Got an email from a good friend of mine, currently living in Round Rock, Texas. This friend served as a U.S. Navy Seal for 12 years before retiring to the private sector. Here is the email I received.
"I'm not saying that there aren't people who need help but....46 million households? Really? 'nuff said.
"By the way, last weekend on the way to watch Hunter and his high school team win their 3rd playoff game in their quest for the Texas 4A Divisional State Championship (two more games), I stood in line behind a young man, probably 23 years old, who bought two grapes with a food stamp "credit card" (that's what the card looks like). He bought two grapes because he used two DIFFERENT food stamp cards and got $50 cash back on EACH ONE!!!"
Wow. Two grapes and $100 of taxpayer money in his pocket to spend as he will. Wonder where those dollars will go? Maybe some beer, or cigarettes, or who knows what?
Before you start tearing into me about making value-based judgments, please allow me to remind you if he had wanted to use the money for groceries, he wouldn't have needed to get the cash back from the cards. The cards are meant to buy groceries.
So one can only assume these dollars aren't going to be used for their intended purpose. He's taking those bucks and spending them on other stuff, stuff he can't use the cards to purchase.
And that's part of the problem with our safety net system. People take advantage of a system with no recourse or accountability for abuse or misuse of the taxpayer dollars.
Just one of many frustrations I share with many others regarding a flawed system.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a government providing a temporary landing spot for someone who falls on hard times. It happens, especially in today's economy. I don't want to see people on the streets or going without food because they were caught up in the middle of some corporate layoff, or lost their job because of a closure.
What I do have a problem with is people who see the government option as a solution to laziness. Why work when Uncle Sam will bleed the working class and distribute it to those who would rather play X-Box and watch reruns of Jerry Springer than contribute to society in some meaningful way.
For some, age and physical limitations could play a role in their ability to continue working. Others might face mental restrictions. They should be able to take advantages of service and care provided through the system. So should those caught in an emergency jam, but their stay should be limited.
For the able-bodied, assistance is supposed to be a safety net, not a hammock.