Recently, some congressional Republicans made efforts to significantly decrease funding for food stamps. This is quite stunning when one of the largest increases in funding for the food stamps program occurred during President George W. Bush’s tenure in office. Support for food stamps should be a bipartisan issue. While I very much assent with the idea that people would rather have jobs than food stamps, until they have a sufficient job that pays them enough to purchase an adequate amount of food they still need food stamps. Regardless of our political ideologies and affiliations, we all can agree that we don’t want people to suffer from hunger in America.
In the greatest beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity in the world, America is a place where no man, woman, boy or girl should experience starvation. Many Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. are evincing that they are putting politics ahead of genuine concern for the welfare of the American people. Now, when politicians begin to diminish assuring that poor people have the necessary money to obtain adequate food, this indicates that we’ve arrived at a point in American history where we need to oust those politicians who don’t think it should be a vital economic priority of the government to provide meaningful support for the poor to have ample food.
For those politicians who are really willing to take food out of the mouths of people who cannot afford to get it on their own, you’re horrible human beings. Until you know what it feels like to suffer from hunger, you will never know just how essential food really is. Food stamps help to give individuals a needed confidence that they are not going to have to stay awake at night and wonder where their next meal is going to come from and how they are going to feed their children.
Although some people abuse food stamps, the majority of those who receive food stamps don’t abuse them and really need them. We have all heard of the outrageous abuses of food stamps, but those ridiculous abuses of food stamps should never be held against people who need them to survive. For most people who are given food stamps, they are a matter of survival for them. When food stamps are denied to people who need them, this means the government allows them to die.
Even with food stamps, I know people who legitimately don’t have enough to eat. For example, one young person told me that his mother spends their food stamps wisely and they still don’t have enough to eat. He says they have to eat egg sandwiches over and over just to make it until they get their next allotment of food stamps. For those of you who are fortunate enough to be able to eat whatever and whenever you want, how would you feel if you had to be in the situation of the previously mentioned young man?
The food stamps program is a useful governmental program that saves lives. While the food stamps program is certainly not perfect, it helps millions of individuals to have the food they need to survive and offers them a better quality of life. In America, we should encourage individual responsibility and self-sufficiency; however, when it’s not quite possible, there needs to be a pervasive understanding that government can play an important role in assisting those who cannot completely help themselves yet.
As the divisions between Republicans and Democrats grow intensely acrimonious, let’s not let politics and political differences cause us to start a war on the poor. When people are not able to purchase their own food, they are poor. They don’t need you to attack them—they need you to help feed them.
This piece is not an attack on any single party. This article strives to communicate that we all need to be more compassionate to the poor, namely when it comes to guaranteeing they have enough food to eat.
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