Having worked at the Dept Of Health & Human Services (Welfare Dept) for 20+ years I could go on and on and on about the abuses I have seen, but, instead, I'd just like to make a couple comments regarding Food Stamps.
Consider this: A woman has 3 kids, she works 2 full time minimum wage jobs. Her kids are basically latch key kids. She finally gets a Friday night off (after working all day). She is going to go home and enjoy the luxury of watching videos with her kids. Going to the movie theatre, out to dinner, or just about any kind of outing is not financially possible. She stops at the store for groceries and also buys ice cream, chips and soda. True, it will cut into her grocery money, but her kids rarely get treats (like other kids) and after working 70 hours this week she's feeling a little indulgent. The 2 well dressed women with the fat wedding rings on that are in the check out line behind her make no attempt to mask their disgust at this shameful waste of thier tax dollars.
There really are many working families that get Food Stamps. 70% of the jobs that are being created are expected to be minimum wage jobs. No one can support a family on $7.25 an hour. I don't have an answer to that problem, but are those people less deserving to have a few treats than the rest of us?
As for the government telling me or anyone else what they can or cannot eat, I am totally against that. In the county where I live there is currently a great effort to educate people on healthier food choices. Food Stamp recipients get bonus bucks for extra food at the Farmer's Market and coupons for free produce at some of the local grocery stores.
Gosh, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to preach. Just saying you never know about that person at the grocery store using Food Stamps (EBT)