If you are, you failed. Sorry to be so blunt, but it is true. You failed to take care of even yourself. Sure, it happens. Sometimes things get out of control, but the reality is, you failed. Yes, the government wants you to feel no shame for being dependent. It gave you a slick plastic card with an American flag. When you use it you look just like people who pay for food with their own money. The government doesn’t want you to be embarrassed but you should be.
That stings a little, doesn’t it? It should. Other people are being forced to buy your food; people who didn’t fail. Don’t let anybody tell you there is no shame in being on food stamps. They are wrong. It is shameful. That is okay. Shame is the subconscious telling you to make changes, get a job and pay your own way. When you get off food stamps and break that dependency, that feeling of shame will turn into a feeling of pride. Until then, don’t let anybody tell you that there is no stigma in living off of the wealth of others. Like the New York Times: Across U.S., Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades
Although the program is growing at a record rate, the federal official who oversees it would like it to grow even faster.
“I think the response of the program has been tremendous,” said Kevin Concannon, an under secretary of agriculture, “but we’re mindful that there are another 15, 16 million who could benefit.”
The undersecretary won’t rest until all 16 million are wards of the state.
Two northeast Ohio counties are being ordered by the state to try to boost the number of Amish receiving food stamps.
Geauga and Holmes counties plan to start advertising campaigns to encourage Amish to enroll in the subsidy program. Holmes may use a billboard to get the message out.
State officials saidt’s important that the Amish know the benefit is available.
But county officials question whether the effort is a waste of time and money. Amish oppose accepting government assistance.
The head of the Geauga Department of Job and Family Services says no matter how much they do, the Amish won’t sign up.
“…ordered by the state to try to boost the number of Amish receiving food stamps.”
Coming up following the failure of imposed dependency: Forced dependency.