Texas mom speaks out about viral letter to Obama: ‘I’m one of millions’

Yolanda VestalA Texas single mom whose “thank you” letter to President Obama went viral was merely venting the frustrations of many Americans struggling to pay bills in a down economy, she told BizPac Review.

“Sometimes I’m at the store, and I may have $25 worth of groceries to get through the week,” Yolanda Burroughs Vestal said. “Then you see the person in front of you with nicer things and more food, and they’re swiping the EBT card. It’s hard.”

Vestal attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands of Americans when she wrote a letter “thanking” Obama for forcing Obamacare on hard-working citizens at a time when many are “rob[bing] Peter to pay Paul” just to get by.

She told BizPac Review in an interview Wednesday that she sometimes gets philosophical when writing on Facebook, where she posted the letter.

“It was on my mind I had to pay bills,” Vestal said. “All I could think was, how am I going to make it to the end of the month?”

So she began typing. She needed to vent.

“Have you ever had to put an item or two back at the grocery store, because you didn’t have enough money?” Vestal wrote. “I have.”

A divorced mother of two teenage daughters, Vestal also has a son who lives with his father. While she and her ex-husband work together to do what’s best for their children, Vestal said, the economy has changed, putting a financial strain on both households. She makes too much money to receive assistance, she said, but barely enough to get by.

Vestal said she has been overwhelmed by the support pouring in through her Facebook page. She posted a message – this one of genuine thanks — on her Facebook wall, saying:

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you again to everyone that has liked, shared, and commented about my letter to the president. The kindness and generosity is such a blessing. I rarely log on to my Facebook from a personal computer, but today I did, only to find hundreds of heartfelt messages from my fellow American’s in my archived message box. Please know I am reading and trying to respond to everyone as best as I can. Know your kind words mean so very much and are greatly appreciated. They brought tears to my eyes. I’m not a political buff. I’m just an average American who struggles just like so many others. God bless each and everyone of you. My God, my children, and now the support of so many amazing folks keeps me striving. Pray pray pray…Gods love never fails!

Vestal has received offers of help, but she said she’s not looking for handouts or charity, and that’s not the reason she wrote the letter.

“I’m not worthy,” she said. “I’m one of millions.”

She merely wanted to express her opinion that legislation pushed by the administration in the last few years is hurting people.

“Right is right, wrong is wrong,” she said. “What they’re doing is wrong.”

Vestal said she’s received a few negative comments, and some critics have made assumptions about her and her children. But she said she replies with, “God bless you,” and moves on to the next message.

The president was in Dallas Wednesday night for two campaign fundraisers – including a private dinner that commanded as much as $32,000 per plate, according to the Dallas News.

“One plate for dinner is equal to a year’s salary for some of us,” Vestal said.

See also: Texas single mom’s ‘thanks a lot’ letter to Obama goes viral

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • catherinedeanni

    The people who have them EBT cards are beholding to Obama, they want the rest of us to feel pain till we give into them and join these people. Selling our votes & freedom to the government so they keep there power over us. Remember what is given today can be taken away tomorrow when your life depends on one group.

    • Joe Franke

      i dont agree with anything obama does, but to stereotype people who get ebt as people who dont care is just plain ignorant.i have a wife and 4 kids and i lost my job because my boss refused to give me my paycheck. i now work at a min wage job and go door to door pressure washing peoples driveways in order to make ends meet. not everyone who is on ebt is like that. some of us actually need it. so next time you decide to categorize millions of people whom you have never met, you may want to be more educated with more than just your own personal experiences.

      • Nancy Peirce

        Joe Franke, perhaps the question is, ” What will you do, who will you support and vote for, to keep your SNAP card and other government services?” That is really the issue she is addressing. You do realize that the same government that sunk our economy is now the one you are turning to. The best move any of us can make is to shun government services, become self reliant, and make those in federal and state government irrelevant in our lives which will render them powerless over time.

      • Nancy Peirce

        Joe Franke, perhaps the question is, ” What will you do, who will you support and vote for, to keep your SNAP card and other government services?” That is really the issue she is addressing. You do realize that the same government that sunk our economy is now the one you are turning to. The best move any of us can make is to shun government services, become self reliant, and make those in federal and state government irrelevant in our lives which will render them powerless over time.

        • rose mary

          by “shunning” the government it takes money out of his child’s mouth. Are you going to feed his children? Take a stand all you want but sometimes people really need help.

          • Abby Sapp

            Agreed. Specially in this economy, many need help but you are not looking at what is happening here. There is so much fraud involved with the Food Stamp Program and no one is watching. That is why those that need it get less and those that don’t need it pay more.

          • A. S.

            I agree. I went from $134 for two people for a month to $15 a month. Can you live on 25c per person a day? I can’t. But I have to. Or I won’t eat. But I assure you my child will.

          • Leslie Morse

            Do you utilize local charities and food pantries for food help?

          • Phyllis May Salisbury

            Personally I live in TN, work is so hard to find here. I need food stamps after loosing my job. I have been cut from $200 a month to loosing 21.00 next month. I never abuse the system. I know that the 21 bucks I loose will not allow me to buy extra tuna, which is my only protein I eat. I can a day. I do not turn to the food pantries, that I would rather leave for the families to feed their children. Yet I see people abusing the snap benifits all the time. I see the so called parent’s in warm clothing, yet the kids have nothing warm on. I am sick of it.

          • Leslie Morse

            I am so sorry Phyllis. We are struggling here too, in TX. My church has a food pantry and I work there every Tuesday helping distribute food. My own family benefits by getting food for ourselves each week. There is no way we could make it without that help. Maybe if you are available, you could volunteer at a local food pantry? That way it would be more like payment for your time if you got some food too. Trust me, they could probably use the extra help! God Bless you Phyllis.

          • Phyllis May Salisbury

            Hi Leslie, wish you tons of luck. I am not knocking those in need. Just stating how it is in JC TN. I like your idea though. Tried to apply for work and found out it was a Scam after all. Been a busy week sorting that out..I do not have family to feed like others. My kin are in UK..

