On the dole: “A hand up or a hammock?” Let’s get back to basics

by Skip

Welfare, that is.  Used to be called “charity” from private sources, and sometimes, folks stayed at the county “poor house”.  Nowadays, the dole (heck, even “welfare”)  is dressed up in smooth bureaucratise so as not to “cause undue stigmatism towards those that need assistance”.  Payments go directly from Government “dole-er outers” to those that supply the services or goods like Section 8 housing or EBT cards.

coca-cola-2-liter-botleAh yes, EBT cards – groceries, drug stores,….vacation hot spots, casinos, and strip clubs!  Money is money and fungible if you are a well-flushed non-profit (Planned Parenthood moving abortion money as well as any crafty hedge fund operator), well-connected politician, or welfare “client”.  From an efficiency standpoint, an EBT card is just as easy as technology can make it inexpensive for Government to allocate taxpayer monies – and for those on the dole to purchase a lot of things that they normally can’t.  Oh, not necessarily directly with the card, but how often have you been behind someone in the grocery store buying groceries that are sometimes more expensive than what you can afford – even as you are dinged for higher taxes for these “most vulnerable”?  Well, it has been my mindset that while a safety-net does need to be provided, why does it have to purchase filet mignon (and yes, I did see that purchased with an EBT card)? It shouldn’t – and given technology, it should easily be possible, using a longer term benefit / cost ratio, to limit EBT transactions to less variety and less costly food products (and locations).

One California legislature is willing to make a first swipes:

The money California taxpayers pay that funds CalFresh, the food stamps program, may be earmarked so that the recipients of government largesse cannot use the food stamps to buy sugary sodas and other beverages that have more than 10 calories per cup.

Out of concern for the “diabetes and obesity epidemic in the central valley and the rest of California,” according to State Sen. Michael J. Rubio (D-East Bakersfield), who is proposing the legislation, SB 134, the list of items eligible for purchase with the food stamps will not include the calorie-rich beverages.

“With the diabetes and obesity epidemic in the Central Valley and throughout California, SB 134 is simply the first step in trying to reverse this alarming trend, particularly among children,” Rubio said, adding that according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “… over 20% of Californians are obese, but could well exceed 45% if trends continue.”

Who knew that poverty meant obesity (and it seems to be that way)?  Now, he’s using the meme of “obesity epidemic” to act Nanny Stater (Democrat – go figure!) and “take away” tonic (the old Yankee way of saying “soda” or “pop”) from those he can actually control – those from whom their food does come Government – those on the dole.  This will get me in trouble with a lot of the “Poverty-Industrial Complex advocates” who will scream “freedom!” – but if one is on the dole, one should ONLY be able purchase the minimums to support life at a basic level (i.e., Basic Cable TV tier payments, as we caught our town’s welfare supervisor giving out, is not “basic dole”).  He wants to do it for obesity reasons?  Fine – if it saves those that are pulling the wagon – all so much the better.

CalFresh is paid through the federal government. The California Department of Social Services has to get clearance from Washington before it proceeds.

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  • Scott Morales

    While I don’t like the idea of Big Gov telling you what you can or cannot eat, in this case it’s irresponsible for it NOT to do so. It has us by the nads in this case. BG takes from us to make the portly, then once they become truly obese and experience diabetes, it takes from us again to treat them.

    -Scott coerced into contributing to the problem

    • Chris P. Bacon

      and that is why big guv will never go away….cuz everyone can find a way to go along with it, coerced or not. People dont want to be told what to do, but they certainly can see reasons why others need to be. Kinda like we dont want a cop around after we have had a few to many or are speeding, but when we see others doing the same…..well that is different. Big guv is part of the big game. The game of playing us against each other and ourselves. Not tryin to bust your nads SM, just sayin’. I am optomistic though, for a few thousand years and considering the fact that we all come from the same two people, it’s amazing we are not more retarded considerin’ the gene pool!!

      cpb- Wonderin’ what Mrs. Cains first name was.

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