Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 12:40 p.m. MDT
The current political powers-that-be answer to this and every other social
problem is to throw more money at it. It ain't gonna get any better folks.
In fact it's going to get much, much worse. Looking to government to solve
problems is not a solution. It's unfortunate but that is they way we have
"Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post said that the SNAP challenge, which
has been taken by a number of politicians, is somewhat misleading because about
75 percent of SNAP participants use their own money, in addition to SNAP
benefits, to buy food. Kessler notes that the program is designed to be a
supplement to a family's food budget, not its entirety"As
it should be.There needs to be every incentive to get OFF taxpayer
reliance and into personal accountability. The lower the food stamp allotment
President Hinckley made the comment years ago at a regional conference in
Germany that if the world observed the law of the fast we could do away with
Wow! Mormon missionaries live on four dollars a day for food. I don't
remember any of them being hungry.
Food stamps provides $200 a month to one fully dependent on them, or $2.22 per
meal. Most food stamp recipients are not helpless. They earn money that can
supplement the $2.22. They might even get food discarded by other recipients.
According to roommates and a low-income housing manager, food stamp recipients
discard and share considerable amounts of food. One recipient said
that during the month they were on food stamps, they had far more food than when
they were buying all their own.A household with children eating 2-3
free meals at school can use that part of the child's food stamp allotment
for augmenting the $2.22.The SNAP Challenge and food stamp program
justifications are built on innumeracy.
worfMcallen, TXWow! Mormon missionaries live on four
dollars a day for food. I don't remember any of them being hungry.******************************Many missionaries are also fed, on
an almost daily basis, by members. Those who are unable to eat with members are
often hungry. I remember many days on my mission where my companion and I went
without food, due to the lack of money and the very poor areas we served in,
where members couldn't afford to feed the missionaries.Now,
sure, I could get by on a couple of dollars a day. However, the food I would be
consuming would not be the most nutritional and in the long run I would have
poor health, causing me to seek medical attention which I would not be able to
afford. Those costs would be passed down to those with insurance. It becomes a
vicious cycle, which is tough to break.Perhaps the solution is to
have true Christ-like love for others, to care for those who are less fortunate,
to lift others up, and to build instead of tear down others. Our society has
some mixed-up priorities.
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