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Just Look At The Person Ahead Of You In The Checkout Line

In response to Getting crabby about welfare abuse:

I'm sure  Rep. Tom Marino meant well with his  SNAP Transparency idea to have the government collect data on food stamp purchases and publicize the data, but we really don't need another unnecessary program.

Tax paying Americans from coast to coast who spend any time at all in grocery stores, already have a pretty good idea of what people are spending their SNAP cards on. 

Who among us hasn't done a slow burn in the checkout line, as we watched the person ahead of us with a cart overflowing with luxuries we can't afford, chock full of expensive name brand items - (doesn't the government allow people to save money on generics?) and then whip out their SNAP card to pay for it all. I don't live in a poor neighborhood, and I see it all the time.

America's poor have it better than the vast majority of the rest of the world. Not the rest of the world's poor - the rest of the world period. 

...the typical person in the bottom 5 percent of the American income distribution is still richer than 68 percent of the world’s inhabitants.

Now check out the line for India. India’s poorest ventile corresponds with the 4th poorest percentile worldwide. And its richest? The 68th percentile. Yes, that’s right: America’s poorest are, as a group, about as rich as India’s richest.

I don't begrudge the truly needy getting a little help from the government. A rich and compassionate nation should be there for people who are temporarily down on their luck, or who can't help themselves. I've always believed in a safety net. 

But too many of these fat, SNAP card holding slobs are breaking that safety net.



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