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My Opinion on Food Stamps

Okay so earlier i asked a question about whether or not you all think that food stamps are given out to often, and to too many people who dont necessarily need them. Here is what i think.
My family has used food stamps before and i am not ashamed of it at all. My husband was working 2 jobs at the time and we were still having a hard time making ends meet, so we got some (temporary) help.
Here is the thing food stamps are supposed to be for families who are temporarily going through financial struggles, not for people who just dont wanna pay for their groceries, or for a permanent fix. It is very frustrating to see people that my husband and i actually know who are more than able to work but instead they get on food stamps, get government housing, and they have nicer things then we do.
The government is making it very easy and very appealing to simply live on welfare. The next time you drive by some low income apartments look at the vehicles in the parking lot, most of them are nicer than the cars that my husband and i have.If someone needs help there is nothing wrong with asking for it and accepting it, but i dont think it is okay to live off of the government and not at least try to help yourself.
Where i live there is a church that offers hot meals to the poor, and every single day there is a line of people going all the way down the road, at least half of which are people my husband knows very well, and they are more than capable of working, they just dont. Now there is just no excuse for that, and that is why so many people look down on those who receive anything through welfare, because of people who just wanna take and take and never provide for themselves. So i think people should be screened better and only receive help for 1 year unless they are taking steps to provide better for themselves, for example if someone wants to go to college to get a better job than great, they should be able to finish school and get a job before their benefits stop. In other words if its clear someone is trying to improve their situation the government should help them, but no one should expect to live off of the government forever.

Side note – thankyou to those who left comments on my earlier post, i was not ignoring my comments but it was all leading up to this post.

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5 responses

  1. You know, I think there should be a program that allows ordinary citizens to report welfare abuses, attaching video or pictures as necessary. While that would be akin to having citizens spying on each other, I think that it would help to improve welfare’s image.

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    November 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  2. I totally agree with you there. I really support the idea of lifting people up and providing them with lots of assistance, but it starts to wear on me when the “poor” start enjoying a higher quality of life then I do, and therefore choose not to work at all. That’s not healthy for anybody, but it is how the system seems to be playing out. When your quality of life is going to be better if you don’t work, many people start choosing not to.

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    November 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    • I know, its crazy that people in our government dont seem to pick up on that, or they just dont care.

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      November 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  3. 92 million Americans, or 1 in 4, willingly refuse to participate in the work force, for one reason or another. There are people like my mom, who are in their fifties and has been a housewife since she stopped working (back problems, plus dad’s job more than compensated). Then there are people like you have described, mommyx4boys—the ‘listless’ unemployed (read: willfully), who have decided, consciously or unconsciously, that it’s simply not worth the time and effort to participate in the economy, and instead siphon off of it via welfare subsidies.
    There are legion organizations and charities offering a ‘hand-up’ rather than simply a ‘hand-out’, but they refuse it. They -PREFER- to live as leeches, because they know no other way.
    The American people are in an abusive relationship with Big Government. It’s time for a break-up.

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    November 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

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