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Food 4 Thought

Food 4 Thought

Kuuleme T. Stephens




There are so many ways that one can argue to save taxpayers dollars. I highly doubt our House and Senate have thought about this like I have though…….

Today, nearly 45 million people receive help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps). 4,375,022 of the US population receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF aka Cash Benefits).

People also receive Subsidized Housing (aka Section Eight), where the government pays a portion or all of your monthly housing payments.

In order to get a job at most respectable work places, there are several things that one must accomplish beforehand.

1.) Have a G.E.D. or Diploma

2.) Present legal identification and social security card for tax purposes

3.) Pass a drug test

4.) Pass a criminal background check (not all work places do these but more are doing so everyday)

When and if you get the job you must:

1.) Show up to work every day on time

2.) Wear appropriate attire or uniform

3.) Stay clean and sober (some jobs do random testing and prescription medications are often included)

4.) Work a certain amount of time in order to earn vacation days

***These are just some examples of things needed in order to get and maintain a job, and if you have any brains at all, you can see where I am going with this!!!!!*****

What if we were to place the same stipulations on those who receive welfare? If we as descent working class persons have to drug test in order get a job and pay taxes into the welfare system, shouldn’t those receiving it be held to the same standard? I myself know that I am not happy paying taxes to support someone who is on a permanent vacation, partaking of drugs and alcohol (bought with the food stamps that I paid for with my hard-earned money because they traded them for cash for pennies on the dollar). I also don’t agree with my tax payers dollars going to support someone who has an extensive criminal record, persons who drop out of school, and persons who don’t even belong in this country and are here illegally. My reasoning for my thinking is that I had to pass all of these requirements in order to get the very job that is paying for their behinds to live for free.

Back in the 1930’s, when welfare was started, the people had a great need for government help because of the Great Depression era. Most during the Great Depression lost everything or close to it. The reasoning behind it was to give the people a little help so that they could quickly get back on their feet and become self-sufficient again. Somewhere between 1930 and the present, our society has seemed to have lost its way because welfare is now used as a way of life. It’s not just a minority problem either. This problem crosses all races, colors, and creeds.

In a perfect world (where I am Queen! Lol!), people would only be able to stay on welfare (subsidized housing, cash,and food stamps) for 3-6 months. That gives them plenty of time to look for and land a job and find suitable housing. In order to get any government assistance you must furnish proper and legal identification, be here in the United States legally, pass a drug test (and random testing), as well as pass a background check. If you have minor children, they would be required to stay in school in order to receive and continue to receive benefits. By doing this, we would no longer enable children growing up on the system and remaining on the system because they are too uneducated that they can’t get even the most menial jobs in the workforce.

For those who require longer government assistance (3-6 additional months), they should be required to take some type of technical trade course (we had to attend some sort of schooling to get our jobs!), this would better able them to enter or return to the work force. I would also add-on that you can only receive assistance for any of the 3 benefits once in a 5 year period unless something that can not before seen were to happen (such as injury, illness, death of a spouse, etc) I am so sick of my tax dollars going to people who get to sit at home all day and do nothing (watch tv, sleep, party, drink, drugs, etc…) because they are relying on the government to take care of them.We as tax payers do not get to do these things so why should we pay for others who are living off of our hard-earned money to do so????? I would revamp the Subsidized Housing Assistance as well. I would make it to where every month that you receive aid, the cost that the government pays for your housing will decrease and the money that you will pay will increase each month until you are paying the entire amount by yourself.If classes are needed to teach financial responsibility then that’s another thing that will keep them busy earning their keep.

If policies such as these were ever to be enacted, precious tax dollars would be saved. People that refuse to help themselves will be eliminated off of the government programs and forced to fend for themselves. Having a requirement for school aged children to stay in school will force parents to be more accountable if they wish to receive government benefits and at the same time, produce more young adults who are able to enter the workforce with the basic knowledge of what they need to know. Illegal persons would be unable to receive benefits of any kind, if they have taken proper steps to be here then the same rules would apply to them in getting government assistance. As far as people who have an extensive criminal record, I say good luck to you. I personally think that they should have it harder than anyone else and not receive a penny of government assistance because they’ve already had their fill in the court, prison, jail,and rehab system. They should have to prove themselves worthy by working harder to be respectable and productive members of society. The prison system needs to be revamped as well so these people work and learn a basic trade while they are incarcerated, but that’s another story for another time! Lol!!

What do you guys think???????

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