EDITORIAL/Food stamp riot
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:00 AM
Nothing wrong with food stamps as a temporary safety net. The problem is when temporary assistance becomes an entitlement, a way of life that leads to the sheer greed exhibited at the Philadelphia Wal-Mart on Saturday night as hundreds filled grocery baskets, some to overflowing, believing rumors their government EBT cards could provide unlimited groceries due to a glitch.
One witness described shoppers as having "two and three buggies each full of steak, meats and just junk food. It was a near-riot."
It's a sad state of affairs when there's such a disturbing display of human depravity, but not an unexpected result in a welfare state. When people become dependent upon the government, they expect more and more.
The scene was a reminder of the third-world savagery Hurricane Katrina brought to the Coast and what a more economically depressed America could bring eventually.
Nationwide, the number of people receiving food stamps continues at near-record levels. The number of food stamp recipients has doubled under President Obama.
Should that be any surprise when typical household incomes have not kept pace with inflation. Income and wages have stagnated.
The U.S. is estimated to have $122 trillion in unfunded liabilities like Social Security and Medicaid and the debt.
The national debt alone is pushing $17 trillion and some are insisting on borrowing trillions more from the likes of China.
The overspending that includes welfare for some of those freeloaders in the Wal-Mart is unsustainable.
How far are we from the kind of third-world savagery on display at the Wal-Mart and an "Escape From New York" reality?