Food Stamps - they're not just for poor people anymore!
GLENN: I've got to tell you, man, I mean, what's happening here in our own country being orchestrated by these progressives that have wanted to do away with real capitalism forever, that just believe, okay, sure. Communism, socialism fails but not if everybody does it. We can all fail together. They've been trying and they're coming at it from six different ways. You think that you have welfare reform, but the Republican Congress eased the restrictions when they say that, you know, we have the highest food stamps usage ever, I told you, this is bull crap. First of all, they were advertising for them. Second of all, the population has grown, and they have also relieved a lot of the requirements. You don't have to be you don't have to jump through all of the hoops that you had to and they've taken some of the shame out of food stamps. They've taken the shame out of food stamps by giving you a debit card. It looks just like a regular debit card.
Now, a lot of people will say, oh, my gosh, Glenn. You want to shame people that want food stamps? Yeah. I would like to make the free cheese a little painful, yeah. I would like you to have a little embarrassment on the food stamps, the free food. Yeah, I would. I would. I mean, I could just I could come over to your house and serve it to you, but I want people to want to get off of food stamps. I want people to want to get off the government programs. I want people to go, wait a minute. This great state thing, that doesn't really work for me. That's what I would like to happen. Instead, we're going in the opposite direction. You know, let me ask you a question. With your kids, do you do everything with your kids or for your kids or do you at some point let them fail? My son wanted to feed himself, absolutely wanted to feed himself. No, no, no, no. Me do it. Me do it. And he would try to grab the fork before he could even do it. All right. We'll let him. And then when he couldn't do it and he, like, put the fork in his face a few times, then we would help him. And then he once he got, you know, good at doing it, you know, he ate on his own the whole time, until Cheyenne was born and it's weird because I watched this pattern with the other two kids. When Cheyenne was born, then he all of the sudden saw us feeding her and he wanted to be a baby again. Feed me. Feed me. No. You can do it. I can't. Yes, you can. And I didn't feed him. He had to feed himself. He knew how to do it. I wasn't going to treat him like a baby.
I was with a guy this weekend. He's an amazing guy, I just love him. And he has cerebral palsy and we were spending some time on Saturday and he had to tie something and I watched him and I was sitting beside him or right behind him and I saw him there and he had to tie something and he couldn't do it and he started to tie it the second time and it was very difficult and I leaned forward and I was going to say, here, let me help you with that. And then I didn't. And the reason why I didn't is because he can do it and he didn't ask for my help and I wasn't going to say, can I tie that for you, because he doesn't need high help and he also knew he was strong enough to say, will you help me, without any embarrassment. He needs help. Fine. But I wasn't going to lean in and do it and say, can I do that for you because he can do it himself and he wants to do it himself. He takes pride in what he can do himself, he takes pride in who he is. That's why I admire him. Nothing ever stops him. He just does it. If he asks for help, I would be there, but he's the kind of guy that if he really needed the help, he would know that it was there but it would take him a long time to ask for that help, not out of stupid stubbornness. He's not going to put himself in danger, but because he wants to stand on his own 2 feet. That's the attitude that we should have. You want to do it yourself. Now, if somebody asks me for help, I'm going to help them, but if in the course of helping them I realize, wait a minute. They can do it themselves. They're just getting me to do it. That's the last time I help them. I've got better things to do. I've got people who actually need help. My own kids, I'll help them and as soon as, like my son, he says, feed me, help me, and he doesn't need it, I'm going to teach him for his own good, I'm not helping you. You can do it, for his own good. I don't hate my son. I love him and for his own good I'm not going to help him when he doesn't need help. He may want it. He may beg for it, but if he can do it himself or if he needs to struggle to learn how to do it himself, I won't help him and it kills me inside. I mean, how many times have you held your kids and said, oh, just don't grow up. My two kids right now, they're I've got the two teenagers and the two young ones and I hold little ones and I'm, please, don't grow up, don't grow up. I love my teenagers to death, but I wish they wouldn't have grown up. It's fun. It's a whole different thing, but it's just not the same and it's better in some regards. In others, when you're holding those little ones and they need you, it's fantastic and they look at you differently and it's great. But if they were like that all the time, you would be, like, okay. Come on. Are my teenagers are like that? No. Because what's changed is it's not as fun, it's not as I don't know it's not as it's not as peaceful times as it is with a newborn or a young baby, holding that baby. There's nothing like that, but the one thing that a teenager or older kid could give you that a baby can't is that joy of watching them accomplish what they want to accomplish, watching them succeed. Oh, my gosh. There's nothing better than that.
But now our government is teaching do we have the ads? Do we have the ads of this is an actual ad for food stamps. Listen.
Glenn: Stop. So I can feed my family right when money's tight. The whole thing sounds like I can go off and on food stamps. It would take an act of God for me to go on food stamps. This one is not so bad because it's Mom. It's Mom. She's got two boys she's raising on her own. She's got two jobs. Okay. Do you have the ad, the other ad from the one where it's the woman the woman says, Hey, we've got food stamps, talking to the neighbor?
Glenn: Stop, stop. It is good to know you can get food when you really need it. It is. We should be there for each other. It should be the last resort. I'm really hard on this because my grandfather and my father told me we don't ever take money from the government and so it bothers me. We should be there for each other. I personally think you should be there, churches or whatever, your family, if your family can't do it, great. Go to church. If your church can't do it, got to have another organization. Fine. Last resort. Do you know what food stamps tells me? Food stamps tells me that you have no safety net whatsoever. Food stamps tell me that you need more friends, you need more interaction with organizations. You've got to be involved in an organization that's doing things these for people, so when you hit these tough times, you can be there and they can say, Judy, I know you've been here for us, serving people for a long time. Now it's your turn, because sometimes we all need help.
I mean, do we have our own, I mean, because we need some commercials for food stamps.
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