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originally posted by: Wildbob77
For years, I"ve thought that we need to revamp the whole assistance program.
1.) Instead of food stamps provide food to the poor. This would be nutritious healthy food. You could employ people to box and deliver this food. Also, instead of paying farmers to not plant, you could take excess food produced by farmers and use this as the basis for all food being delivered to the poor.
2.) Welfare should be viewed as a short term emergency aid. After 6-12 months on welfare, you should be required to attend classes or job training for jobs available in your area. Also while on welfare you should have to work at least 3 days a week for you local state/county/ city. Imagine having available labor for doing whatever your city deems a priority. You could use the available labor to provide child care so other poor people can work or have them deliver the food in item 1.
3.)If you are on welfare over a certain number of years, you should be put in something equivalent to the CCC way back during the depression. You would have to work on public projects and may have to move to where the projects are. You could be clearing trails in national parks or improving drainage in flood prone areas.
And last time I was at the grocery store I didn't see any "cheap" steaks - I get the feeling you guys haven't looked at the price of beef lately.
originally posted by: Wildbob77
I'm not poor or receiving food stamps but I rarely buy steak and never buy lobster... They just cost too much.
Why should someone on food stamps be buying these things..
originally posted by: coldkidc
I get it - that's why I think it's stupid to spend what little you have on steak & lobster.
originally posted by: Spider879
a reply to: Aazadan
Again I like the idea of the Ron Finley project , gave them abandoned unkempt government spaces, to grow crops everyone put in time it is led from the grassroots up, they can even expand on the idea..they get to make small business out of it and even a sense of community pride and cohesion ,in this our taxes will be lowered and the working poor can eat better without hearing or taking crap from pols.
In my current town I wouldn't even attempt it. Crime here is... bad. On my block, and every surrounding block not a single home has a garden. Want to know why? Late at night the prowlers come out, they poke through peoples backyards for anything they can take... lawn chairs, food, trashcans, anything. In other words, any garden gets destroyed. There's no way to grow here.
originally posted by: Deaf Alien
a reply to: WhoDat09
Not when I see people on their brand new iPhone 6 talking in line with 3 carts full of hot dogs, chilli, chips, cakes, soft drinks etc.. pull out a food stamp card and pay with that.
That much? Probably big families. You do realize that some people save up little money every month before being able to get iPhones? I know of one guy who saved up for 1 year to get a good computer.
We're not allowed to save money. It's against the rules.
Everyone on food stamps are unemployed, lazy schlubs who have no jobs.