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Too many people abuse system



Published: Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Too many people abuse system

What has happened to Americans working hard for their income? I was always taught to work for what I earned. It seems as if some people are abusing the use of the food stamp system. I am aware that some people who require food stamps are disabled or elderly, leaving them unable to work but, others simply cross the line.

Some college students who live on campus have their tuition and rent paid in full by their parents. Yet, they apply for food stamps and receive them. Others buy unjustifiable items with food stamps, like energy drinks and candy.

The USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program states that “Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items.” That is according to the “Junk Food” and Luxury Items Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, which defines adequate food items for consumption in the home.

Also, the USDA states that energy drinks qualify with a nutrition facts label. In spite of this, “energy drinks with a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are not eligible.”

Nutrition label or not, a Snickers candy bar and a Red-Bull energy drink are not essential items. Are those snacks benefitting anyone’s health? I don’t believe so.

Food stamps should be provided for people who need to buy reasonable groceries for themselves and the dependents in their homes. Flaws remain in this system and it needs reformed for the upcoming election season.

I also believe that if we as working class citizens are required to take drug tests to maintain a job and receive our paychecks, then those who are applying for welfare and receiving government aid should be required to take drug tests.

The Web site ssa.gov states the qualifications for receiving government aid. However, nowhere does it list anything about the user’s health and drug testing.

It would be nice to know taxpayer dollars are not only going to those in need, but also to those who are law-abiding citizens.

Kacy Standohar, Youngstown


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