This picture of poverty is taken from Google. But you can drive almost anywhere in Alabama and see children living in these conditions, and much worse, living in filth with huge holes in the floors and going hungry. Why? Because the relative or household adults, or parent(s) are on drugs, often selling Food Stamps for them, while the government agencies pack off responsibility on the next agency.
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Dear Alabama Governor, Congressmen, Senators, and Agency Authorities,
I can’t give you any names on a public forum, but I got a call recently from someone I’m well acquainted with who was so frustrated and mad she was crying. She was trying to report someone who had broken the law — a law considered a felony. She was attempting to report a man with a wife and children who received hundreds of dollars worth of Food Stamps each month, yet his children went hungry, because he sold their Food Stamps for drugs.
The woman fears the children are in danger. She may be in danger. So what are you doing about it? You are so busy passing the buck from one agency to another, nothing can get done. It’s been some weeks since it happened, but no agency I know of has said, “Okay, the buck stops here. I’m taking responsibility.”
At first she called the Food Stamp number. (I’m assuming they have a special number for fraud?) They pawned her off to DHR. She called DHR who told her she needed to call the Food Stamp authorities. She called Montgomery, the state capital. “You don’t need to be calling us”, she was told, “you need to call your county.” If all government agencies are so gnarled that you don’t know who’s responsible for what, there needs to be a MAJOR overhauling.
Finally, out of frustration, and a need to tell SOMEBODY, she put it out on Facebook, but was accused of harassment. This is a very deep and involved situation that I can’t tell here, but any number of people would be willing to cooperate. Most of my information comes second-hand, but don’t you people investigate anymore? I’m here to tell you that people who try to step forward to do the right thing in this day and time are putting life and limb on the line. You need to be there for THEM, too.
I’m asking. What do you do when children suffer; when taxpayers are defrauded of money they can ill afford? On the other hand, I know destitute people who are on Food Stamps who desperately need them and take care of their children as best they can. Every year they go hungrier and hungrier. Why? Because the ones who legitimately need the assistance are being shoved out by those whose appetite is for drugs. And we’re paying to subsidize these addicts.
Listen to the cries of the hungry, why don’t you, and take the addicts off your roles. A simple drug test might tell you what you need to know. Go check out the house and refrigerator and pantries. If they are empty with lots of assistance coming in, it might give you a clue. Are your hands tied by government restrictions? Let the public know about it. Because if you don’t, we’ll just assume you’re not doing your job, and that you are also taking our hard-earned money and not providing the service it is paying for.
I want to know why a desperate person can’t help alleviate the suffering of children, and at the same time save the taxpayers from fraud. They could do so if someone would listen. But you’re not listening..