Put me in charge of food stamps. Food Stamp ATM cards could only be used for food without the ability to get cash. No money for junk food, alcohol, tobacco, or sodas - just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, alcohol or tobacco, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV, Xbox 360 or a cell phone, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It might be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing or whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims, low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and use that $$ to reduce the debt.
Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money youhave to accept our rules. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't all that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make those bad choices.
AND while you are on Govt subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct, since voting would be a conflict of interest. You will abstain from voting while you are receiving a Govt welfare check. If you want to vote, then GET A JOB.
AND have random, monthly drug tests for every recipient of government money. Those who test positive would have their government money revoked for eight months.
Great post from the web site. Reminds me of the rarely quoted verse, “if a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
If govt. can require such intrusions for welfare, they can require them for govt.-funded retirement programs as well.
And they are damn skippy correct...except for one part (IMHO): violation of ‘Rights’. It is not the gov’t $$, it is the TAXPAYER $$. That ‘charity’ comes from the end of a gun. Don’t like the new rules, tough sh!te.
LOVE the barracks idea. Good enough for your (wo)men, good enough for the brood mares and the like. BARE minimum and ‘free’ cleaning of parks, streets, rest stops, etc.
Yep, that last part’d get ‘em off ‘assistance’ damn quick
That is - if there are any jobs to get. Have you forgotten - we are living in the Obama economy? I have much to say on your tyrannical point of view, but will refrain at this point in time.
My only criticism — ordering residents to go get jobs will only work when the job market has need for employees, and that is when the economy begins to expand. Right now the markets are tanking and there are no jobs available. So how can you order someone to get something that doesn’t readily exist?
Providing depression era-style make work will only go so far, as someone must provide the money to pay for the make-work. Socialism is the problem here, and we shouldn’t acerbate this problem further.
Granted, there are things that can be done immediately to relieve stresses on the system: send illegal aliens home, like President Eisenhower did in the 1950s, freeing up jobs and opportunities for our citizens, for one.
In the small city in which I live, the EBT users make up 50% of the city population. FIFTY PERCENT! When the economy does collapse, this place will be in chaos. Even now there are thefts from community garden plots.
The top rated comment from the CBS site:
Put me in charge of food stamps. Food Stamp ATM cards could only be used for food without the ability to get cash. No money for junk food, alcohol, tobacco, or sodas - just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away.
Hows this sound? Not only should they get only bags of rice and beans and be fingerprinted, but they should have bio-chips implanted on them so they can be tracked. And undergo sterilization so they can’t have kids? And put in internment camps surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by troops like FDR did with Japanese-Americans? No tv, radio, or newspapers, and no electricity or candles. If it gets dark out, they have to go to sleep. And in order to pay for their food and shelter, all the men, women, AND children must work on chain gangs 20 hours a day. And NO medical care.
I like rules attached to hand outs of our tax dollars.The LIBS here will tell you that taxpayers do not pay for anything like SNAP, Section 8 housing vouchers, etc. You could have bet that one would question your math. There are always 1-2 smart alecs who look for one mistake or spelling error. WHY? TOO MUCH FREE TIME?