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What do you think of this version of welfare reform?

I just recently bit the bullet and signed up for WIC. It's very strict on what I can and can not buy. This milk, not that milk, this brand, not that brand, not this vegetable, not that fruit. It only allows the healthiest of choices. No white bread, not specialty breads. Wheat bread. Don't need it for a healthy diet? Can't buy it with these checks. And you know what? IT MAKES SENSE! Here I am, using government funds to supply healthy options for my unborn child and my two year old. It's a nutrition program. Why should I be able to buy eggnog instead of milk? Where would I get off buying soda instead of juice? Is that how taxpayers should be supporting me? Now, what if we applied that to the food stamps. SNAP stands for Supplemental NUTRITION Assistance Program. But, how many times have you seen somebody buying candies and chips and otherwise stocking up for a party with their food stamps? People sell those food stamps. I bet it would be a lot less attractive to buy somebody's food stamps if all you could buy is wheat bread and skim milk or a can of pinto beans. Do you think that, if those on food stamps were regulated as to what they can and can not buy each month (like they're allowed one "treat" such as cookies or ice cream and had to buy all natural, healthy foods) they would be less inclined to quit working and get food stamps, or there would be less friends offering cash for their food stamps (I know one family who will buy the wife's mother $100 in groceries with their food stamps and get $50-75 from her in cash) if they had dietary restrictions? And what about a volunteer program? Or a work program of some sort? If you can work and you're collecting any form of state assistance, get your ass out there. 40 hours a week of combined volunteering and work readiness programs. Be meeting with a career counselor, track and verify your job interviews, take a resume workshop, adopt a street. Do something to get off assistance and/or something to help the community. The taxpayers footing the bill have to work for their paychecks, so should you. My ex best friend drops her son off at daycare, which the state pays for because she's low income, and goes to work. While her son is in daycare on the taxpayer's dollar, her husband has free time to hang out with his friends and play video games. Why is the requirement not that he be doing all he can to find work or he can watch his own kids? I work 40 hours a week and hate that I'm on assistance of any kind. I took the very least I could. My husband spends a minimum of 40 hours a week putting in applications and going on interviews while my mom watches our daughter. We're not content to just let this be our lives and the taxpayers shouldn't be content with that either. So, regulated foods for the SNAP program and work for welfare. Why wouldn't this be a good idea? Yes, it would come with high administrative costs. But, it would cut down the sheer number of people on them and save at least as much. I know, that was said about drug testing as well and it failed. That's because it's easy to pass a drug test. I knew a state worker who had a hippie friend. The hippie friend smoked pot among other things and the state worker, head of her department, would use him a guinea pig to determine if new methods for people passing drug tests actually worked. Too many did. There's no way around a grocery store simply not being able to ring up most items at the store. My WIC checks specifically state what I'm allowed to buy with each one and, if I don't get everything on that check, I lose it. If I get something not on that check, I pay for it. That has to reduce costs and it's not extremely difficult to administer. We don't pay into these programs for use when we need them. We get them whether we've worked a day in our life or n We don't pay into these programs for use when we need them. We get them whether we've worked a day in our life or not. And, while most people are working, many are not. Many are taking less hours because the benefits are structured in such a way that, if you go a single dollar over in income, you lose your hundreds of dollars in benefits. WIC doesn't care that I work 20 hrs or 40 hrs. Either way falls under the income guidelines for my family size and gets the same benefits. But, if I pick up any overtime, I lose it all. That's not exactly incentive for most to actually work to rise above their situation. And the sad truth is, you can sell food stamps. I know a family who takes the wife's mother grocery shopping. They ring up all the mother's food and purchase it with the food stamps, at which point the mother gives them cash for less than the value of the food. They have cash, she saves money, and the taxpayers foot the bill. It's not legal, it's absol it's absolute fraud. The problem is proving it and stopping it.

Asked By: bleuroze - 12/21/2012
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Big Business wants their cut from the food stamps... More
Answered By: Kenneth - 12/22/2012
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What you are describing is a nanny-state like supervision program that would have high administrative costs. We all pay into the safety net so it will be there when we need it, as you are discovering now... More
Answered By: Cantankerous - 12/21/2012
 
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