[quote]Inner Hulk wrote:
The problem is that the Link allows them to purchase ANY food product. Which is absolutely asinine.
For example- hershey bars, specialty cakes from the bakery, pop, chips, candy, lobster, t-bone steaks, etc etc can all be purchased with Link cards.
Link needs to be set up exactly like WIC, where you can only purchase the foods listed, such as milk, eggs, bread, fruit, etc. Nutritional, healthy foods, and set a limit.
I don’t know what fucking moron thought it’d be a good idea to allow people on food stamps to purchase whatever they have in the store that’s edible.[/quote]
I don’t think that’s really a problem. Are you claiming that you actually know that they desire, “nutritional, healthy foods” more than candy bars and cake?
I say end food stamps and just give them straight up money, as a temporary alternative. No need to be dictating what they spend their money on. If you’re going to give them something for nothing, might as well give them cash so they can spend it on what they desire. Beyond that, I guarantee that they are not getting their money’s worth in food stamps. If the money that is being given to them in the form of food stamps right now was instead just given as straight up cash, they would get a lot more of it.
Hulk I like your idea. WIC is much better than Foodstamps.
Dabba who do you think you are saying what the poor receive is “their money?” The US Government does not have any money. It is money provided by the working taxpayers of this country. Beggers can not be choosers.[/quote]
You are so very correct. My first option would be to abolish food stamps altogether, but if you’re going to give people something then you might as well give them money as food stamps have other costs involved and the money that supposedly goes to them gets carted off to other programs, thereby lessening the amount that they are actually supposed to receive. In any event, why order them around as to what they must buy? I mean, if they really want candy bars more, isn’t that more a reflection on why they shouldn’t have food stamps in the first place, rather than forcing them to choose a certain food?
It’s a government assistance program, it’s not their own money. When they’re able to fully provide for themselves and their own then they can choose what they want to eat. Until then, there should be a set list of certain foods allowed to be purchased with food stamps.