meets the eye. And if she is trying to make the case that the bloke is a monster she is making a poor job of it.

    “With that decision, I found myself homeless with a 6-month-old.”

    So it was his home then not hers. She does not seem to have had a job–or does not mention it, so it seems likely he was supporting her and his daughter. She doesn’t mention if he was on welfare so it seems quite likely he was working to pay the bills.

    ” I worked as a landscaper while we moved from a homeless shelter,”

    So it seems she had to get work after she left.

    “to transitional housing, and finally to our own apartment.
    We couldn’t have made it out of the shelter without help from an elusive grant called Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, which helped close the gap between what we could afford and what an apartment actually cost.”

    Ok –she leaves a relationship where she and her daughter are being supported and gets a job as basically a part-time Gardiner. Part -time because of child-care responsibilities likely. Is it likely that she would be able to afford an apartment of her own under such circs? Her daughter is the only possible reason she might get any help. We can be sure that her ex–should he show up on his own under reduced circs– would not get an apartment . Altho he is likely paying taxes towards her up keep still. Does he get to see his daughter? She doesn’t say.

    “Eventually, I found a full-time job that also allowed me to go to school full-time.”

    Sorry–she has a full-time job and full-time school and child-care responsibilities. That hardly sounds possible–what are the exact circs?

    ” But the job only paid $8 an hour—not enough to provide for a family. Even working full-time, we had to go without basics. I had to budget for when I could purchase a new sponge or paper towels.”

    Many people have to budget and/or go without–although a sponge/ paper towels seem strange articles to budget for.

    ” I needed food stamps to help feed myself and my daughter, because, after paying rent, gas, and utilities,”

    Statism in general and socialism in particular greatly raise the cost of living.

    ” most months I only had 50 dollars left for things like toilet paper, soap, and tampons.”

    So she worked full-time at a job that–after she had paid the various govt-inflated utility bills– would have left her starving–literally. Never mind toilet paper, tampons etc. $50 a month left over would not have feed her and her child. Without food stamps.

    Perhaps local employers know that they can offer shite wages because –like tax credits over here–other poor people who earn slightly more will be tax plundered and forced to make up the difference.

    And of course where was she living? Perhaps the US contributors on here can tell us if US utility bills are often so large in poor areas that working poor people can’t afford to eat without claiming food stamps. I don’t know but it seems just a bit unlikely. If she was living in a better but less affordable area that might be a explanation. She was frightened by someone punching a window so it would seem likely that a poor and high-crime area might frighten her and lead her to live in an area beyond her reduced means.

    “At the end of that winter, I got money back from the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. I was able to buy tooth brushes, curtains, a desk to do homework on, blankets, and a bed I still sleep on today. I bought a heated mattress pad, so I didn’t have to heat the whole apartment at night. My daughter Mia and I went to sleep at night, cozy and warm,”

    Again the taxpayer has to provide and she is pathetically grateful for stuff that would cost–what $100 ? $200 tops. Has she really reached a point in life where she doesn’t even have peanuts put by from earlier more prosperous times?

    ” but I still lived in a fog of hopelessness, anxiety, and doubt.”

    “I didn’t have a family who could financially or even emotionally support me.”

    You and millions of others. And her first thought about having a family is how she can exploit them.

    ” My daughter’s father still tried to cut me down every chance he could.”

    Meaning what? Was their no maintenance order for his child?Did he refuse to pay? And risk jail? Hell the Yanks jail if you really can’t pay never mind refusing to pay.

    ” I worked my way through school, but I couldn’t have done that if I hadn’t had help meeting basic living standards. Food stamps, rental assistance, and tax credits were the things that kept us afloat. I received utility assistance, and sometimes a voucher for gas so I could get to work.”

    If she was getting all this stuff why is she saying that after utility payments she only had $50 a week left? Did those bills eat up her wages and the handouts? Where was she living ?Beverly Hills?

    “I used WIC (Women, Infants and Children) coupons for milk, bread, eggs, and peanut butter, which became the staples of our diet.2

    Again if the state is paying at least some of her utility bills and she has a wage and food stamps ( and quite possibly maintenance as well) why is she living on peanut butter?

    “A month after I graduated college, I gave birth to a second little girl.”

    As Tim says–What?

    ” Eventually we were able to move into safe and secure housing I could afford, and it meant I could focus on my chosen career as a writer. Within eighteen months, I’d published pieces in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and secured a book deal with Hachette Books after an essay at Vox about my years working as a maid went viral.”

    So in short she is a leftist propagandist and the taxpayer has been forced to facilitate her becoming one.

    “Now all of the programs that helped me and my daughter get ahead are under attack.

    The ACA repeal would roll back access to Medicaid, and federal funds for child care, food stamps, rental assistance, and more face the chopping block.”

    I don’t know the US circs but the first question with leftists is always: Is that actually even true to begin with?

    ” They’re at the mercy of an administration and conservative politicians who don’t have to worry about what would happen if they worked full-time and still didn’t have enough to give their children the basics in life.”

    Politicians are of no importance compared to the taxpayer who is being robbed to hand out money to improvident people. People who have never put a penny by, who breed and change their life circs without any thought as to how they are going to pay their way etc.

    “These plans would just kick people when they are already down.”

    All people are made worse off by the thieving and control-freak antics of the state. Some people are genuine sufferers of unavoidable misfortune. And lots of people are feckless twats who load massive burdens on to society without a thought because Big Daddy will pay.

