I think the numbers are misleading. I remember stories of families living off porridge or something in the early days. Now many of the poor weigh 400 pounds and don't know what it means to worry about the next meal. Big brother government has taken care of that for them, and there's just more people on it that don't need to be. It makes me sick to see someone buy $250 of groceries using a government card and then spending $50 on lottery tickets (or smokes) with cash or they have satellite t.v., etc. I want to reach out and "touch" someone if you catch my drift.
The "Bridge Card" should be renamed "The Bridge to Nowhere Card". That's where government assistance leads: NOWHERE!
Society is full of welfare, not just food stamps and free medical, housing and utilities. Rebates for "green" cars is welfare. Public schools is welfare. Mopeds using public roads is welfare. Every time a person gets something for nothing or much less than the value and it is paid for or subsidized by someone else, it's welfare. If everyone had to pay for what they actually use, you would see a lot more frugal spending habits. People wouldn't be living in over sized houses and driving over sized cars if they had to pay for everything that they actually use.
I know there are some who are truly in need and I don't have a problem w that. But there should be restrictions on what can be purchased w food stamps. What I see in grocery carts and the people pushing them makes it clearly obvious that the benefit they are getting is more than they need. My Mom and Dad worked at a factory and when they went on strike they didn't take a nickel from anyone. No food stamps or anything like that. They got by and there were 5 kids plus them. My Mom said some nights her and my Dad had no dinner so us kids could eat.
Basically our society lives excessively.
My dad had to get food stamps briefly because his hand was crushed and he couldn't work. My mom said she never felt so disgraced in her life. It didn't last long because my dad would work two full-time jobs at times so he could support six kids and also drive a race car. I wish I could hear what my dad would think about Obama. He's surely turning over in his grave.
The purchases should be limited to meat,fruit,juice,milk,bread,vegetables and no junk food.If they want junk,GET A JOB.I don't have a problem helping with the basics for the truly needy not the indolent.
But isn't that what Obama and all far-left socialists want, to have more and more people dependent on the Federal Governemnt for everything? Once people are dependent on the government for food, housing, education, and insurance, what is the benefit of getting off of welfare? And with an ever growing underground cash economy making ends meet, more and more people could decide that it's easier to stay on the government dole rather than find a better job. Oh and by the way, who do you think these same people are going to vote for, the person who wants to expand government, or the person who wants to reduce the size of government? These are Obama's people. ACORN has made it all the way to the White House and he knows it.
The libs keep expanding what qualifies as "poor". Their SCHIP program accepted applicants that made up to $83k per year. I don't know about you, but I don't consider that poor. If you make that much money and you can't afford to buy health insurance for your kids then you have your priorities screwed up. Additionally, any job that pays that much will most likely have health insurance benefits to go along with it. The libs are just trying to get as many people relying on government to pay their bills...which means more votes for the socialist party.
It's all downhill from here, huh?
Even if this crook doesn't get re-elected, he has crippled this nation. Now we'll have to ween these dependent parasites off the government teet like crack whores - it's gonna get ugly.
But.... but dear leader's NOT the food stamp dictator! He said so! Democrats, progressives/marxist socialists LOVE the poor. They love them so much, they want to create a nation of nothing but. All part of the plan people. Move along, there's nothing to see here.