I have heard the complaint that too many people receive food stamps but don’t have to do anything in return. Supposedly, able-bodied adults are taking food stamps but not working or looking for work.
In reply, I would first say that there are few jobs to be had. While the unemployment statistics have gone down some, much of that decrease can be attributed to people giving up looking for work.
Secondly, if food stamp recipients need to justify their benefits, then we should require that recipients of corporate welfare justify their benefits, too.
Corporate tax breaks and subsidies should be tied to proof of jobs created (such as a decrease in unemployment). And the CEOs should be required to take drug tests. Oh, yeah, and they shouldn’t get any government money if they have a criminal record.
A just, compassionate and moral government helps all citizens in need, not just those who vote, make political donations, and/or hire lobbyists.
It is a disgrace that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted to drastically cut food stamps.