          • Michael Roe

            The problem is to many abuse the system. As a child of a single mother with 4 other siblings I realize there are those who really need help. My parents were divorced we never received child support. This was in the sixties when food stamps were just that. There was a no hiding the fact when we bought food. When my mother shopped we didn’t get steaks. She didn’t buy ready to eat, microwave dishes. She fixed meals we could eat off several times. I also live Tn and there are jobs if you are willing to do to do them. The company I work for has a hard time filling jobs due the expansion of unemployment benefits. Why work when you can get paid to stay at home? it’s the many who game the system that makes it hard for the few that need it. Welfare and snap cards were not designed as a career opportunity. To many people born into poverty see their mothers relying on government help and grow up that way and are not taught it’s not a good way to live. There should be a time limit on all government assistance. Some sort of initiative to help yourself. But unfortunately the government doesn’t see it that way. They see it as a way of controlling the poor and getting them to vote for them. And it works very well.

          • Connie Scott

            There is a time limit..has been one since 1993 Clinton and welfare reform…No lifers any more.. Adults lifetime welfare would be a 5 year limit.. children born into a welfare home have coverage until 18 but that is not them asking for help before they hit adulthood…A lot of people THINK they know who and how these benefits work..a lot say illegal immigrants get bennies..They do not…Just wanted you to know that there is indeed a time limit on benefits from Uncle Sam

          • delahaya

            Uh, Connie, no there is not anymore depending on what state you live in. Obama gutted that requirement a while back and now it is optional whether states enforce a limit.

          • Phyllis May Salisbury

            I thought I had work housekeeping was posted on a website, they sent me two a day, last night it was another scam. If you know of anywhere near JC area please let me know. I also helped my partner lay a floor we were really doing well until he turned on us both. If were not for bad luck I would have none. There is a lot of seasonal work, but I really need fulltime or as many hours as allowed. Hope to move more towards Elizabethon soon with luck. Maybe I can eventually be able to extend my work area. Gas it not cheap and my car is only a small engine too. I have seen the food stamps war time ones so I know what your saying. I work the local fleamarket to try and make a dollar or two to help pay towards my bills, now facing eviction. Lot of packing to do.

        • Debbie Pruitt French

          Some people cannot afford to “shun” the government. People need to stop judging people that are dealing with situations that have put them in the position to need assistance and start looking at the real problem. Elected officials who line their own pockets, corporations that create the need for government assistance by terminating employees for increased profits, corporations that receive government hand outs, and the rich who pay no where near what they should in taxes. The stupid part of this is that when corporations choose profit over people it is only going to come back to haunt them eventually. Because as we all know lay offs have a domino effect that eventually will reduce their sells. Poor People receiving help is such a minuet amount compared to what the rich take from us.
          They are the ones who can afford to “shun” the government. But believe me they are not going to mess with their meal ticket.

          • Denise Meredith

            Why in GOD`s name can`t this woman and her children get govt help? There-in lies the problem, there are seniors out there as well whom the govt walks right over, yet they took from SS to pay for obamacare. That`s where all the vile thoughts come out. He takes from those who work and gives to those (mostly) who refuse to wrk.

          • A. S.

            I can’t get gov’t help because my son’s CS of $130 a week is “too much”. He is a child with special needs and still in diapers and needs a special diet to gain weight. He is clearly in black and white, a disabled individual but was denied SIX times for SSI. Because I am supposed to be able to support him on $130 a week.

          • TalkDoc

            Get an atty. They will help you file for SSI at no charge. It can be a game getting your claim approved. HANG IN THERE!!!

          • Backgammon

            It is called Transformation! You can thank the Liberals for it.

          • Debbie Pruitt French

            FYI- President Clinton expanded a program in Indiana called IMPACT. It required anyone with children 6 and up to participate in work search. If that individual did not participate their part of the food stamps were sanctioned. This was a great program that assisted many individuals to find work. During that time period many households food stamps were either reduced due to new income or discontinued. Most of these families expressed gratitude for the hand up. The other benefit of IMPACT was that it removed by sanction anyone who refused to obtain work. That is what a liberal president did. Then came the republicans and Impact is almost non existent
            .

          • Frank Newlin

            You must off not been around when Reagan was President as he cut welfare almost to nothing not in just one State but all over but your liberals as soon as he left office went ahead and told the people lay down your shovels and sit on your asses we will support you. He did the same thing in Calif. when he was Governor there for the first time in a hundred years the state was in the black and when Pat Brown jounior took over a Liberal Democrat by the way he put the state back in the red within Six months also telling the people lay down your shovels and sit on your Asses and if you don’t believe it just look at Calif. now as he is once again Governor.

          • Debbie Pruitt French
          • bluebonnet114@yahoo.com

            remember liberals ran Detroit, and they can do the same everywhere they are in power!

          • delahaya

            Debbie, that is simply incorrect. The welfare reform was forced on Clinton by a GOP congress and everyone apparently knows that but you. Also, the GOP didsn’t force any closure of the impact program. Obama however, did gut those time limits you think still exist. Anyway, why is it “cruel” to want people to have a job instead of having to be on food stamps? I don’t begrudge anyone the help, but I’d much rather have a good economy that they can work in.

          • bluebonnet114@yahoo.com

            We should not look to the government to take care of us. The government does not work to live, it lives because we work and pay taxes. Families should take care of families like they used to. The local churches can help.

          • Connie Scott

            “HE” is not taking anything… “HE” does not write the laws…”HE” only signs them..who should you blame and will it make you feel better? CONGRESS AND LOBBYISTS…the freaking president does NOT legislate..when will some of you learn?BTW..Denise..they did not take money from SS…They can’t..it is completely separate…They moved money from medicare http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/12/michele-bachmann/did-president-obama-steal-500-billion-medicare/

          • Vickie Rustad

            The fact remains that Obama does not have to sign anything. He is just as bad.

          • bluebonnet114@yahoo.com

            The government should not be expected to help everyone. I think seniors, handicapped and sick people need help and should get it. Just do not EXPECT the government to take care of you, it is money that the taxpayers have had to pay. There is nothing wrong with expecting your families to help out until things get better.
            The government apparently wants everyone to be beholding to the government and this is not what our forefathers wanted. Learn to say NO to your kiddos and yourself and conserve, I had to, I was raised that way and learned. The government has raided SS money twice and those that never paid into SS get benefits and perhaps most of them are too lazy to work. Families take care of families, like in the so-called “old days”. do not expect others to take care of you AND your family.

