posted on Sep, 24 2010 @ 07:06 AM
There's going to be abuses in any area that has to do with money. We know this is true from the top of the power scale to the bottom. Money given
for food stamps will sometimes go to the casino, and sometimes buy a six pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes. There are even stores that will pay
cash for food stamps. For example, you give them $20. worth of stamps, they give you $15. in cash.
Because some do abuse the system, we should consequently discount the majority of families that try hard to get through the month, planning carefully
with the occasional "splurge" .
And because a parent might make a bad decision, the children should go without food.
You are repeating the examples you have heard about to defend your own stance.
Poverty is not a crime. Children should not be punished to go without food in a nation which has an abundance of food, because their parents are
Believe it or not, people who are found to abuse public assistance, particularly food stamps (I'll call them that although now they have been
replaced with debit cards to reduce stigma and humiliation from people who complain about "being in line in the grocery store" behind these
disgusting individuals) ---- but the people who abuse the system are prosecuted every day.
It's fraud, and they can go to jail for it, and do. So for those of you who complain, put your precious money where your mouth is. IF you know for
a FACT that someone is abusing these funds, then REPORT them.
It WILL be investigated, and if it is true, the person will be prosecuted for FRAUD. Public agencies have a "fraud hot-line" for this purpose.
When I get into a conversation like this.....and someone asks me "yeah, but what about all the people who drive up to the food stamp office in a BMW,
and have plasma televisions?"
I'm all over that. I will whip out my cell phone. "let's call and report them, now". Who are these people? They should be in jail. I'll get
the food stamp fraud office on the line ---- and then you can give them the information".
Yeah, you guessed it. Crickets. They don't really know of anybody, they are just repeating rumors to support what they choose to believe whether
it's true or not. It somehow justifies their greed and feelings of superiority.
And the stores that give cash for food stamps? The police investigate those claims, and I've seen those stores seized and shut down by law
So if you know these type things are going on, then do something about it. Report it. And if you can't prove anything, then don't perpetuate
rumors. Poverty is difficult enough without to having to endure rumors and insults, don't you think?