20% Too Much

Zjabs saw where there is some debate over food stamps. The program hasn't changed in a long time, and now there are plans to make some modifications.

Apparently 20% of the purchases made on the program are for things like carbonated beverages and snacks.

That's 20% too much.

We need to revisit the program, and stress what it is- it IS NOT free money for those too lazy to work. Rather IT IS temporary assistance for sustenance for those in a bind.

If we look at it that way, then obviously things like snack foods, candy, potato chips, Pepsi and Coke should not be part of the program.

And if we really want to crack down, rather than not allowing certain items to be purchased (currently things like lottery tickets, tobacco and alcohol cannot be purchased- gasp- how can anyone survive without those things- thank goodness there are welfare payments to people so those important things can be bought on my dollar)- how about food stamps can only go to fruits, vegetables and staple items? You can feed a family nicely with, for example, a pound of spaghetti noodles, two cans of tomato sauce and a few vegetables that you cut up and put into the sauce- and the total cost is roughly five bucks.

And so on. The fact there's even debate about whether Zjabs' money should go to buy someone snack foods boggles my mind.

-Zjabs (Rochester's Official Columnist)

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