" Maintaining that level of spending on welfare only encourages welfare reciepents to continue to stay on those programs."
This is true not only of recipients of food stamps, but also to recipients of corporate welfare. One purchase of thousands of tanks that EVERYONE acknowledges are not needed, and will never be used, would pay for a lot of food stamps….or health care, for that matter. There is waste, fraud, abuse, and dependency at all levels. Wouldn’t it be smart to look for it everywhere it exists, rather than to solely blame individuals?
If we eliminated all waste in the welfare system, agribusiness and oil subsidies, and useless defense programs, we’d be in the black in no time. You’ll never get to the correct answer if you’re unwilling to ask the correct questions.