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From the WSJ: Food Stamp Use Swells As Economy Improves.

The economy is improving. Food stamp usage is increasing. The reason? Loosened standards for qualification, allowing people with more income and even savings to use the program.

The other night I went to Kroger to pick up some milk. I was standing in the checkout line behind an older lady. I noticed that she was holding a Lone Star Card, which is our equivalent to Food Stamps. I didn’t have a problem with this lady using a Lone Star Card. What I did have a problem with was what she was buying:

2 – Six packs of candy bars
1 – 20oz. Dr. Pepper
2 – Boxes of Extra Butter microwave popcorn
1 – Bag of Fritos corn chips (it might have been some other kind of chips, I can’t remember)

That’s it! That’s all she was buying and she was paying for it with her Lone Star Card (I mean, with taxpayer dollars). Absolutely nothing of any nutritional value.

So, here’s my question(s) of the day:

Should there be limits on what can be purchased with food stamps?

I have blogged about this topic in the past and one commenter mentioned that it would be cost-prohibitive for stores to place limits on what people can and can’t buy with food stamps. I’m not buying this argument. I think the program should be run similar to WIC, which places limits on what people can and cannot purchase.

I look at it this way:

If people can’t afford to buy groceries on their own, they should have to make some sacrifices just like everday people on a budget. If our budget was tighter, I would have to cut out any extras (Coke, chips, beer, etc.). People on Food Stamps should too!

I think some people are just way too comfortable accepting charity. I would feel guilty buying crap with taxpayer dollars.

You know how I feel. What’s your opinion?

CLARIFICATION: So that you all don’t think I’m some elitist SOB, there was a time when my wife and I were poor. We were both in college and made little money. But,… we never used food stamps or any other type of assistance (except for occasional meals and some groceries from my wife’s parents). We had a very strict budget and we stuck to it. We didn’t have cable TV, cell phones, or anything beyond the basics. We lived within our means. So, I’ve been there and done that.