          • SD

            Why are you bashing corporations and rich people? You say they don’t pay their fair share or they don’t care and fire people for their own profit, maybe they worked their whole lives saving their money getting promoted etc. I guarantee you they pay a hell of a lot more in taxes then you do, and if they find a loophole to save some money we’ll wouldn’t you? Stop bitching these corps give us our jobs blame the law for loopholes blame the gov. Regulation and taxes for layoffs that’s where the blame belongs.

          • Debbie Pruitt French
          • Al1337

            Don’t waste your time arguing with a liberal. They don’t understand and never will. The top 1% of the country pay 95% of the bills – that’s WAY more than their fair share and it’s enough. The rest of this nonsense is noise. Those are the facts.

          • delahaya

            No one ever got hired by a poor person.

          • Carol Sigler

            There are alot of people that abuse the system and I mean lots. It is sicking to see how many are doing it. Then they have and Iphone in there pocket. Tell me how they got that, but don’t have any food. Wake up people.

          • Debbie Pruitt French
          • SD

            There are a lot of abusers of the system Debbie millions in fact. Take them out of the system and there would be enough money. How much more can we pay? We’re already at 30-40% of our income by the time you take fed, state, property and sales tax what the hell more do u want? Obama wants it all so we can all live off the Gov. Is that what your advocating? Good grief life requires work not handouts.

          • Debbie Pruitt French

            http://feedingamerica.org/how-we-fight-hunger/programs-and-services/public-assistance-programs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/snap-myths-realities.aspx

            People who pay 30-40% in taxes, adjusted gross income is $344,000 or above. People in the $32,000 adjusted gross income range, pay 97% of their income in taxes. Fifty percent of American families fall in the $32,000 adjusted gross income range. I have been working with the poor for 25 years. I don’t know were you got your information but I believe your wrong about millions abusing the system. The web page above gives you information about who receives food stamps. Children, the elderly and the working poor.
            This website gives you information about taxes.

            http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html

          • SD

            That doesn’t make sense, so people making 32,000 live on 3% of their income? I looked at your site so what’s 40% of 350,000? It’s 140,000 a lot more then 3% of 32,000 we all pay way to much to feed this bureaucratic machine we call Gov. Personally I can’t pay anymore, I don’t want an ebt card.

          • Kyle Smith

            “People in the $32,000 adjusted gross income range, pay 97% of their income in taxes.”

            According to your statement, I would only have a take home of $12. You are warping the numbers to lie.

            That 97% is how much income taxes are paid by the top 50% of the population. The top 1% of the population provides 36% of income taxes collected. Fiscal Year 2009.

            Just after the Bush tax cuts, the top 1% provided 33% of the tax revenue. Just a couple years later (and several renewals later), the top 1% paid 37% of taxes average. This is where your attempt at class warfare crumbles to dust.

          • Marty Kirkpatrick

            a fair tax rate would see the top 1% paying 99% of the taxes..

          • delahaya

            Petty envy and jealousy should not be a political philosophy. Guess what would happen once all the successful and wealthy had their wealthy confiscated?

          • Connie Scott

            Look at that…someone didn’t like you post links and facts…must be a Faux news watcher..you keep posting links and showing the truth eventually someone will listen..I did :)

          • bluebonnet114@yahoo.com

            you should not EXPECT the government to subsidize you, no matter what your income is. Lots of people take advantage of others and welfare.

          • delahaya

            No one pays 97% in taxes. Don’t know what you’re smoking but that’s incorrect. The top 10% of earners pay around 85% of all income taxes. I would bet, that when you add up all taxes, including state, local, federal, and property taxes, that a lot of people pay close to 50% of their income in taxes and don’t even realize it.

          • Connie Scott

            You do know a LARGE amount of recipients are our military families right?

          • bluebonnet114@yahoo.com

            sometimes you have to do (shun) what is right for tomorrow to make today better. It is selfish to NOT shun because you will loose something. Yes, it is hard to do this, but it can only get worse if we are living under socialism or worse. I am so sorry about your predicament, but sometimes we have to “make do” to get to tomorrow. I have worked 3 jobs to make sure my kiddos had what they needed, I know how it is. GOD protects us and gives us strength.

          • Connie Scott

            Gods not down here to feed starving kids… but food stamps are..I think real works better then invisible being….

          • bluebonnet114@yahoo.com

            there is no excuse to reap benefits that someone else pays for, afterall the government DOES NOT have a job, they use taxpayer money that other Americans give to the government in the form of taxes! So you should try a garden and save yourself and kiddos from starvation and perhaps you should have put money and food in the pantry for later? I know it is hard, as I was a single mother and worked 3 jobs, so I do know it is hard. However, I never expected “anyone” to take care of me, that is what families are for. I also believe in birth control and I had only 2 kiddos because I only thought I could take care of 2 kiddos. Just do not expect anyone to GIVE you anything, there can be strings. I do believe in helping and I do, but you have to learn to help yourself.

          • delahaya

            True, Debbie. It is also true that taxes the government uses to pay for assistance is money that the private sector doesn’t have to create jobs. The “rich” are not taking anything from you unless you’re talking about Democrat donors using the government to bail out their companies.

        • Kristina Deming

          Yes lets ALL shun the government and sell what lil belongings sum of us have so that we may be able to afford fuel in our vehicles when we will no longer have shelter or food to feed our families!!! Please TRY and think next time you suggest ” we all shun” help!!! I am happy to hear you have this option! There are way tooooooo many that do NOT!

          • Nancy Peirce

            Actually, my suggestion was to make “the government” irrelevant so that when a crisis strikes, such as unemployment or a natural disaster, you have the ability to take care of your family until you get right side up. Look at what happened after Katrina, Ike, and Sandy. Those who depended on government help got left stranded, crying in the streets, “Where is FEMA?” There will come a day when those who now depend on “the government” for welfare, food stamps, and housing will see that help disappear as well. If you are one of those, what are you doing to prepare for that day? If you think you can’t prepare now, then what will you do then? In my opinion, a better solution right now would be to look to your local community as others have suggested. A local food pantry or perhaps a county program if you must. Then try to give some time to the program you are receiving help from so it can keep operating. Those are the programs that have the greatest chance of being there when help from “the government” dries up. BTW, my family did survive two long stretches of unemployment, in the early ’80s and again in the early ’90s. Both times, because we had chosen to have a stocked pantry and to put money away for just that situation, instead of fancy vacations or new cars, we made it. It was tough both times, but we planned ahead in the “good” times and were able to weather those “bad” times. That’s when it pays dividends to be an ant, not a grasshopper.

