It's hit the headlines that food stamp use in the US has hit record levels, and it's very popular to bash the program, but in general, if we're going to spend billions of dollars, I'd rather it be on cheese than bombs.
Here's a quote from a recent article that pretty much sums up my concerns about waste:
"...who wouldn't trade a middle-class job, a car and a house for $300 a month in food stamps, a tiny apartment and a bus pass? I hear people are abandoning their jobs right and left to sign up. "
let's be clear here: I was poor as a child. Welfare poor. Food stamp poor. I remember that time as being one of hardship and privation. My mother saved and scrimped food stamps for 6 months so that she could buy my sister and I an ice cream one day, and was reduced to tears by a woman who criticized her for "wasting" the food stamp money. That was the only ice cream we saw that whole year.
Yes, we may be wasting some money, and maybe folks are getting food stamps that don't qualify. But the vast majority of people who receive them desperately need them. I know my family did.
We have spent 1.3 trillion dollars on the wars since 2001, and we will spend another trillion dollars in caring for our troops after the wars. In that same period we have spent less than one half of 1% of that sum on food stamps. Can you really say that any of that money is "wasted" if it goes to buy food?
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