In My Opinion
Feed The Animals Not The People
Feed the animals not the people because people can actually get a job. In this country we have more people on public assistance than ever before, this is a tragedy, not something to brag about. That means we as a country need to make a big change in the way our programs work. We are giving hand-outs and not hand-ups. We are teaching people to depend on others for their food and necessities instead of providing for themselves.
As if the system wasn't stressed enough, "we" have another brilliant idea. Let's advertise using food stamps. Yes, the "we" is the government and since the government does not make or produce anything, it is fully funded by your tax dollars.
The government is currently advertising the allure of using food stamps to the tune of over 2 million dollars. I am positive that increasing the number of people dependent on a program will not lead to a resolution of the cause. This "you look good collecting food stamps" is the current campaign targeted at people to ecourage eating healthy foods.
The campaign is targeted at Seniors and Hispanics who currently do not know the benefit of the food stamp program. Please note, these groups are being targeted not in an effort to help them, but to secure their votes.
I say how about we just deliver vegetables to those that need them, or better yet, the government could have people pick their own food and then pay the farmers. However, that may put the illegal immigrants out of work. We wouldn't want to fix two problems at once.
How about a campaign that shows people heading to work or educational institutions to better themselves and their lives? I say lets spend money on creating jobs and creating an educated and talented work force. Seeing how America is 25th in the world for education, this should be an area that could use 2 million dollars.
Spending money to increase a growing problem is absolutely ridiculous. When we try to do the right thing and enforce rules, we are punished. A few weeks ago a woman was fired after she refused to allow people to buy cigarettes with government issued cards. I say good for her. If you want to smoke, pay for your habit. I am not interested in paying for your habit and the subsequent health care bills that this habit will create.
I am clearly looking for some reform. We need to limit the number of people receiving assistance and figure out a resolution. We do not need to spend money to encourage the further demise of our culture. We used to be a culture of hard workers. Now we are "hardly working." We are the hand-out nation and it needs to stop. If 1 in 7 people are using this program, what happens when the 6 people who are paying for it loose their jobs?
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just announced that it is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever. The government is actively seeking to encourage more people to use the program.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed The Animals." This is because the animals may grow dependent on handouts and not learn to take care of themselves.
What do you think, are you angry that millions of dollars are being used to promote a program that really doesn't require promotions? Is it money well spent?