Response to mwooldri (Reply #22)
Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:00 PM
GreenStormCloud (12,072 posts)
29. Sorry, but that is a bad idea.
The sad fact is that there is abuse of the various aid programs. The card slows that down. Direct cash handouts invite abuse. The use of cards for food aid greatly help prevent abuse and make sure the aid gets to where it goes. With computerized check-out scanners junk food (Chips, soda, etc.) can't be purchased.
Almost twenty years ago I was in Greenville, MS, overnight on the night that welfare checks arrived in the mail. Greenville had two riverboat casinos. I enjoy playing poker (low stakes) so I went to one of the casinos. I had been there before on previous trips and expected the usual very short line at the door. I was shocked to see the line stretching down the gangway and along the levee. They had a table set up at the door with a huge pile of cash and armed guards, cashing the welfare checks. I watched a bit, and saw very few cash the check and walk away. Since I didn't need to cash a check I was able to bypass the line. The place was crowded inside, with every slot machine seat taken and someone waiting behind for their turn to lose their money. Yes, I resented them taking the tax money that was supposed to help lift them from poverty and wasting it at a casino.
That was in 1995. I fully realize that those folks were likely only a small percentage of the people on welfare that were throwing their money away at a casino. But it did show to me that the system needed reform.
I AM NOT AGAINST FOOD AID PROGRAMS. Often they are used by families in temporary crises and help through some really bad times. Our granddaughter and her seven-month old baby are getting food aid now. She is 22, married early, had baby, was going to be a stay-at-home mom. Sorry-assed husband said he was tired of her and kicked her out. We are helping her out while she goes to a school to learn a skill. She lives with us rent-free. Her WIC and food stamps prevent her from being an unbearable financial burden on us. Once she learns a skill she will become independent and won't need food aid. Without the food aid she would likely be trapped in poverty. I would be an extreme hypocrite if I were against food-aid, or against other programs to help someone get out of a life of poverty. (She is trying to get government help to pay for the school.)
Her Mother married a 1%er, lives in a mansion, and refuses to help any at all.
But it is good that the programs are now structured to make abuse more difficult. Doing so helps keep the funds going to people whom it really helps.
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