Opinion: Food stamps need WIC-like re...

Opinion: Food stamps need WIC-like restrictions

There are 25 comments on the Columbia Magazine story from Nov 10, 2013, titled Opinion: Food stamps need WIC-like restrictions. In it, Columbia Magazine reports that:

The real problem with food stamps is that they are not used efficiently. Having seen the people in line at the store, there carts are full of potato chips, french fries, chicken nuggets, pop tarts, etc.

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Taxpayer

Katy, TX

#21 Nov 15, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
Why don't you holler about how Wall Street is regulated or big banks. Why be so concerned about the dirt poor! Sorry society we are!!!
Because those who earn their way and take care of themselves are not the problem. Those who invest on Wall Street are investing in America, that is the money that drives business. The companies they invest in give millions of people jobs and supply goods and services to keep America's economy going. That benefits all of Americans, those who wish to work at making a decent life for themselves and provide for their families, as well as those who are not willing to do anything to improve their own lives and sit around whining that the taxpayers don't want to share what they've worked for with the "dirt poor" who won't work for their own.

Yeah, it is a sorry society where an ever growing segment of our population feels they are entitled to a portion of the paycheck someone else worked for because they have a sob story, didn't finish their education and have made bad choices in their lives. Where generations of families sit around whining that the giveaway programs don't support the lifestyle they want to live but they refuse to do anything to improve their own lot in life. Where people have babies then declare that the taxpayers are responsible for feeding their children, because as parents they are failures. Where those who won't do for themselves, gripe about the people who work and take care of themselves. Those who call the working man heartless if he is not glad to be taxed to death so the government can distribute his hard earned money to supply a free ride to someone who hasn't earned it.

The fact is, those who work, earn and invest money are the driving force in our economy. Supporting the "dirt poor" who don't contribute their fair share is just dumping trillions of dollars down the drain.
Taxpayer

Katy, TX

#22 Nov 15, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
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Agree however what if someone is disabled unable to prepare food and meals. Each situation is different and deserves consideration not judgement.
So tires of people who claim to be disabled and they think that justifies them sticking their hand out and demanding we take care of them. I've seen some of these "disabled" people, they shop, take vacations, do gardening, putter around the house, play around on the computer/Internet, watch TV. They have all the gadgets (cell phones, computers, TV, etc) yet they can't use any of those "toys" to earn a living and support themselves.

Now you claim they can't even cook themselves a meal. It's not clear how they can drag themselves to the kitchen to pop a frozen dinner into the microwave if they can't pour a can of soup into a bowl and pop that into the microwave. If they can't walk or stand at the stove, I'm sure the taxpayers have already paid for them to be provided with a free wheelchair or scooter, so they can pull that up to the kitchen counter and sit on their butt while they prepare a meal.

With the passing of the American's with Disabilities act making it necessary for businesses to hire and accommodate disabled employees, and the advancements in technology making tools for employment of physically challenged individuals and medical devices so that any physical disability is no longer a barrier for people to get around, have access to the workplace and/or use the machines and tools to complete a job. There really is no physical disability that is truly a barrier preventing anyone from being gainfully employed and/or being able to prepare a meal for themselves. So spare us the old sob story about being disabled, in today's world a handicap does not justify a person expecting the government to take care of them.
Taxpayer

Katy, TX

#23 Nov 15, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
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If you can't use your hand or hands you can't prepare food. If your knees are shot you cat stand long. If your eyesight is gone you can't see. If your minds gone you may burn the house down. Look I agree most can and should prepare food. Also if you don't Cooke prepared food with food stamp allowance your broke and hungry before renewal. For a Christian community so much hate....:(
You may not want to go there...Jesus said if you don't work you don't eat. Where does that leave the deadbeat on Welfare?
Velveeta

Lexington, KY

#24 Nov 16, 2013
Taxpayer wrote:
I think all food stamp programs should be completely eliminated, those tax dollars should be spent to buy staples, packaged and canned goods for local food pantries to distribute on a local level. That way the recipients would have to go into a neighborhood location where they can be interviewed to determine their ongoing need and monitored to be sure they aren't overusing or abusing the system. The items they get would be real food to provide the basics to prepare meals for their family. The local food bank could be sure that people get enough for their family but not enough to sell.
This would stop the spending of tax dollars on junk foods, sodas and expensive cuts of meat. It would also stop the abuse by assuring those receiving the food are actually in "need" of the help and at the same time prevent people from taking advantage of the charity.
Of course, those who don't like this idea, for whatever reason, can always find a way to earn the money and provide for their own family, which is what they should be doing in the first place.
Brilliant post! Those food pantries should only provide healthy food. I would be more than glad to help distribute food to those who are in TRUE need and cannot pick up the food themselves. What a great community service program that could be with local youth and volunteers getting involved!

Since: Oct 13

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#25 Nov 16, 2013
Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>Because those who earn their way and take care of themselves are not the problem. Those who invest on Wall Street are investing in America, that is the money that drives business. The companies they invest in give millions of people jobs and supply goods and services to keep America's economy going. That benefits all of Americans, those who wish to work at making a decent life for themselves and provide for their families, as well as those who are not willing to do anything to improve their own lives and sit around whining that the taxpayers don't want to share what they've worked for with the "dirt poor" who won't work for their own.

Yeah, it is a sorry society where an ever growing segment of our population feels they are entitled to a portion of the paycheck someone else worked for because they have a sob story, didn't finish their education and have made bad choices in their lives. Where generations of families sit around whining that the giveaway programs don't support the lifestyle they want to live but they refuse to do anything to improve their own lot in life. Where people have babies then declare that the taxpayers are responsible for feeding their children, because as parents they are failures. Where those who won't do for themselves, gripe about the people who work and take care of themselves. Those who call the working man heartless if he is not glad to be taxed to death so the government can distribute his hard earned money to supply a free ride to someone who hasn't earned it.

The fact is, those who work, earn and invest money are the driving force in our economy. Supporting the "dirt poor" who don't contribute their fair share is just dumping trillions of dollars down the drain.
Can you please run for president?! Your views are right on

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