          • delahaya

            True. But what you and so many don’t get is that every dollar taken out of the private sector is a dollar that can’t be used to expand a business or create a job. It is no coincidence that unemployment and such is so awful during Obama’s administration. Would you rather have people dependent on the government or independent and working?

      • Karlly

        There are people, such as yourself, who are on EBT through no fault of your own and deserve help, which is actually why it was created to begin with, but there are millions who are milking the system for all they can get out of it, particularly illegals, who should get nothing from our country. There are also American citizens who have made public assistance a career path instead of a helping hand when they needed it. It’s these people who should be investigated and dropped! SNAP should have a list of what people can buy while on it and lobster, shrimp and steak should not be a choice, nor should beer or cigarettes. I don’t begrudge anyone a helping hand who has worked to support themselves and their families and find themselves out of a job through no fault of their own. I hope you turned your former boss into the labor board for refusing to give you a paycheck you earned. Last I heard, that was illegal. You should also have applied for unemployment through his company. Finally, try not to be so thin skinned about being on public assistance. There is no shame in needing help sometimes.

        • Nicole M Lee

          I have received assistance, and you are not SUPPOSED to be able to buy alcohol or cigarettes, but I do agree….when I shop for my four kids, there is packs of chicken and ground beef, veggies, fruits…..you know healthy stuff. Although, I have, on special occasions bought treats for my kiddos

        • A. S.

          Beer and cigarettes come from WELFARE not the SNAP. They are both on the same card so it looks like they are using their food money for the crap.

          • Mitchell Vackar

            it is still my tax dollars paying for someone else’s beer and cigarettes. You want to smoke roll your own it is only about 10 bucks a month for someone that smokes a pack a day. And if you want to drink get off welfare.

          • Lisa Inman Martin

            Beer and cigarettes should not be provided for by government money!!

          • Kyle Smith

            SNAP *IS* welfare. Welfare is defined as any kind of gov’t provided public aid, which SNAP is. The cards look the same because they are on the SAME SYSTEM.

            Regardless, public funds should NOT be used to finance people’s bad habits like smoking and drinking.

        • Laur Schultzy

          So stop shaming people when they say they are by insisting they are not “true Americans”, are not working hard enough, or are generally lazy.

          • Leslie Morse

            Not to be rude, but there should be some shame involved. People that do want to work and do not want to be on welfare would be humbled and ashamed to be a charity case. People that do not want to work and are looking for a handout would not care less about getting anything for free.

          • Momofmany

            So your saying my husband who was severely injured on his high paying job due to someone elses negligence and left unable to work, should feel ashamed and humbled because we have to rely on assistance to get our combined family thru the month? Im supposed to be ashamed because I rarely see my husband and children because Im either at one job or the other? I struggle every day to keep my husband out of the ever growing depression that stupidity like this causes because he thinks he is not worthy since he can no longer provide for his family. What about my elderly parents who worked hard all their lives and are now on social security and assistance to get by because their paltry checks barely cover the ever rising housing costs? Should they be ashamed for giving their all for all of those years and them and my husband just curl up and die because they are no longer of any use and just draining the system? How about our children, do you want them to feel ashamed too? Ashamed maybe that they never get to see their mother because shes always working, ashamed that they watch their father suffer in pain every day because there is no insurance since his job is gone and he doesnt have Social Security for medicare, ashamed because the other kids at school make fun of their cheap clothes, lack of electronics, cheap homemade lunches etc. We went from the top of the world to the bottom of the cesspool because of one persons mistake. 9 people in a 3 bedroom falling apart trailer that comes with phone and internet. We are doing everything to the best of our ability to provide for our family and you know what? I am ashamed, not at me or my husband, or my parents, but at our country and what it has become. The people that live well and think anyone who struggles does so because they choose to or are just lazy. So yeah, you were rude, and you meant to be, but thats ok, because I am ashamed enough for you as well, just not for the guilt you are trying to shovel about.

          • Leslie Morse

            Obviously you misinterpreted what my statement was trying to convey. Please reread. I did not saying you SHOULD be ashamed. I said any normal person WOULD be ashamed to have to take charity. My family has also been reduced to handouts. We are not one of the many that “qualify” for government assistance so we have to go to local food banks or charities for help. We are ashamed and humbled by this experience. That was my point.

          • Lisa Inman Martin

            I understand what you are trying to say and I agree. The government has made it much easier for the freeloaders to take advantage of the system because everything is anonymous with an EBT card. If everyone could see that they were handing over food “stamps”, a lot of them would not partake in the system. I personally see a lot of fraud in the system with people that are around me and a lot of them could honestly be working and are not. They get to go to the store and buy “junk food” with their cards when it’s suppose to be used to feed nutritional food to their children. They’ve made it a much more desirable plan than what it was years ago when you had to go to the office to get you rations of milk,your block of cheese and cereal for the kids. So why wouldn’t anyone want the new plan?

          • Leslie Morse

            Yes Lisa, I remember the government cheese and powdered milk that was given out in the 70′s. They also had the ration books of food stamps that told the whole world you were poor if you pulled them out at the grocery store. It was a horribly humiliating experience and even though we were on them at one time, it was very brief – LOL!

          • Connie Scott

            That is WIC…for christ sake educate yourselves..not food stamps..different program…cheese and milk… the booklets with the not quite money were food stamps..and you should not feel ashamed.Not everyone has family they can get help from..and churches do not give as much back as they should..

          • SD

            Stop being offended geez, your situation is exactly what the system was created for. Not for those who simply don’t want to work but want to get something for nothing and complain about it at the same time. Those are the ones who need to learn humility.

          • Nancy Peirce

            So, let me see if I understand your post. Your husband had a great job but didn’t have any insurance, no company workman’s comp, no way to hold the person/company accountable for the “mistake” that injured your husband. Huh, that’s strange. And, your parents, they didn’t provide for their retirement other than think Social Security would be enough even though for at least 20 years we have been reading about SS being under funded or perhaps even outright taken away. Huh, that’s strange. And, you who are working so many hours that your kids hardly see you, yet you have time to get on the internet read the article and then to write such a long post. Huh, that’s strange. And, if indeed you mean by a combined household that your husband is not your children’s father, doesn’t their father help support them? If not, that too is strange.

