Why stop at work requirements for food stamps and health care? Let’s go all the way.

By Robert Mann

I’m fed up with lazy, poor families who mooch off industrious citizens and waste our hard-earned tax dollars. I agree with Sen. John Kennedy: They aren’t entitled to health care through the state’s Medicaid system.

Unemployment and laziness shouldn’t be rewarded. Let them get sick or injured and, if they survive, they’ll better understand the value of work. After the heart disease passes, they will apply the lessons they’ve learned as they rush out to find a job.

If the worst happens, at least their orphaned children will have learned a valuable lesson: The only way society should treat you as a human being worthy of life is if you are employed.

And I agree with Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge: If the poor won’t work, they don’t deserve food assistance. Going hungry for a few weeks will not only encourage mom and dad to get up and work; the malnutrition and hunger pains should also teach the kids a lesson they won’t forget.

It’s just like Jesus said when he fed the hungry multitude: “Those with a job get a fish and a loaf.”

These humane, sensible policies have inspired me to propose some additional reforms:

Why should taxpayers educate children of parents who don’t work? Let’s begin each school year by turning away all children whose parents are unemployed. Forcing mom and dad to homeschool them will teach the kids the value of a job.

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4 thoughts on “Why stop at work requirements for food stamps and health care? Let’s go all the way.

  1. And The flip side is Steve scalise voting against the ACA but got the world’s best medical care with our tax $$$

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    1. Amen!!!! My precise thoughts.

      Unfortunately, Bob’s satirical remarks at the beginning of the column accurately reflect the beliefs of too many people who lack not just empathy, but the ability to develop it.

      I would be more encouraged by Dr. Gee’s thoughts [see nola.com] on this were they not so rife with flowery language lacking in specificity. Many of the same kind of noble goals are routinely detailed in grant applications, budget requests, etc., but remain unmet.

      I worked for 2 federal public service employment programs in the early 1970s. These programs were quite successful in their early stages. They provided needed public service jobs in cities and parishes via federal subgrants from the Department of Labor. They ultimately became ineffective for essentially 2 reasons: 1. Once the federal grants expired, so did the jobs since the local entities had no means to continue them. 2. The restrictions on who qualified for these jobs became so tight it became cost-prohibitive to monitor compliance

      We have crying infrastructure needs. If we actually got serious about addressing them, thousands of new jobs would be created, and many of them would be perfect for the people we are talking about here.

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  2. Hi Bob, You do know that there will be some people, maybe our folks in Washington, who will send you an “Atta-boy.” There are people who don’t get satire nor sarcasm. Sad! David



  3. Another problem should be brought up in the same conversation: what should be the fate of the non-working-, golfing-, yachting-, and art-collecting wealthy class, particularly those whose fortunes have been, for the most part, inherited ? Or those pulling down multi-million dollar salaries and untold stock options by virtue of a system designed by the corporate world wherein the typical CEO is paid an average of 300 percent of the average worker? Did they earn what they have? Scrubbing graffiti? Not in a million years, it is too below human dignity (or at least their own). Seriously, how does one justify unearned wealth on one hand, and penalizing the less fortunate by requiring menial “work” just for subsistence benefits on the other?
    The free rider problem has been with us as long as economic theory itself. It is time the true free riders be asked to scrub their own 24k gold toilets.


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