On his radio program today, Rush Limbaugh was reading a bleeding-heart liberal newspaper article from Allentown, Penn. about how the government shutdown might endanger payments received from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program that subsidizes purchase of baby formula and other food products for children. Administrators of the program said those benefits might not be able to be paid if the shutdown lasts beyond a month. The article included interviews of some moms who rely on welfare programs, including WIC, to feed their children. Rush asked one very relevant question, where is the fathers of these children. But he didn't point out the far more politically incorrect point that I will make here.
This will surprise some and outrage those on the far left. But it's true. A very high percentage of those on welfare program also happen to smoke cigarettes. Yes they smoke cigarettes, some even consume alcoholic beverages and use illegal drugs. In some states, like California, the cash benefits they get from welfare can legally be cashed out to buy cigarettes.
Last year, a 65 year old cashier in New Hampshire was fired from her job for refusing to sell cigarettes to a 20 year old welfare recipient. The welfare recipient wanted to pay $5.87 for a pack of smokes using the cash benefit part of his welfare EBT card. The welfare recipient himself reported lamented his purchase becoming a subject of public debates, and alleged wrote, “Why do people who are sick or unemployed need to justify their spending habits, simply because they are in receipt of (welfare)...I know it is uncommon for even the poor among us not to feign shame and brave endurance in the face of poverty. I will not: I'm poor, I'm on welfare, I smoke cigarettes, and I am not a social parasite.”
A state legislator answered what the welfare recipient wrote, with, “The debate forming here is not focused on whether or not you are a smoker or what you do with “your money.” Rather, it is centered on whether or not the tax payer dollars you receive should be spent on non essential items – which cigarettes certainly are.”
The welfare recipient was wanting to $5.87 for that pack of cigarettes on the tax payer dime. If he smokes about a half a pack a day, his cigarette habit will cost about $88.05 per month, and if he smokes a pack a day, that cost rises to about $176.10 per month. For ever mom with one or more children receiving welfare benefits, who also smoke, quitting smoking would more than pay for whatever they might lose from WIC benefits supposedly being interrupted by the government shutdown.
So there's the answer. Welfare recipients who claim they can't feed their children if the welfare benefits are interrupted, they can quit the cigarettes and use that money saved to feed their children. Welfare recipients should quit smoking and feed their children instead. Besides, we the tax payers fund these programs to insure that the children are fed, not so the adults can smoke. We the tax payers don't want welfare money to be spent on cigarettes, booze, and illegal drugs.
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