October 8, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
4 Responses to “Pat Buchanan: No Food Stamps Unless Poor Turn to Cannibalism”
Ironically, this Potato Famine mick should be an expert in starvation and cannibalism.
A couple days ago I was in the checkout line at the grocery store. In front of me was a really fat woman with two kids. She paid for her food, including a couple cases of soda (not diet) with the food stamps account on her EBT card. Then she paid for a $52 carton of cigarettes and a two six packs of beer with the TANF account on the EBT card. As one of the taxpayers who expended part of his life working to earn that money I have to ask, what part of this is fair to me or anybody else paying taxes?
I think we need to do more for the poor. The issue really is what is the definition of poor. I do not think anyone really wants to wait for anyone to be so hungry that they resort to cannibalism. But on the other hand I do not agree with our social safety net providing such a high level of protection. Our safety net is so protective that there is no fear of being poor. If one can live comfortably on assistance, what is the incentive to get off of assistance? Welfare is costing much more than you think. Welfare is many areas of government that you would not expect. Two examples that I learned of first hand, that caused me great concern.
First, Michigan Economic Development Department. Sounds like and is a worthy department of our State Government. I discovered that this department offers individuals rent subsidies. The recipients of these subsidies my be truly in need for assistance, but shouldn’t it be through a different department so we can really know the true cost of our welfare. Not hidden in a department that is supposed to be for improving the economy of Michigan. I guess it is improving the economy of the individuals receiving rent subsidy.
Second, FEMA, I think of disaster relief, emergency housing. Who would want to question a department of the government that helps people who have had their life turned upside down at no fault of their own. Well think rent subsidy in Michigan where there has been no hurricane, no flood, no natural disaster. $1000 from FEMA to help a single mom get caught up on her rent. Again, maybe a worthy cause, but from FEMA? What is welfare really costing us? If you check the records, FEMA may tell you that they do not help people get caught up on rent in non disaster areas. Well, they do provide a fund to The Salvation Army, another worthy organization, to help people as they see fit. I guess it was emergency housing for the single mom.
So, back to the work/poor houses of yore, is it, or begging from the local church authorities. And when do corporations pay their fair share to the state and when will farmers be weaned off taxpayer funds, and oil and gas and military suppliers – - and so it goes. Whose on first?
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