          • Kyle Smith

            My parents had food stamps (and were ashamed of it) when I was little and delayed getting them as long as possible, and they kept the benefits for only 2 months. Then again, that was back during Reagan when people actually had a sense of PRIDE instead of entitlement.

          • Connie Scott

            Rude? worse than that…. why should you shame them? Because they hit a rough patch…? How many of these people are military? You have NO clue and yet you flap your jaws and insist on shaming them..really? Go back a few centuries…you probably agree with water-boarding too… How about stacks so people can be locked in village square so their fellow citizens can pelt them with rotten fruit…*smh*

        • Marsha James Hardman

          Amen…you hit the nail right on…

      • tommy collier

        The REAL TRUE AMERICANS that actually do need gov’t assistance are not the problem and I do not believe any of this is directed at them. The ones worthy of gov’t assistance will continue to receive help NO MATTER WHO IS IN OFFICE! The problem lies with the ones that are FULLY CAPABLE of getting off their lazy rear ends BUT WON’T! This administration offered “CHANGE”, not “POSITIVE CHANGE”, just plain old “CHANGE” and that’s what we’re getting! catherinedeanni is correct, the current administration wants the masses to be on gov’t assistance. This insures the reign of the democrats, yes reign! Mr. perfect Obama is running this once great nation as if he is KING and does not care who’s affected As long as he can put the US in a situation that insures the democrats a seat in the oval office! When the majority is reliant on the gov’t the majority will continue to vote a democrat into office. Handouts are no different than the “Do not feed the bears” signs. Once a bear is GIVEN food and does not have to work for it he becomes LAZY and EXPECTS free food! What then happens when people stop feeding the bears? The bears come take the food, yep, TAKE THE FOOD at any means possible! This will be no different with the undeserving class act citizens holding their hands out receiving FREE MONEY (snap cards) from the gov’t. Obama understands this and once it reaches that point it will be irreversible for any political party. OPEN YOUR EYES

      • Denise Meredith

        I doubt she includes those that don`t abuse it.

      • Marsha James Hardman

        I just have one reply to your comment: You are one of the luckier ones, you see, most of us dont qualify for ebt because we make a dollar to much, so when you go shopping for all those groceries, do you think about the person with the children in line behind you that maybe like this mother, cant afford that many groceries and cant qualify for that ebt card you have to feed your family…where is ths line drawn? whos to say you qualify and she doesnt? that is the point im sure she is making, you are able to feed your family good hot meals, and she has to put groceries back and go without because she doesnt qualify…

        • Connie Scott

          Blame that on your state..each state has their own guidelines..Texas seems to HATE it’s citizens..it has tried to take everything away and yet still give breaks to people who have money…The state gets money from the fed so Texas ain’t paying for it..the rest of the nation is..just like the rest of the nation paying for all uninsured people who walk into an ER to get treatment..EVERYONE pays for that…

      • Mitchell Vackar

        You lost your job because you didn’t handle the situation correctly. Also no one told you to have 4 kids. Usually when people talk about people on food stamps they are talking about the ones that cheat the system and use ebt to buy shrimp and steak after spending their cash on their new iphone, lottery tickets and cigarettes. I have no college education and I am not on food stamps. I bet there are ways you could cut back on your spending. If it were up to me people that need help would get just what they need to survive. Rice, beans, water, and firewood.

        • Momofmany

          Yeah because healthy children are raised on rice, beans and water. SMDH.

          • Lexi Butler

            Rice and beans are healthier than what most of the people on food stamps are throwing in their carts. And before you say I don’t know what I am talking about I have been a cashier for more years than I care to remember and I see it everyday.

        • Connie Scott

          asshat

      • http://rosiewolf.com/ ROSIEWOLF

        i’m a disabled veteran, living on a va paycheck.. i can’t work, and my SNAP is a whopping $15.00 a month.. i was getting sixteen, but they dropped it a dollar this month because of the new law. talk about squeezing out every penny for food–that’s what i do. a lot of eggs and taters.

      • delahaya

        Joe, obviously you are not the person she is mentioning. Everyone is so dang sensitive and defensive in this country now. I am glad you have help when you need it. You should be able to understand the frustration of those of us who get in line behind a mother and daughter dressed to the nines with two overflowing carts of food, who pay with EBT and then have the bag boy take their food out to their nice Escalade. That is not an urban legend. I have witnessed it with my own eyes more than once.

    • ‘Rockin Roddy

      Get real, don’t be so ignorant.

    • Karlly

      Nobody who has the EBT cards is beholden to Obama unless they let themselves be. There are people who genuinely need help and this is why public assistance was created to begin with. As long as they qualify without lying about their situation, I have no problem with them. Unfortunately, there are millions who took advantage and kept taking advantage. Then there was some moron in Congress who decided illegals, most of whom pay no taxes, should get public assistance and now we have illegals coming to our country in droves. Cut them off! Maybe they’ll actually go back to their own country and beg! I don’t believe public assistance will ever disappear in this country, but I hope illegals will be cut off and also these people getting assistance and still getting tats, buying booze and cigarettes with the money they and driving new cars every year. I read one account where the grandmother told the daughter she was the “breadwinner” for the family now and she started having children every year and the grandmother turned her in for not taking “proper care” of them and got custody and makes $200K per year in public assistance raising her own grandchildren. These are the types of people who need to be stopped. One child while you’re on public assistance and any more and you’re cut off! PERIOD! In fact, it really should be limited to two years and then not eligible again for five. People would have to get jobs then and maybe more than one. People do it all the time.

      • Tonya Cain

        obviously u have never been in these shoes….I have….I was a single mom of one and couldn’t get much assistance definitely not enough to not have to work…I worked full time and paid daycare for my child..lived on my own and got married and had another child and my husband died and I had to apply for assistance again….in less than five yrs this all happened….so blow ur comments somewhere else till u have walked in their shoes….I am now an RN travel nurse and put myself through school while being a single mother of two.!!!!!!!!!!

