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Should food stamps be denied to convicted drug felons?They are in my state.

Raven 2013/12/07 18:34:09
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  • gvc 2013/12/07 19:17:06
    No
    gvc
    +5
    If they have served their time, are no longer breaking the law and trying to get their life straight.
    I am not opposed to helping them until they can get on their feet. Otherwise they may just go back to a life of crime.
    Giving some one a hand up is not the same as giving someone a hand out.

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  • gautam 2013/12/08 04:58:56
    No
    gautam
    +1
    That will be too harsh punishment.
  • Luca 2013/12/07 21:26:59
    No
    Luca
    +2
    but healthy working age people receiving government assistance should EARN that assistance by providing some public service (even if it is standing on the border 8 hours a day holding a sign that says "Do Not Enter")
  • Solodre Phantom 2013/12/07 20:51:50
    No
    Solodre  Phantom
    +2
    Well for many felons and or all felons its difficult to get a job. Few but Many also have changed their lives completely. In some cases its a good chance that person took the blame.
  • urwutuis 2013/12/07 20:42:17
    No
    urwutuis
    +2
    I don't see how it would help anything to have hungry felons walking around.
    In a country that throws away more food than many countries have there's something wrong with denying people something as basic as food
  • IndyLinda 2013/12/07 20:22:42
    Yes
    IndyLinda
    +2
    Let 'em work or move.
  • Chris La 2013/12/07 20:11:07
    Yes
    Chris La
    +2
    Yes, but only conditionally. Its only right and fair to allow them to receive food stamps for a full year after release from prison. They have fulfilled their debt to society and served their sentence and their lives are in a difficult rebuild mode because almost no one wants to give opportunities for gainful employment to convicts.
    This should be a once in a lifetime thing. After that year ends or in case of a return to lawbreaking I'd be unwilling to support such a program.
  • MareCadTITANIC 2013/12/07 19:53:21
    Yes
    MareCadTITANIC
    +3
    None of MY money goes to these thugs.
  • gvc 2013/12/07 19:17:06
    No
    gvc
    +5
    If they have served their time, are no longer breaking the law and trying to get their life straight.
    I am not opposed to helping them until they can get on their feet. Otherwise they may just go back to a life of crime.
    Giving some one a hand up is not the same as giving someone a hand out.
  • Raven gvc 2013/12/07 19:21:22
    Raven
    +1
    Agree, but it is a life long ban in this state.
  • gvc Raven 2013/12/07 19:23:54
    gvc
    +3
    Makes it kinda hard for them to get on their feet doesn't it? Sad.
  • Master-V-Libertarian~ 平和 2013/12/07 18:52:09
    Yes
    Master-V-Libertarian~ 平和
    +4
    They should be denied to everyone.
  • Anthony 2013/12/07 18:51:14
    No
    Anthony
    +2
    In my state, they are denied as well. Not just food stamps, but pell grants and other financial help too. It doesn't matter whether they do drugs, or sell, or whatever. They made their decisions, and we have to make ours. And it is the right thing to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide for the helpless.
  • Raven Anthony 2013/12/07 18:55:13
    Raven
    +2
    I knew convicted drug felons could not get grants & loans for college but convicted murders can. Seems something wrong with that picture?
  • Anthony Raven 2013/12/07 19:11:35
    Anthony
    +1
    Lol, only if you consider murder to be worse than smoking pot... which our government doesn't.
  • Raven Anthony 2013/12/07 19:22:06
    Raven
    Sad.
  • stfu 2013/12/07 18:42:36
    No
    stfu
    +2
    Before the lemmings jump all over me.. Consider this. What if someone who is now 75 once was a convicted drug felon at an earlier time.. What if this person cannot work physically and needs assistance? Legitimate claim. Is it right to deny him assistance because of something that happened years ago? No.

    Not that I agree with the entitlement lifestyle and I do prefer people to work instead but there are occasions where people just can't.
  • Raven stfu 2013/12/07 18:45:02
    Raven
    +1
    Agree with your statement, very true.
  • stfu Raven 2013/12/07 18:46:07
    stfu
    +1
    Thank you Raven.
  • Chris La stfu 2013/12/07 20:19:17 (edited)
    Chris La
    Governors already have the power to reduce sentences or issue complete pardons in most states. If this is not happening on behalf of an aged former offender in need it is a sign that the Governor of the state needs to up his game! The legislature and the courts did their jobs in other words; its time for the chief executive to step up!
  • stfu Chris La 2013/12/07 21:58:03
    stfu
    +1
    That's fine as well..
  • Alacrity 2013/12/07 18:40:29
    Undecided
    Alacrity
    +2
    There are pros and cons.
  • Zervur 2013/12/07 18:37:06
    Undecided
    Zervur
    +3
    Feeding people is not the role of government.
  • Raven Zervur 2013/12/07 18:42:06
    Raven
    +2
    Some seem to think so.
  • Zervur Raven 2013/12/07 18:43:16
    Zervur
    +3
    Thats true. Private Charities are much more efficient.
  • Alacrity Zervur 2013/12/07 18:44:31 (edited)
    Alacrity
    +1
    When it comes to preventing crime and saving lives of so many underprivileged folks, yes it is. The role and responsibilities of government have changed dramatically over the decades. Look around the world. Read on sociology and government responsibilities to it's citizens. It's not at all like it was before WWII.
  • Zervur Alacrity 2013/12/07 18:50:14
    Zervur
    +1
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. Government is inefficient, Billions are spent and people are still nutritionally deprived - much of the taxes go to top heavy redundant administration. I would rather give to my community food bank, shelter, drug treatment facility. The desire to feed people is good, noble and I feel I am responsible for my neighbors. I do not however think government admin makes something good by default.
  • RH Alacrity 2013/12/07 18:51:22
    RH
    +1
    Only because we allowed it to change. If it had remained the same (meaning the community would take care of people, not the government)... you think we'd be in better or worse shape?
  • Alacrity RH 2013/12/13 02:53:17 (edited)
    Alacrity
    That's oldtime thinking, that you state. There are new methods being used here and there that do make for much more efficient delivery and remarkable results. You would have to study sociology and the like.
  • RH Alacrity 2013/12/13 03:09:25
    RH
    +2
    But which is better...

    When you have to look the giver in the eye when you are taking the free stuff... or just getting a hand out from the government?

    I believe that most people would not want to keep looking those people in the eye taking that free stuff all the time. It would make them actually want to get out and try harder to make something. Maybe that is just my morals about it? who knows. It is just imo that we are worse with all the hand outs from the government.
  • Alacrity RH 2013/12/13 03:13:38
    Alacrity
    They're not handouts quite as you are inferring... better to say 'entitlements' as the well-trained people do.

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