We have angrily shuddered at stories about steak and lobster being purchased by food stamp recipients, while we struggle to use coupons, find sales, and otherwise stretch our food dollars to buy the basics. Apparently, word of this sort of abuse (and surely much more) has filtered to the top of the Trump administration:
A friend once watched a bum use food stamps to buy bottled water. He left the store with a shopping cart full of water bottles purchased with our tax dollars. He went behind the store and poured out all the water, then returned the empty bottles for the deposit….which he then used to buy fortified wine!
Welfare and food stamp fraud is rampant, and this one clever way to reduce it, saving taxpayers a modest sum. Why would anyone object to a program that truly does what it is intended to do? Well, the opposition comes from leftists and exposes their desire to have everyone dependent upon a bloated government bureaucracy at serves their big-government notions.
The current Welfare and SNAP program (“food stamps”) make it too easy, too comfortable for recipients to stay on these doles throughout their lives. By focusing on the intended goals of being temporary aids for a person who is down on their luck to survive, a program that focuses on the basics without added convenience is a reminder that this aid is intended as temporary, and able-bodied recipients must re-double their efforts to find work or seek retraining, to stand on their own two feet.
When liberals hear suggestions that illegal immigrants should be deported and physically-able, unskilled Welfare recipients should take those job, they are outraged that this sort of work is cruel and unusual punishment. Well, if that is all you are able to do, why the hell not? Most people, at one time or another in their lives, take jobs that they do not like, for the sole purpose of earning income. Why should Welfare recipients have it any better? If they do not like the stoop labor, they can make an effort to improve their skills so they can improve their job qualities and income. That is the American Way– the carrot at the end of the stick, to better ourselves so we can have better jobs and more income.
The Trump administration’s proposal is certainly a step in the right direction, and to replace unending reliance on handouts with training and education may be the next step. A simple way to achieve independence may be for the Welfare check to be a diminishing quantity each month, with encouragement for training and menial job placement, would go a long way toward promoting independence and separating the lazy and unmotivated from those that are truly unable to work due to mental and/or physical disabilities.