Glenn Beck: The food stamp trap

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GLENN: You know, when I said about the soda and food stamps, not being able to buy soda in New York, the first thought that I had hear me out on this. I think this is Benjamin Franklin common sense. The first reaction I had to that was, good. Good. Let them feel what it’s like to be a slave to the United States of America. Let them you know, let them feel that. But you know what that really is? I expressed it as anger because I was angry with the people that are just there are people that need it and there are people that don’t. There are people that can work and can get a job; they choose not to. So they decide to live off of other people. The people that really need it? I have no problem with it. But those are the people that try to jump off as fast as they can and only go to it when there is no other option. This is what you’re feeling if you’re feeling good. What you’re feeling is the common sense of Benjamin Franklin that said make people uncomfortable in their poverty. And I know that sounds horrible, or does it? Benjamin Franklin knew because he had watched England. He knew that England made slaves. The politicians made slaves out of the indigent and the poor just as they have made slaves of people here in America. And if you don’t think that you’re a slave, what is it that they say? You can’t really have freedom unless you have prosperity. That is the left’s argument. You’re not really free unless you have money. That is another lie. But if you are relying on someone else to feed you, you do become a slave because you do whatever they say. And Benjamin Franklin said the best way to help people out of their poverty is to make them uncomfortable. That doesn’t mean you go over and poke them with a stick. But who would, who would have a problem with a common sense idea of, okay, you can’t buy cigarettes with food stamps. You can’t buy chips and dip with food stamps.

PAT: Beer in most cases.

GLENN: Beer with food stamps. You can’t buy soda with food make them uncomfortable in that. So you realize, look, I can’t live like this, I want chips, I want this, I want that. Now, there’s no problem, no problem with food stamps for those who need it, but you want to make it so nobody wants them if you need milk, you need cheese, you need meat, you know, you need the staples to be able to live, you need toothbrush, you need toothpaste, you know, you need, you know, deodorant, you need all of these things, I have no problem with that. But candy bars? No.

PAT: Ice cream?

GLENN: No. I mean, I’m torn on this because you need a treat, especially with your children, et cetera, et cetera.

STU: But the government, is it the government’s job to treat?

GLENN: No.

STU: If you want to have a poverty program, it’s sustenance.

GLENN: You’re right.

STU: It’s mechanical.

GLENN: You’re right. And so that’s where I would land on it but I would feel

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: But then you know what? Then you save your extra money. You save a few pennies here and there and you buy a treat for yourself. You save for that treat yourself. But, you know, for your kids, it’s the only way you would treat is for your kids. But that’s the common sense of Ben Franklin, you take care of people but you make it uncomfortable. I don’t even know why you use food stamps in regular stores. Why not just set up government stores. Can you imagine how nice that would be? You go to a government store where everything is good quality food but it’s all generic label. You’re not buying any name brands anything. You’re buying the cheapest we can that has the highest nutrition value. That’s what food stamps should be. I know it sounds tough. Don’t quote me. Quote Ben Franklin.

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