        • Bonny

          I have been in those shoes and I still agree with Karlly. I am an American and I did not receive any welfare or benefits. I chose to have a child and I paid for said child. When I remarried and had another child we continued to do so. If the “benefits” were not there people WOULD find a way to take care of their families. They did it many many years ago before public assistance was put in place and they need to do it now. Public assistance should be SHORT TERM…6 months or so is plenty of time to find some sort of job to pay bills,

          • Laur Schultzy

            Tell that to the people who have been looking for jobs for two+ years thanks to closing of the manufacturing sectors in the US or lost jobs in construction when the economy bust.

          • Lisa Inman Martin

            Usually when someone can’t find “A’ job, it’s because they are picking and choosing they job they think they deserve! If it actually came to working and feeding your family or starving, ANY job will do…even McDonalds!!

          • Shelby White Lesch

            Tell that to places like WalMart and McDonald’s who look at a person with past work history of higher paying jobs and disqualify them because they figure they won’t be satisfied working at their businesses. And therefore will not hire certain people. How dare you assume that long term unemployed people have not tried these avenues. Many have tried and have been passed over because the are “over qualified”. So get off your high horse already.

          • Lexi Butler

            There are jobs out there, people just don’t want to do them. The company I work for is always trying to hire. Most of those that do apply only do so to keep their benefits and make a mockery of the interview so they aren’t offered a job. You might have to work more than one job to make up for a previous one but it can be done. I did this with my son as a single mom, I made $8 hr and that was to much for us to receive any kind of help. I found a second job and did it on my own.

      • Nicole M Lee

        I agree to a point, but. What if a single mom, who works two jobs still can’t make end meet?

    • Cori Kessler

      Are you serious catherinedeanni?! Sure there are many people out there that fool the government and get what they want if they need it or not. But there are millions of others out there that keep their kids and them selves alive with that EBT card. People that bust their butts every day to make ends meet and still fall behind. So don’t judge others till you have walked in their shoes. Shame on you and any one else for downing people that do what they have to do take care of their families!

      • Marsha James Hardman

        but there are also millions of us out there that dont qualify to these nice groceries..we have to keep paying for yours and others and still starve our children and ourselves because we make a dollar to much to qualify. that is what makes this whole system stink…because you that get services can have nice hot meals free, but those of us that dont qualify and barely make ends meet and are paying for your hot meals do tend to get a little upset…no pun intended…just sayin’

    • lokiswife

      Catherine, not everyone who has an EBT card really wants it, but they need it to survive in this crappy economic climate. Look at the people who were fulltime employees until recently when employers started using the 30 hour rule in Obamacare – they didn’t have to provide insurance for employees working 30 hours a week or less, so employees got their hours cut and their insurance disappeared. If you are in a low paying job and you lose 25% of your income, how do you survive?
      The second group of people with EBT cards who would rather stand on their own two feet are retired people and seniors. Years ago, before 401Ks, people saved for their retirement by putting money into bank CDs which paid about 5% interest and added to their Social Security and any pensions. Now those CDs pay less than 1/2 of 1% interest, a 90% cut in that income. These people grew up with a strong work ethic, worked most of their lives, and now they are trying to survive with a good chunk of their income gone. How do you survive?
      If they had their choice, they would be standing on their own two feet and taking care of themselves and their families…Unfortunately it isn’t working out that way for them. People are going to food banks for the first time in their lives to survive, many of them volunteer to help at the bank to “pay back” for their food…If you were one of these people would you vote for the jerk that is causing the problems?

    • Ashleigh

      You are one of those ignorant people who cannot feel empathy for others! The reason that I got my EBT card was because my daughter and I got away from my fiance with the clothes on our back. She was 4 months old! A horribly abusive relationship!!! I decided to not be too proud and humbled myself. I am now happily married and about to be in a position to get off the assistance all together!!! I am proud of myself and the long hours I worked for almost nothing and am about to graduate college and get on with my life. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay in a hotel until I could get on my feet 3 years ago. 3 years of food stamps and now I am about to say goodbye to it! I know that not everyone has the goal to get off of the assistance but I do and the fact that you and people like you can slump everyone together just makes me feel sorry for yall. I am a God loving person that wishes you a change of heart but if you continue living with your cold heart….I’m sorry. I’ll pray for you. God Bless.

      • sikathelibsheet

        Well Ashleigh, maybe you should have had a husband not a fiance before you
        had a 4 month old you had to escape with from an abusive relationship. Which was
        probably abusive before you got pregnant. In that case you would not have needed
        and EBT card. Glad your life is doing better.

        • evalderramaster

          Judge not that ye be not judged!

          • sikathelibsheet

            Not a judgement, just an observation.

  • awakeawareomshanti

    I’m mad as hell and not going to take it ANYMORE!!

  • Farnsworth

    Liberals only care for other liberals. This new entitlement, that we can’t pay for, is to drive people like her into the ares of the government.
    America isn’t a place for hard working Americans who have honor and spirit. it’s not about right or wrong, good or bad. It’s about government being the dispenser of the liberties they think you deserve, the pseudo freedoms your allowed to have, it’s about how much of your money they allow you to have.
    Oh lady, your kids will never know the America you and I grew up in, it’s gone…

    • Laur Schultzy

      So, you’ll be forfeiting your social security when you retire then? Because if you take it, then you’ll be mooching off the system that I helped pay for.

      Stop looking at everyone who needs help as a leech. Yes, there are people that abuse the system and they are aggravating and frustrating to everyone, regardless of political affiliation. But claiming EVERYONE ON EBT SHOULD JUST GET A JOB is ignorant and mean-spirited. The fundamental problem with conservative ideology is ALL MINE;NONE FOR YOU. Why can’t we help out those that need extra assistance? If the roles were reversed, do you really think you wouldn’t be trying to get help from your local, state, and federal government if you could?

      It is exhausting to hear that people who receive the benefits of our government EVERY SINGLE DAY (road maintenance repair, regulations on food items and consumer goods, workplace discrimination laws and protection) are constantly bemoaning the government’s involvement in their lives.

      And for the record. YES, I am a leftist liberal. And I think everyone should get the help they need. And the only reason I came upon this article is because my uber conservative mother whom has children (not me) and grandchildren that benefit from social programs on the federal and state levels still rails against the large government that is helping her family stay healthy and fed.

