From the Conservative Tribune: There’s big news coming out of a state that has traditionally been surprisingly behind the times concerning welfare reform, especially given the fact that it has always been a heavily red state.
Missouri House Rep. Rick Brattin recently announced that he’s sick and tired of seeing welfare leeches in the grocery checkout line with carts stuffed full of junk food snacks, soda and even porterhouse steaks and crab legs.
Something about that just doesn’t seem right in his eyes, so he did what he was hired to do — he began a push for state legislation that would prohibit welfare abusers from buying foods that most hard-working Americans can’t always afford.
He said the final straw that motivated him to take action is when he heard a professional welfare abuser utter the words, “This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing.”
“The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original intent, which is nutrition assistance,” Brattin said.
He’s exactly right. After all, the program is called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, not the “buy junk food and fresh Maine lobster program.”
SNAP is purely to help needy families who can’t quite make ends meet on a temporary basis until they get back on their feet. But it’s turned into a monster that has allowed non-contributing members of society to spend taxpayer money on food items that contribute to obesity or mimic the menu of a tycoon’s private chef.
“I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs with their EBT cards. When I can’t afford it on my pay, I don’t want people on the taxpayer’s dime to afford those kinds of foods either,” Brattin admitted (H/T Mad World News).
While progressives will no doubt demonize Brattin and accuse him of starving the poor, common-sense thinkers know that this is exactly the right kind of legislation to get behind.
Welfare abuse has to be reined in quickly, as it’s already an incredible strain on a difficult economy. We support Brattin’s bold initiative and hope he gets the support he needs to make his new law a reality.
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