America’s food stamp system is rampant with abuse. From stats from the government to empirical evidence in the checkout line, one doesn’t have to look far to see that our nation is currently divided between those who produce and those who take.
To be clear: there are people who do the absolute best they can and still fall short. However, this scenario is far less common than the government-dependency crowd would have us believe.
Even then, nobody has ever been able to answer my simple question:
I understand that some people want “free” food. I understand that some people claim that they need “free” food. My question is this: why, exactly, is it my responsibility to purchase food for my family and the food for someone else’s?
In short: I don’t question why someone would seek others to buy their essentials for them. I question why I (and millions of others) am tasked with the duty to furnish such items.
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want people to go hungry. I full encourage an eradication of the welfare state coupled with a PR campaign to encourage people to use these savings to support soup kitchens and other charitable endeavors that feed the hungry based on voluntary donations.
Each and every time I am behind someone in the grocery line and witness a person using a food stamp card, I consider my question and roll my eyes as I am reminded that we are in a nation where half the country votes for opportunities and half the country votes for the continued supply of “free” stuff.
Evidently, I am not alone in experiencing my distaste…
When a woman encountered a young man using tax dollars to buy food at Walmart, she vented her frustration. The video of the encounter begins midway through the transaction and it’s unclear what prompted the discussion. However, the man’s defense of his supposed right to “free” stuff is quite telling about how the left operates.
At various points, the “man” defends his actions by insisting that everybody else is doing it, that nobody seems to care but this woman, that he doesn’t make the rules and even questions “why wouldn’t I?” when he is confronted by an accusation that he is taking advantage.
When he attempted to claim that he was just trying to “provide” for his family, the lady reminds him,
“You’re not providing for it, I am! The government is! They take it out of my check, bullshit they don’t!”
He tells her to complain to Congress and “vote Republican” if she doesn’t like it and also tells her to “shut the fuck up.”
“I don’t have to! It’s a free country, remember?” The woman said while noting that the Democrats “give it to you so that you vote that way.”
As the video begins midway through the altercation, it’s unclear as to whether this woman’s response was prompted or not.
In either case, however, she’s not wrong. She was evidently tired of having her money siphoned to support the needs of others. It’s an understandable frustration and while this was an ugly encounter, it underscores a simple point: we are not a nation of “haves” and “have-nots”; we are a nation of “producers” and “takers.”
The left operates under the erroneous belief that the world ceased to exist before the welfare state. Prior to food stamps, people relied upon themselves and each other to get by. One either supported himself or he relied upon family and friends through tough times- and there’s nothing wrong with that. It is all a voluntary effort.
For those who got in serious trouble, the next option was charity. However, private-sector giving based on voluntary cooperation is a direct competitor to today’s dependency-fostering big government.
Somewhere along the way, the left discovered that by taking from people to support others, they could craft a legion of followers.
However, with more and more hopping in the wagon and fewer and fewer pulling it, it seems clear that this economy wagon isn’t going anywhere until the freeloaders get off.
What do you think? Was this lady out of line? Or was she saying what we’re all thinking?