Tax Season is upon us in America! Your either going to pay taxes or get a refund either way you cannot avoid this time of year for long without consequences! The debates on Food Stamps have commenced and boy are they good!
One side of the issue:
You pay into food stamps in case you need them one day yourself. Face it car accidents can happen within the split of a second. I know first hand thanks to a couple drunk drivers. Yeah I have had a run in with drunk drivers twice in my life…literally. It is impossible to say you will never lose out on work temporarily or permanently due to circumstances you cannot control. Even if you have your peas lined up in a pod someone or something will most likely come along at least once and turn them into pea soup! I am okay with the system of I will pay into food stamps even when not using them in case I ever do need them. Never say Never………shit happens.
The other side of the issue:
Lazy people collect food stamps. You are lazy if you cannot find a good enough job to pay for all your living expenses. This is America the land of opportunity. Get off your ass and get to work!
I have met people that work 2 jobs and still have food stamps! Rent, utilities, child care costs, education loans, and medical costs really add up fast! Do you really want to see dozens of people begging in front of restaurants or crowding sidewalks just to get a simple free meal? I have been to a third world country and witnessed people lining up to collect the trash to eat the crumbs off of the plates tourists are about to throw away. It is heartbreaking.
I looked up the numbers on how much food stamps cost tax payers. In 2011 a family making 50,000 a year paid out a whopping 38.00 a year towards food stamp coverage! Most of us pay more then 38.00 for supper and a movie! Is 38.00 really that painful of a cost to pay?
Of course one solution will not be the band aid that stops all the bleeding. These might help and if your going to debate something or complain at least present how the problem can be dealt with constructively.
- Victory Gardens. Imagine what could happen if we turned all the empty warehouses and lots into gardening areas? Seeds are cheap and it does not take a lot of intelligence to turn soil to build a garden. Victory Gardens did plenty for our troops in the past and they can do a lot for those facing hunger in our own country in modern society!
- Taxes must be paid but allow the tax payer to choose what bracket they pay into. So you do not want to pay into food stamps? Fine. Select from a list of other options such as Emergency services, road work, or the public school system. If you refuse to pay into food stamps guess what? You cannot get them if you are injured and cannot work.
- Lower the costs of other living expenses such as rent, mortgage, health insurance, child care, etc while keeping the minimum wage the same. This allows your dollar to go further and this might ease the 38.00 burden it is costing you.
- Stop the robots. Robots will soon be policing the streets, drones will be delivering your packages instead of a human, a robot will serve you food, your I-phone will replace your doctor unless its a direct emergency, a robot will do your landscaping, robots can be trained to do almost anything now including building structures.
Not every person is able to do the kind of math it takes to go into robotics and computers. When we replace basic jobs with robots we take more jobs off the market resulting in a higher unemployment rate. This will increase the food stamp costs. Technology is not always a great thing. We need basic jobs to stay open that people of any level can do.
Is it harsh to say the “lazy” people are on welfare? When was the last time you heard someone say I want to be on food stamps today? Or a child say I want to be lazy when I grow up! We have a natural human instinct to take care of ourselves. We feel threatened subconsciously if we do not meet our basic needs. if you are going to use the line “some people claiming benefits are simply lazy and refusing to work”, please back your view with the percent like this.
It is easier though to sit back and say you can solve the problems especially if you pin the problem as being an issue with laziness. Simply charge the lazy with a crime and put them in prison….
Don’t they cost tax payers something too?
The lazy argument does not make sense when it comes to food assistance.