Former IRS employee whines about needing food stamps for fresh fish and strawberries

The liberal media has a never-ending propaganda campaign to convince everyone of the worthiness of the welfare state and the supreme virtuousness of everyone on the dole.  Their latest effort came in the WaPo as a retiree named Gladys Morris claimed she needed food stamps to survive.  Her story is interesting, because apparently she is a former employee of the IRS and the Post Office.

I’ve worked for the IRS, at a local hospital and at a Post Office. For several years, I drove a school bus in Crestwood, Ill. No matter what I did though, I couldn’t quite manage to make ends meet and save for retirement. Sure, I saved what I could. But most of my income went toward buying a house and keeping food on my table.

Really?  Are most IRS employees and post office employees on food stamps?  I'm guessing not.

So when I retired at 74, though I’d worked for 56 years, I didn’t have the income I needed to buy food. After all, seniors have lots of expenses. Though I moved into a one-bedroom apartment, my only income was $853 a month in Social Security.

Why didn't Morris get a pension from the IRS or the Post Office?

 I couldn’t afford a diet of healthy, nutritious meals. At the grocery store, I would skip the fresh fruit and vegetable aisle — to me, produce was a luxury. Instead I would buy bread, milk, eggs, beans, rice and chicken, just the basics when I could.

Chicken is cheaper than vegetables?  In what world?

Then she went on welfare, getting food stamps, and everything was wonderful.

I’m so glad I did. I remember the first time I went grocery shopping with my food stamps. I filled my cart with chicken, beef, eggs, milk, coffee, bacon, oatmeal, apples, bananas, orange juice, strawberries and grapes. I went home and stocked my freezer with the extra meat that I was now able to afford. That first month, I cooked a roasted chicken with dressing. I made spaghetti and meatballs. I bought fresh fish, not just canned tuna.

Isn't it great that taxpayers get to pay for her to eat fresh fish and strawberries?

Missing from this article is even the most cursory examination of her career, and an explanation why she didn't get a government pension.  Did she simply get bored and quit her jobs?  Was she fired for cause?  There is no explanation – simply an uncritically excepted statement that she used to have government jobs, and now, for some reason, we are required to support her tastes in fresh fish and strawberries.  And what was wrong with Morris eating chicken and rice with her own money instead?

Even this one-sided propaganda perspective doesn't stand up to a cursory examination.  If they want to write compelling sob stories, the liberal media are going to have to work harder than this.

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.

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