Monday, August 12, 2013

The Surfer, Food Stamps And The End Of Welfare Reform As We Knew It

I know that a lot of people are not happy that Fox New Channel did this expose on the current state of the Food Stamp program.
I mean, we know that all those people are absolutely in need of the program, right?
Please tell me that all the 42,000,000 plus people on the Food Stamp program are not able bodied, can't work and don't choose not to work.
Because I would be very sad if in fact and indeed there are some people that ate able-bodied, can work and choose not to work.
So, pray tel, explain this guy, one Jason Greenslate.
How does this guy have an EBT card and able to get $200 on the EBT card as a result of the SNAP program?
Before we go on, SNAP is the new euphemism for food stamps and it stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And the EBT card is the debit card SNAP participants use and it is for Electronic Benefit Transfer.
Why we call the program the Food Stamp program still, I do not know.
Let's get back to Mr. Greenslate.
Mr. Greenslate is a participant is the SNAP program. Mr. Greenslate is all of 29 years old. And Mr. Greenslate is able-bodied, can work and chooses not to.
So, what does Mr. Greenslate do with all his time?
Well, for one, he partys hardy. In between smoking (in the interview it appeared to be cigarettes, but who really knows, we are in California) and drinking, he does surf. So he is in a modicum of physical shape. And he is actually a sound engineer with hopes to be the next Motley Crue.
I hate to break it to Surfer Dude Jason, but even the members of Motley Crue were not of public assistance when they were starting out. And they were younger than his 29 years of age having already made it big.
So again, it is not like Surfer Dude Jason is not without any skills. He is a sound engineer.
OK, I think that letting Surfer Dude Jason tell things in his colorful way:

First, Surfer Dude Jason, what is the "Rat Life"? Uh? You have no clue on a rat life. You are 29 years old and live in a fantasy land, some of it perpetuated by us, the tax payers.
Second, what kind of woman would want to be with this guy?! I mean really, unless said gal is as lazy and aimless as Surfer Dude Jason, then I ask my question again.
Third, what about all his buddies? Are they also sponging off the rest of us as well?
Fourth, why didn't the interviewer, Fox News John Roberts just get up and beat the crap out of him?
The thought that went racing through my mind is what the then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) had to say in the great Obamacare debate:

“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said, “a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.”

And as the infomercial guy or gal will say, but wait! There's more:

“Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.”

OK, just take health insurance, or Obamacare, out and replace the government program du jour with Food Stamps or a SNAP card.
I find it to be pretty much the same thing. Let the government cover something like food and hey, Surfer Dude Jason, you can be living the Rat Life!
And just so you know outside of So Cal, La Jolla where Surfer Dude Jason prowls is a very high end neighborhood near San Diego. And according to the interview, Mr. Roberts points out that Surfer Dude Jason grew up nearby. If that is the case, most of what is nearby is also high-end, not Lower Slobovia.
But back to Nit Wit Pelosi.
Is this what she has in mind? Some punk who does not want to grow up leeching off of those of us that work, living the Rat Life? I think that Surfer Dude Jason would see himself as an artist. Not quite sure, but yeah, I am pretty certain.
What Surfer Dude Jason is an indictment of the expanding Welfare State under our Dear Leader, President Obama. An indictment of offering no incentive to look for work. An incentive for people to seek any government welfare program. And the worse thing is that those seeking and sponging do not care about those that are working and paying their ever increasing taxes.
While I do not believe that Surfer Dude Jason is what the American future has in store, we could get there if people do not wake up and realize that we are not all that far from having a nation of Surfer Dude Jason's if we do not at the very least force the Dear Leader, President Obama, to at the very least return to the welfare reform passed in 1996 by a Republican congress and signed into law by then Democrat President Bill Clinton.
As for some background to this, one of the reasons that Surfer Dude Jason is able to sponge is because the very guts of the law were suspended under the so-called economic stimulus of 2009 and the extension thereof. Before, one could only get SNAP assistance for three months every three years. Now well, guys like Surfer Dude Jason can get Food Stamp/SNAP assistance for as long as the economy sucks.
And the point?
The Dear Leader, President Obama, has used the sucky economy to gut the welfare reform program of 1996. And the result is people like Surfer Dude Jason.
So, in Barack Obama's America of 2013, we have gutted welfare reform, expanded the Food Stamp/SNAP program beyond belief and because of that we are stuck paying for Surfer Dude Jason to live it up buying gourmet food at taxpayer expense.
What a country modern America has become.


Anonymous said...

It's funny that you have John 3:16 as your blog quote. "For God so loved the world he sent his only begotten son..."

Jesus spent all of his time on earth preaching love and feeding people, right before the Sermon on the Mount he performed the miracle of making 2 loaves of bread and some fish feed a multitude.

But you should know that already.....right?

Righty64 said...

Ahh, I love you folks that want to leave comments as ANONYMOUS. It shows that you want to throw a nice bromide but do not have the guts to actually have a discussion. But since you want to throw the Holy Bible at me, let me respond. I don't think that Jesus would be cool with a dude that chooses NOT to have the self-respect to try to work, even if its part-time. Yet if you even bothered to watch the piece I linked, Surfer Dude Jason is PROUND that he is taking, yes taking from his fellow citizens and has not the least bit of shame that he chooses to not do a thing to be able to provide for himself. Yes not only is he leeching from taxpayers but somehow is able to get gals primarily to let him crash at their homes. THAT is the point. That he is taking away from those that really do have a need. And I do not think that Surfer Dude Jason is alone. THAT is the whole point. And please, even if you don't want to use your real name, make up one next time ;-)!

Anonymous said...

Another Quote from the bible.2 Thessalonians 3:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.
I grew up in San Diego La Jolla area in the 80s and 90s and there are a lot of these guys roaming around the beach and boardwalk sorry to say.. Im a hard working american. I had to leave San Diego making 26.00 per hour because. I worked and paid taxes. So there ya go. And you wonder why California is broke !!