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JFoster Wrote: Coming from an area that was considered to be the meth capital of Texas, I wish I could say this were true. You have to consider the type of drugs impoverished people use,cheap, fast acting drugs that have detectability windows of only a few days.Meth for example has a window of 3 to 5 days, crack has an even shorter window of 1 to 4. Also, consider the fact that legal drugs are still available, such as alcohol. $1.25 can buy a lot of cheap beer.
These are all valid points, but many of those people are the exception and not the norm.
The vast majority of people on food stamps have full or part time jobs, but can't afford to pay for food to feed their family. I think many politicians try to find the few bad apples who take advantage of the system as proof positive that all people getting assistance are taking advantage of it.
JFoster Wrote: I don't think these programs are worth it. More emphasis should be put on getting people back on their feet financially.
I have to respectfully disagree with the first sentence. Making sure families have food on the table is a program I will gladly support.
As I said earlier--most people on government assistance already have full or part time jobs. A high school education no longer guarantees you a 9-5 anymore and the jobs that are available for high school graduates are usually low wage with no benefits.
Manufacturing jobs that don't require much education are never going to come back. We just have to admit that. The manufacturing jobs that are here require a college education because they are highly technical. Add in the fact that the world is only getting smaller with the technological revolution that connects people around all points of the globe in seconds and you have problem that is far more complicated than saying we need programs to get people back on their feet financially.