I work in retail on the weekends. The one thing that I see the most is the use of EBT cards, the modern day food stamps.
Most of the customers that come into my store do not purchase healthy food for their families with the food stamp dollars they receive from my taxes. No the most food stamp purchased items are candy, soda pop, and junk food. Items that could never be purchased on the WIC program.
This is a waste of my tax dollars. I work 2+ jobs to provide for my family. And it makes me mad seeing this happen.
The other thing that I notice is the majority of EBT card holders are able bodied adults. Why are they even on food stamps in the first place. I know that our economy is in bad shape. And right now there seems to be only an abundance of minimum wage jobs. I’m sure that some of the recipients are working these jobs because nothing else is available.
Work 2 jobs if you have too, then get off of government assistance. And be in command of your life. If you lack job skills. Don’t demand a higher wage, go back to school and get the skills you need that will open more doors for better paying jobs.
In the meantime I think Congress should act on this EBT program. Only allowing the purchase of health food. No candy, no soda pop, and no junk food. I salute those who currently are on EBT and refuse to buy these unhealthy foods with their EBT cards and use cash for these purchases on there own. Thank you.
EBT, like most wellfare programs, should only be used as a help up in times of dire straights. Not as a way of life for generations of the same family. I will admit that I too have used this program when I was first starting out on my own. I didn’t make enough money in the winter to really survive. So I used food stamps for a few years until I got a good paying job and got off of the temporary seasonal government assistance. I was off food stamps in the summer months and reapplied in the winter. The human services clerks wanted me to say on them year round. It wasn’t necessary so I didn’t go that route.