Investor’s Business Daily’s take on the Washington Post story about Rhode Island town Woonsocket
With a third of the town enrolled, food stamps have created a huge boom-and-bust economy in Woonsocket, as residents pour into grocery stores on the first day of each month after the government pumps $2 million into their food stamp cards.
Many of the jobs in Woonsocket depend on food stamps, the Post found, with part-time work “clustered around the first of the month.”
The heavy reliance on food stamps has also encouraged a variety of weird and irresponsible behavior.
One shopper profiled by the Post paid cash for lunch at Burger King after spending the morning buying $200 worth of groceries with food stamps.
Others end up paying $5 for cab rides home on the first of the month, because the buses are too packed with food shoppers.
Still others jam their carts full at the local Wal-Mart the last night of the month, waiting until the clock strikes midnight to put it all on their food stamp cards.
No matter how well-meaning programs like food stamps are, they can end up draining the dignity and self-respect of those who rely on them.
And despite what liberals claim, they don’t stimulate the economy, but distort it in ways that make real growth and prosperity all the more difficult.
I’ll start suspecting supposed “draconian” budget cuts, when the Statists start showing ANY interest in making our safety net programs on the up and up, and stop calling citizens who want efficient cost conscious government.