      • Karlly

        Social security is different than public assistance. WE paid into ss as did OUR EMPLOYERS and the gov’t did not match the funds. We are basically getting our ss money from a savings acct the gov’t forced on us. They really should be paying us all the interest OUR money has earned over the past 40 years as well.

        • Bonny

          I agree 100! People really need to learn the difference between a handout and receiving what you have paid into and EARNED. But I guess that if you don’t pay in then you don’t get anything…except another handout.

          • Linda

            Thousands and thousands of people are receiving social security benefits who have never paid one penny into the system! Millions have received much more money than they paid into the system!

          • Bonny

            If a spouse receives SSI from what his/her spouse earned then it is basically the same thing. They both can not draw off of the same account at the same time. But the widow/er can after their spouse dies. It was designed that way back when women tended to be SAHM’s and did not earn their own Income. And there is nothing wrong with that.

      • Karlly

        By the way, I don’t know what you think our taxes are for if they aren’t to fix our roads and bridges, etc., not to mention paying the salaries for the massive gov’t in DC. Apparently you don’t know that much about conservative ideology either because, I for one, believe in helping people who need help as long as they are American citizens and aren’t actually leeches who are able to work. We cannot support the whole world, although Obama seems to be trying by sending billions to foreign countries, at least when he isn’t spending millions on vacations several times a year. No, I don’t begrudge him a vacation, but really, how many paid vacations does YOUR employer provide annually? One paid vacation per year is fair for anyone, two max for the president, and when our economy is in the tank, several exotic vacations in one year is a bit much. Anything over and above that, HE can afford to pay for himself along with paying the secret service employees himself. Anybody with any common sense will agree to that one! Speaking of secret service employees, lifetime protection for the president and his family from now on??? Really??? Ten years wasn’t enough or even fifteen or twenty, now it’s lifetime??? Thinking back, he’ll probably need it since he’s the most hated president this country has ever had.

        • Em

          I had the same response reading this post. I don’t generally comment to these boards, nor do I designate between left and right most days. But posts like this one allow me to see where the mindset obviously differs and how misinformed and uneducated people are about issues (i.e. social security paid for by others?). If I write much more I won’t be able to stop. This country is in the tank economically and morally. If you haven’t ever listened to uber conservative Paul Harvey’s 1965 speech, find if on youtube and watch. It is scary, but right on point!

        • hipEmom

          You only believe in helping American citizens?

          Christian?

          • Bonny

            I believe in offering short term help to those that are here LEGALLY. If not, then no, I do not believe in helping criminals. Because that is that they are. Ans yes, I am a Christian. Just not a bleeding heart liberal.

          • hipEmom

            Yeah, I guess that’s what Jesus would do. :/

          • Bonny

            I never said I was Jesus, and for that matter neither are you! Jesus would accept anyone but would not endorse anyone breaking laws.He would feed someone A…stress that…A meal. NOT money and groceries continually for months/years on end. He was a carpenter and came from a poor family. He grew up poor. And I absolutely do not believe that He would ever endorse illegal behavior and also said to follow the laws of your governments. The only exception is if said government goes against the 10 Commandments. And there is NO commandment that says that we are to financially support individuals that have BROKEN a law and are here mooching off of our tax dollars!

          • Lexi Butler

            Just for the record…

            2 Thessalonians 3:10

            “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

            Sounds to me like that is exactly what Jesus would do.

          • hipEmom

            Oh, I was unaware that it was Jesus speaking in that verse. It was Jesus, right? Maybe not. I think Jesus is the one that said feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, heal the sick. Oh, I also think he said something about whatever you do to the least of my brothers….

          • evalderramaster

            I’ll observe while you guys bicker over which Jesus you prefer.

          • patrick shown

            Thats right only american citizens!!!!!!!!!!

          • Lisa Inman Martin

            Well, we do have lots of homeless, starving people in America and we keep sending all of our money to foreign countries to feed their starving, homeless people! Help begins at home, then if there’s any left, you can help other countries!!

          • Guest

            Could it be that maybe most of that money ends up in the hands of the corporations that own us and everything else?

          • Lexi Butler

            Charity begins at home, if we have homeless and starving people in this country why should we be helping those in other countries (especially considering half of those countries either hate the US or don’t allow us in their countries). And no illegal in this country Should receive any assistance. They are here illegally, let the go back to their home and mooch.

        • Lisa Inman Martin

          Well, I personally think that if he wants to take a vacation with his family, HE should have to pay for it! No one pays for my vacations and that’s why I haven’t had one in, say, 7 yrs!

      • Kenneth Clark

        Social Security was not intended to be the Public Dole as it is today. It initially was set aside for a retirement supplement that each working individual and their employers contributed to for the employee. However, Government, in its infinite wisdom, decided to open this account to the General Fund so as to spend, spend, and spend some more. Now as with all the Government attempts to do, Social Security has been in trouble for many years. It was never to be a general slush fund for government to spend. Had the Government left it alone and allowed it to gain with interest, it would not be in trouble.

        • evalderramaster

          I’m just hoping it lasts longer than I do! (I’m 88)

      • Farnsworth

        My goodness, such a touchy little libby….

        First of all idiot, I paid into the SS system, but the moneys gone, raided by the clinton admin. that money has been mismanaged and frankly, i should be able to sue the government and get it back so I can manage it…but the law will never let that happen.

        Secondly fool, SHOW ME where I said this lady was a leech. She certainly deserving of help, but no, I’m sure some ghetto sow with her legs up in the air is getting her share.

        Thirdly peaches, show me where I told anyone to get a job. Why would I do that in this Obama economy?

        fourthly princess, “The fundamental problem with liberal ideology is ALL OF YOURS is Theirs and ALL OF MINE IS MINE.

        Fifthly kitten, Yes, I would seek assistance and try to get off of it as soon as possible. it’s assistance, not hammock, you can reason the difference can’t you???

        Seventhly sport, big difference between being involved and controlled. I can’t even choose my health insurance anymore, can I??

