Kind of quiet around here with Philmon off getting high somewhere, probably in Colorado.
Some people are in a fizz because some of the money congress appropriated for union jobs was taken from the food stamp program. (And it's deficit-neutral, because we pay for a year's worth of stuff over ten years!) And it triggered my Welfare Rant #31.
Let's take two hypothetical neighbors. One is a hard working woman who, through a string of bad breaks, finds herself with no income. She looks for work, manages her affairs responsibly, and is obviously concerned that she cannot pay for her food and housing.
The other neighbor doesn't have a job either. She shoots out kids (from an endless string of 'suitors') like a Pez dispenser, throws trash on my property, doesn't look for work, and has loud parties until 3am most nights.
If both neighbors go look for public assistance, someone far away with no knowledge of their situations other than income and family size will hand them money taken from me (and others). Neighbor #1 will probably be ashamed of the whole thing and keep looking for work. Neighbor #2 comes to expect the money. "Where's my check?"
I can directly help either of these neighbors, or both. I could do more if my money wasn't confiscated in order to pay people like neighbor #2.
Given the liberty, I would help neighbor #1.