(Quote) Lisa-54615 said:
And therein lies the problem with all the welfare assistance programs - people who receive...
(Quote) Lisa-54615 said:
And therein lies the problem with all the welfare assistance programs - people who receive these benefits can hardly be considered poor. The poverty line in America is very high compared to other countries.
I don't think we are judging individual food stamp recipients - we are judging the program, and how it functions. Most of these people aren't doing anything wrong, because what they are doing is allowed within the confines of the program, but shouldn't be. It's not wrong to purchase treats with your food stamps if the program allows it. The question is, should it be allowed to begin with? It's not fraud to own nice things and be on welfare - it's allowed (to an extent). Public assistance should be there to ensure that you don't go hungry and have a roof over your head, but that's it. If you receive enough money to comfortably live on for years on end, you are receiving too much.
To answer someone's question if people on public assistance want to remain on it - I'm sure many do not, but some get comfortable and turn down minimum-wage jobs because they can actually "make" more by remaining on public assistance. Something is wrong with this picture, don't you think?
I thought those interested in the topic might find the following links helpful.
SNAP (food stamp)
Federal Minimum wage (note some states do have a higher minimum wage, where this is so, employees are entitled to the higher of the two)
40hrs X $7.25 = $290 per work week gross.
Rates for FICA and medicare -- these are deducted from every person's pay period, no exceptions.
7.65% the other half is paid by the employer
$290- $22.19= 267.81 Please note no federal or state income taxes have been deducted but these will also be deducted.
Chart for the Federal Poverty Rate and associated income levels used to determine eligibility for certain programs
A livable wage is much different than the minimum wage, below are links to the livable wage calculator. I did an example for Oklahoma County, OK because Oklahoma has some of the lowest cost of living rates in the country. The main link is also listed and you may want to check this out for your county.
Information for the Oklahoma Sooner Care program which provides health benefits. Please note adults do not actually qualify except in certain circumstances, this is primarily for the medical care of children.