Out Of The Mouths Of… Errr…

Twenty-three-year-old Dominique Pleasant is sitting nearby with her two daughters. They’re all drinking cans of cola.

Like more than a quarter of people in the Bronx, Dominique qualifies for food stamps.

“Food stamps is free money from the government to purchase food,” she explains.

Thanks, Beeb! I couldn’t have illustrated it better myself!

But what this is really about is a potential ban on the types of things you can buy with your ‘free money from the government’:

Now the city’s waiting to hear if the federal government in Washington will allow a ban on spending food stamps on fizzy drinks.”I think it’s stupid,” says Dominique. “It makes no sense. The air we are breathing is bad but they aren’t trying to stop that.”

Of course, Dominique, you could just start to earn your own money? That comes with no strings attached, after all…

Meanwhile, the Beeb is still unaware there’s no such thing as a free lunch over here, too:

At the moment 16 to 18 year olds from the poorest families are provided with a free school meal, if they stay on at school.But those who go to college do not get one, something the government admits is “a concern”.


Catherine is a 19 year old student studying business at the college. She thinks that it is unfair that pupils are missing out on a free school meal“Not everyone suits an academic setting of A levels. If you are trying to do the best for you to achieve, why should you be punished on something you should rightly have.

She’s going to be a credit to the world of business, isn’t she?

5 comments for “Out Of The Mouths Of… Errr…

  1. Robert the Biker
    June 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Teh stupid! It burns! 😎

    • June 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      And there’s always more where it came from, too!

  2. June 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    The distinction between school and college is an interesting one which some councils exploit.
    Our kids went to the local secondary, but it had no 6th form so they had to transfer to the local college for A levels. Being a college – although the nearest one – it was assumed to be elective education so there was no travel help available for the considerable rural travel involved. Meanwhile students of the same age continuing onto A levels at larger secondary schools in the area continued to get free travel passes.
    So the council effectively saved their money by closing 6th forms in schools and centralising A levels into a college, passing it onto parents.
    One does wonder if there might be more to the story?

    • June 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      That situation is certainly a wrinkle that should have been foreseen by our top-class civil service, it’s true…

  3. Tatty
    June 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

    “The air we are breathing is bad but they aren’t trying to stop that.”

    Nope, advice from WHO that diesel fumes definitely cause cancer and to combat the problem we are offered “hints and tips to avoid exposure”.

    No plain packaging, no bans in public areas, no scary adverts aimed at children and no incitement to denormalise and harrass drivers of diesel vehicles.

    The inconsistency, the hypocrisy, the irony. 😐

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