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Food Stamps

Food stamps are one of those things that in my mind, everyone knows about, but don’t seem to actually exist.  Until I saw this article on the New York Times’ website.  Frankly, I was a bit shocked.  Looking around at all the data, it appears that at least 1/3 of the country’s children are provided food though food stamps, and probably about 1/4 of adults.  Why is that?  I had no idea that that many people ate thanks to taxpayer money.  Is it because that many people don’t have full time jobs?  I don’t think that accounts for all of it.  Is it because of pay?  Perhaps minimum wage isn’t as high as it really needs to be.

And what do you do about it?  Well, if it’s a jobs issue, I can’t think of what might need to be done.  I might be rather bright, but I can’t flip my hat upside down and pull out jobs for millions of people.  If it’s minimum wage, I don’t really have an answer either.  I feel that if you raise the minimum wage, that’s just a temporary fix while the economy adjusts.  The only thing I can remotely think of is some sort of jobs program that isn’t run by the government.  My exposure to government job programs in this day and age (mostly third hand), is that the government’s programs at least, are not very effective.  Maybe it’s because of the bureaucracy, I don’t know.  There’s thousands of charitable organizations, from churches to national organizations; maybe this is a job that they should start.  Or maybe this is a new sort of for-profit company, a dare I say socialist organization, possibly a social-capitalism entity.

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