A woman on government assistance was quoted in an Augusta Chronicle story (“Food stamp cuts hit hard across area,” Nov. 17) as saying: “Some days you’ll have to just eat sandwiches. Some days you’ll have to go without eating at all.” This is on $347 per month ($80 per week) for her and two children.
No she doesn’t! This is the problem with the entitlement mentality group that the government, predominately liberals, have bred in this great country. They are so dependent on the government they have become increasingly resistant to change. I grocery-shop with my wife. I know that the staples, which are nutritious, relatively inexpensive in bulk and easy to prepare, and will fill a belly nicely. Yes, good old beans, rice and bread. And if the children are school-age, breakfast and lunch are free thanks to the working taxpayers.
So perhaps the woman quoted needs to adjust her shopping habits or take part in my church’s great welfare program – keeping in mind, however, that our welfare program requires that you do something, unlike the government. And she just refuses to see that, as long as she is dependent on the government, they dictate to her how much she gets to spend on groceries – and, in fact, they dictate her very financial worth.
I will not stand in the way of her choice, but I have grown tired of this cancer of entitlement mentality that continues to rapidly spread across this country. Change of any sort requires courage.
And by the way, I eat sandwiches every day.
North Augusta, S.C.