“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” — Franklin Roosevelt
A whopping 41% of Americans receive government assistance of some kind according to a heritage study.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/us-government-increases-national-debtand-keeps-128-million-people-on-government-programs
The need for food assistance is already greater than SNAP can fill.
SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month. 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month, and 58% of food bank clients currently receiving SNAP benefits turn to food banks for assistance at least 6 months out of the year.
A glitch in the snap system is a prime example of this. Some cards were left without a limit and many took advantage clearing the shelves of goods at Walmart’s in a couple different states. This was a one day glitch imagine a longer one, or even a glitch in the new healthcare system, ok let’s not ponder that for now… Consider this- snap benifits are set to be cut. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3998
What happens to those that looted? They should be held responsible but how? Should they pay for what they stole? How when they can’t even afford to feed themselves or their children? Do we take it from their future food stamp allotments? But wait the kids have to eat right? It’s absurd that any adult has the audacity to put the rest of us in this position. I say have some pride in yourselves our country and its principles, and learn to survive like the rest of us. This is the only path of true liberty for all. Liberty only works when your liberty doesn’t infringe on mine.
How can we demand freedom and liberty if so many of us are on aid. If we can’t afford to take care of ourselves the govt is more than happy to do it for us. We must find ways as individuals, as family’s, neighbors, and communities to find a way to instill pride in self and independence. In this country full of blessings It seems some have lost the human instinct to survive. People need to be taught how to purchase, grow, and store food again. Everyone could stand to save more by learning how to buy in bulk, participate in community gardens, store food, and do a little menu planning. We must learn to feed ourselves again.
Let’s not forget to keep things in perspective. Historically people have been controlled and manipulated with food. Check out this list of famines. http://listverse.com/2013/04/10/10-terrible-famines-in-history/ The faces of real starvation are a far cry from today’s food assistance recipients.
I always hear about people in this country having an entitlement mentality. Who feels entitled? Why do they? I’d love to know where the sense of entitlement comes from?
Please feel free to comment… How can the government of the people by the people for the people ever owe the people anything? It makes no sense…
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