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Originally posted by bg_socalif
However it does chap my britches when i see signs saying "EBT OK" posted outside liquor stores. I can drive down the main drag of the nearest town to me and see those signs posted outside a half dozen liquor stores.
Here are some facts - not some comment from someone who saw a nice car in a bad area once:
Originally posted by Kharron
Damn those people, how dare they ask for food?! *shakes fist*
Since I have everything I need, I'm going to assume everyone else does also, isn't that how it works?
In all seriousness though, our social assistance programs are far weaker than those in other countries that are now considered better places to live in than here. The only difference is that they think their fellow neighbor deserves to live and sustain their life on food, whereas we seem to have more folks who think being an American means nothing more than calling yourself a patriot, even when you hate your own fellow citizens.
Are there those who milk the system - undoubtedly! Are there those who bankrupted us all and ruined our country and took off with all the money we would ever need? Also yes. But we should focus on the poor, right? They're the ones who got us here.
Americans are the most unpatriotic crowd of patriots I've ever come across in my travels.
Originally posted by Flatfish
reply to post by CitizenJack
While I agree with everything you said, I truly believe that those who would cheat the system are stealing from us all and should be prosecuted for doing so without delay.
On the other hand, I don't see how the EBT could be the cause of the fraud you referred to and I don't believe that we should punish those who honestly need the help because of the bad deeds of those who would cheat the system.
IMO, the only viable answer to the problem is strict enforcement of the rules and the funding to carry out said enforcement. Secondly, punishment must include jail time, especially for those who are defrauding the system on a mass scale or in the name of others.
I truly believe that in the long run, we'll save money over what's being lost now to cheats while preserving the safety net for those who are down on their luck.
Hey OP, quit your job and be like them(oh yeah don't forget to sell ur stuff first), lets see how you enjoy "free, luxurious life, filled with 50inch LCD and Escalades"... oh yeah and don't forget to lock your door properly because you might lose you virginity.
I really want these tools to go and live that life if they think its so easy and carefree. All they do is sit in chair and talk about how easy a jobless poor person's life is.
From what i seen, these assistant programs are looked down upon, if you are on it, you are to be shamed. Many people i heard about got out of it as soon as they got a job, you know why? because having a job gives you more unlike what your political party told you.
Of ocurse there going to be bad apples that abuse the system, get under the table pay and still enjoying benefits, but to paint the entire population that needs the assistance to survive is just bad karma.