There is this Conservative/Republican idea that we don’t need to be taxed to pay for social welfare programs. That such programs should run on private donations, because people are generally good and if they aren’t being taxed and “forced” to pay for these programs, then they will gladly open their wallets and just give.
So put your money where your mouth is. In Florida changes to the food stamp program went into effect where “able-bodied” adults who were WORKING, yet still met the income requirements, are being kicked off the program because they can only be on food stamps 3 months every 1.5 years.
Now at some point we decided how much of an income isn’t enough to afford proper nutrition, these people ARE WORKING JOBS, but still are not making enough money to feed themselves (don’t get me started on minimum wage/living wage in this country), HOWEVER we’ve now decided that they only deserve proper nutrition 3 months out of every 21 months?
And how much of that cut back do you expect to see back in your pockets, Floridians? Do you really think the state of Florida is going to give you your NINE CENTS back every month from this one particular cut? Heck no. I’m sure that slice will go toward some ridiculous pork. OR maybe they will throw it into the fund paying $506 a day to put autistic kids into nursing homes instead of paying the parents a tiny fraction of that to keep their kids at home. Way to think in a financially sound way, Florida!
People are so damn worried about the 2.6% of statistically-insignificant welfare fraud, that you will convince yourself that this move is a good thing –while completely ignore corporate welfare and the obscene amount of money we hemorrhage into “defense”. Smoke screens. You’ve been duped. Be ashamed, be very ashamed.
So put your money where your mouth is, because food banks and soup kitchens are about to see an influx of 12,000 people.