U.S. Congressman David Scott
Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee met to review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP--or in other less politically correct terms, "food stamps"). During the hearing, Scott began, "First of all, the situation regarding employment and jobs, poverty, all of that. All of that has been structured into our economic, social policy over the last quarter-century."
Proving himself a good member of the "He-Man Hate-America Club" that Rudy Giuliani helped expose, Scott said that the U.S. had a "policy of sending so many of our young eligible fathers to prison." This was nothing more than a lame attempt at justifying the recent massive growth in the food stamp program. Scott added, "Our prison population went from 300,000 in 1975 to over two million today. These are providers who are not there. This is why we have so many single female head of households. I mean, so when you look at everything we have done, we've got to correct some of these things first."
Scott is correct to link the breakdown of the family with poverty in the U.S., and we certainly need to "correct some of these things first." As Scott himself points out, "Sometimes, it’s not getting the right answer that matters if we don’t set up the right problem to get to that right answer."
However, as is typical with virtually every Democrat politician, his search for the "right answer" behind the breakdown of the family is completely misguided. As is the case with most every Democrat in the U.S. Congress today, Scott has a terrible pro-family voting record. And, of course, like all good liberals, his solutions to the problems that result from the breakdown of the family are expensive government programs.
Additionally, Congressman Scott is so blinded by his liberal ideology that he doesn't see any fraud in the food stamp program. Scott asked, "Where are examples of the fraud? Where are the examples of the abuse?…I can’t find any answers on that. I want somebody to tell me, where is the waste? Where is the abuse? And where is the fraud…" While they were trying to stifle their laughter, I sure hope someone on that committee had the good sense to answer Mr. Scott's questions. If nothing else, they could ask Congressman Scott why he doesn't even bother to read government reports that reveal the massive fraud and abuse that exists with food stamps.
Copyright 2015, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World