- Posted October 11, 2012 by
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Final presidential debate: Unanswered questions
Disabled & Poor Americans
Which candidate is going to bring down the cost of living? The nonmedical side of life, you don't see this addressed, only medical topics discussed. We the disabled & poor are portrayed as bums/victims. I am disabled with multiple serious health conditions. I am on SSI diablility in KY, the max a person on disability receives is $698 per month, this is my only income, & although i am grateful for every penny, i pay $200 month rent/mortgage/rent to own, & avg. $50 a month for home propane/gas, $100 avg electric, $14 month for trash service, $73 month for auto ins., $115 month auto loan, $46 month phone, this is bills every month, leaving only $100 to live on for household cleaning supplies, personal cleaning supplies, gasoline for auto, money for maintenance of auto,home owner's/renters insurance, property taxes, & etc. Some people's living arrangements do not qualify for them for the tax breaks, & etc. Could either one of these candidates live on $100 per month to do everything else? That's not even enough for a tank of gas for our auto to do us all month, as I am unable to work, and SSI is my only income, food stamps only cover about 20 days of food per month, leaving 10 days on avg needing food as well. I do appreciate the income, I am grateful for SSI, but it is impossible to live on, & if you make $25 somewhere, they take $25 from you on SSI & food stamps,, this system is designed where we can't help ourselves, i know for over 20 yrs now, excluding home you live in & one auto, you can only have $2000 in resources, a second used spare vehicle for $2000 20 yrs ago, was at least an emergency vehicle that would run, now if you have a seond vehicle for back up, if its value is $2000 or less then it doesn't even run, How is/does the sick, disabled & poor suppose to make it in this economy/this country? Doesn't anyone care, or is the whole idea to make us struggle as much as possible to stay alive?, we have dr appt's to go to, meds not covered we need (like OTC's), etc. We don't expect to live like millionaires, but we would like to be able to afford the basics of life. Our american dream was not to be disabled or poor, & sick, we didn't asked to be plagued with illnesses/diseases. Who is going to care about us the poor, where is our tax break, we don't get a break, every month, month after month, we really struggle. We are not unappreciative, we are at the mercy of America, & we are portrayed as bums & victims, but yet you give millions away to countries that turn on you over things like a movie. I can't even afford to buy clothes, towels, etc. Could you live this way? As if our medical problems isn't enough to have to deal with, we deal with poverty every day, struggling with hunger & basic necessities. What will you do to help the poor & disabled & elderly in this country? We need a break, not the millionaires, they are not struggling, they don't worry about having food on the table, whose going to bring cost down in this country, so people can survive? Is the government wanting us to starve & die out? We are disabled when we sign up, we become victims after we sign up, cause it's a cycle of constant struggle & poverty. We are 50 million people, 50 million votes. Explain SSI & Social Security, & Food Stamps, what would you do to help this group in America. Or do you want to see more & more people standing on hwy's with signs, saying "Will work for food" or " Please help we need food", is that what you want, I use to be a middle class citizen prior to being disabled, now i couldn't be any poorer. Which of you can live on this, which of you care about this issue? Just to clarify, i am not asking the government to give me more money. I want to know which candidate is going to lower the cost of living, lower the cost of gasoline, lower the cost of utilities, lower the cost of food, etc. Which candidate is going to help bring the rising cost of everything back down to earth? Because even those working, whom is making minimum wage or not much more, is in the same boat as me, the hardworking manual labor poor is also experiencing not being able to make ends meet.
The cost of everything in this nation is unrealistically overpriced, especially if it is american made.