    ” We need good quality food, not whatever has the most calories at the cheapest price.”

    Now we are getting down to it. Not just food but food she approves of and is entitled to and the magic money tree must provide.

    “We need regular check-ups and to be able to afford prescription medications.”

    Most people–over here in the UK–go to their NHS hack when they feel unwell. Apart from teeth and eyes and the odd extra offered screening–mostly for women. Try suggesting to your GP that you feel fine but you really think you should have a battery of expensive tests just in case. And that is under “free” healthcare.

    “We need treatment for our backs that ache from long hours working jobs that no one else wants to do—like scrubbing your floors, or caring for an elderly person you love.”

    I was carer for an elderly person. I guess I missed out on all the free back massages.

    “Maybe folks like Donald Trump and Paul Ryan need to work one of those jobs. Maybe they need to stand out in the cold of December, ringing a bell in a Santa suit. Maybe they need to go home to an unheated house with bare cupboards, still hungry from their one meal a day at the soup kitchen. They need to go home to children who won’t have dinner. Children who had to sit in an office during recess because their family couldn’t afford to get them a coat that year.”

    Ryan is a political cuck who would probably agree with her while pressing his alarm link to get the goons in to throw her out or shoot her. Trump made himself a billionaire from a 40 mil start. Easier than going from nothing. But if most people were given 40 million and told to turn it into billions, they would lose the lot in short order. Trump doesn’t need to get taxpayer handouts so he can become an advocate of even more tax thieving.

    Esp not one whose story is as dodgy and full of holes as hers.

    “Maybe Donald Trump and Paul Ryan need to spend a night on a pull-out couch, snuggled up next to their children for warmth, only to wake up the next day and do it all over again.”

    If they did so they would be arrested as child molesters.

    “Stephanie Land’s work has been featured on Vox, DAME, Narrative.ly, Manifest Station, through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and as a writing fellow with the Center for Community Change.”

    The above paragraph speaks for itself.

  5. You have no money and are struggling to provide for a child, so naturally you get yourself knocked-up by a different anonymous man who then vanishes.

    But hey – blame Trump.

  6. “I didn’t have a family who could financially or even emotionally support me.”

    And does nobody without a… “family who could financially or even emotionally support me”… manage to succeed without poncing off others – like many of our ancestors in poorer times?

  7. That 2nd pregnancy either smacks of irresponsability if it was unintended, or entitlement if it was.

    As in, “I WANT to keep studying, and I WANT a 2nd baby” irrespective of whether she can afford either.

  8. Stephanie’s failure creates an obligation for me.

    Everyone should be able to screw up – and screw – all they want to, and be protected from any consequences.

    Great model for a country.

  9. And who is this Paul Ryan bogeyman? The only one I know is Speaker of the House, and he’s notorious for NOT DOING ANYTHING.

  10. Maybe Donald Trump and Paul Ryan need to spend a night on a pull-out couch, snuggled up next to their children

    I’m happy to snuggle up next to Ivanka on a pull-out couch if the Donald wants to out-source that responsibility to a forrin worker.

  11. Eventually we were able to move into safe and secure housing I could afford, and it meant I could focus on my chosen career as a writer.

    Ooh, I want to switch careers and be a writer. I didn’t realize the government would pay my rent while I pursue it, for some stupid reason I’ve hung on in there in the oil industry. I’ll resign first thing tomorrow.

  12. The old model involved women marrying men. Who worked. And paid the mortgage. They had children. Who got the best start in life possible.

    The new model involves what? A slut having children with multiple men? Without holding down a decent job? Living off the tax payers? While learning to churn out Leftist drivel?

    Let’s call it the Eat Prey Love model. Yes, that is going to work well.

  13. Theo, if there is a Jane Austen languishing in a battered women’s shelter, do you mind if we leave her there….?

  14. @ Nautical Nick

    There’s little chance of a latterday Jane Austen being found in a women’s shelter. I shouldn’t be surpised if the next J.K Rowling is currently holed up in one or the next unspeakable Hilary Mantel – the putative thinking man’s Diane Abbott.

  15. There’ll probably never be another J.K. Rowling. There’ll be successful writers, but the media is rapidly losing the power to take a successful writer and make them a billionaire.

  16. “Julia, that’s a bit harsh? Theo’s right up there with it most of the time…”

    Bad dog!

  17. BiW
    She’ll live off her whinges and grievances. When the stock runs low, she’ll invent some more. Rinse and repeat.

  18. SMFS

    “Let’s call it the Eat Prey Love model. Yes, that is going to work well.”

    The welfare state is a sugar daddy for feminists. And the consequences are increasing divorce and family breakdown leading to more inadequately socialised and underachieving yoof, crime, violence…etc.

  19. “The welfare state is a sugar daddy for feminists. And the consequences are increasing divorce and family breakdown leading to more inadequately socialised and underachieving yoof, crime, violence…etc.”

    I’ve said it before that they seem to want all the benefits of old-school marriage, but without the whole quid pro quo of it. Unca Sugar doesn’t require conjugal rights, and the cooking and the housework to be done while he’s away earning 100% of the family income…

  20. ‘During the day I worked full-time as a maid, cleaning the houses of wealthy people.’

    Had she cleaned the houses of poor people she might have earned some virtue credits.

    I think she resents people who gave her a job.

  21. It’s like when these girls “fall pregnant”.

    Just one of those things; could happen to anyone at any moment. They’re mystified, apparently.

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