        And in conclusion, I am proudly a conservative and smart enough to see the erosion of freedom, liberties and destruction of moral America. I am PROUD not to be a sheep and go along with the herd. I am F’n PROUD, not to be a group thinker goose stepping with you libs down the road of communism and one party rule. But since you are lib, who is oh so giving and so above us all intellectually and morally, I EXPECT you to help me out. I paid for 2 kids to go to college out of my own F’n pocket. They qualified for NOTHING of the educational freebies that others get, so send me some money…in fact show me how a good liberal is supposed to behave, send me all of it. If not, STFU, and get off your high horse and pull your head out your butt

        • Laur Schultzy

          It really diminishes the value of your argument when you have to resort to calling me an idiot for stating my own opinion. I never called you an “idiot”, “fool”, or condescending-yet-disguised insults, so I’m going to assume your attack on my intelligence through name-calling is to make up for the lack of yours.

          First of all, mismanagement of funds have been happening with every president. In fact, with Clinton, social security was at it’s healthiest, and the country was receiving the benefits of an economic surplus. It wasn’t until the 2000s, when our already bloated defense budget grew to more than the other top 20 GDP-grossing countries combined due to entering in a series of wars that we had no business starting or participating in.

          Second: “Liberals only care for other liberals. This new entitlement, that we can’t pay for, is to drive people like her into the ares of the government.
          America isn’t a place for hard working Americans who have honor and spirit.”
          - Here you are implying that SHE is exception while other who may need assistance or seek it out my the government are leeches. “She certainly deserving of help, but no, I’m sure some ghetto sow with her legs up in the air is getting her share.”

          That is a harsh, and disgustingly blanket generalization about people on government assistance. Many of these people, like my aforementioned family DO have jobs, and work more than one to support their family. You do not know their situation and it is very easy for you to write oft for create blanket generalizations because it’s easier for you to rationalize the “degradation” of the country, instead of looking at a newspaper or new channel not owned and operated by Murdoch.

          Fourth, I was making my own points. I did not make them to be contrary to yours. If you believe you are correct in all your statements, then you shouldn’t be defensive against those that challenge you if you what believe is gospel.

          Fifth, once again: a generalization of those on government assistance. Assuming that SO MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE are spending their lives collecting checks. Yes, some are. And that is not right, but stop looking at the VERY LOUD, VERY MINOR subsection of a group as representative of a whole.

          [As a side bar: I believe that is why your party is seeing such a decline in support as the Tea Parties have taken over as the voice of conservatives versus being a subsection of them].

          Sixth, perhaps is everyone had access to healthcare like Canada or most of Western Europe, we wouldn’t have to worry about health insurance carriers or corporations who are consistently putting profits over the care of their customers. But thanks to the Republican Party and their adamant stand against socialized, free, open healthcare that would benefit EVERYONE, we have the current Affordable Care Act with caveats and restrictions that were voted on by both parties in both Houses, and deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court.

          Also, you can choose your health insurance. Visit healthcare.gov, and you will find more regulated options designed to make sure that insurance companies will not nickel-and-dime you as they have been for decades.

          Also, how to feel about pro-life issues? You state that there is a difference between being “involved and controlled”. You’re right. So please do not try to control mine or any women’s body when it comes to our own choices about what is best for us and our families.

          Once again, I am pleased to see that you believe so strongly in what you say that you are willing to pack it up with logical facts and reasoning. OH WAIT. You didn’t. You swore, told me to “STFU, and get off your high horse and pull your head out your butt”. With rhetoric like that, it’s no wonder that the public opinion of your party is in the toilet.

          I’m also amazed it took you almost a day to write back to me with this very hard-hitting insult to my intelligence. I hope this didn’t keep you up to late last night.

          • Laur Schultzy

            Also, if we’re going to play the insult game: there’s a number between 5 and 7, genius.

          • Leslie Morse

            You sound like a hired hand. If you were a real person (versus sock puppet) you would not sound like some kind of government advertisement.

          • Laur Schultzy

            I didn’t realize being an informed American made me a puppet. My bad.

            Oh wait. It’s not.

    • evalderramaster

      IF it was ever more than an illusion.

  • Amy LaBelle

    I have been a nurse for 17 years. I was terminated because I became a whistle blower against the company I worked for. I also took care of my mom for over 7 years. I lost my job in December and just lost my mom in September. god rest her soul. I have not been able to find a job since. I do get ebt assistance (189,00) which I thought I would never need. I don’t like it one bit but I do need to eat. I have worked since I was 10 years old an now am 50. I have herniated and bulging disks in my back and a twisted pelvis I am in constant pain. I still look for work. believe me I am not beholden to that so called American that some stupid people voted for. that is my personal opinion. I do thank god for giving me what I do need to survive as I know he will cont to do so. I always try to help those less fortunate them I am. I have even opened my home for people to live that are homeless because no one should be that. so lets all work together and stand united. with god’s help we will get through this. love ya all. and god bless

    • Karlly

      You ma’am deserve any assistance you can get. There are some people on public assistance who have never worked since they were old enough to work and will not work even though they are able bodied. Never be ashamed of receiving what your taxes paid for to begin with! You are another one who should be drawing unemployment from your former employer!!

  • JBluen

    To understand the consequences of taking charity from “compassionate” liberals, just look at Detroit. The place looks like it has been bombed out.

    Sure, you can buy groceries with your shiny EBT card, but you’re destroying your entire community by increasing dependance on Obamabucks. Detroit is your future.

  • Lynn Jennings

    God bless you Yolanda. I was a single mom for 11 years and it was the hardest thing I ever did. Mr. Obama is the worst president of all time. Keep on praying, God is with you.

  • Sandra Alton

    You said everything thing that needed to be said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!God bless you and ur family!

  • Calloway McSmithing

    Reading all this nonsense make me look forward to 2024 when Texas will flip blue thanks to the immigration tipping point. Then you people can cry in the streets while your state votes to elect Elizabeth Warren to the office of the president.

    • lisa trifone

      BWWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

      • Calloway McSmithing

        Laugh now. The rapidly swelling Latino population in Texas will have the last one, though.
        Unless Texas pulls a Texas and makes it illegal to vote while brown. That seems like a real possibility.

  • hipEmom

    Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the ignorance.

  • SaraJane Parker

    92 days of vacation for Obama, and 367 for Bush over the same length of time. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/obama-has-taken-less-vacation-time-than-bush-did/2136880

    And do you really think Mitt Romney would be more in touch with what this woman is going through?

    • Lexi Butler

      Bushes “vacations” did not bankrupt the taxpayer. If you do your homework you will see that most of his “vacation time was spent at his own ranch” not jet setting all over the world with his classless wife and children.