I'm not familiar with how this would help poverty, I know it would drop the unemployment rate but working poor people are still poor people.
Okay, so, the minimum wage is a nice thing for the working class, but it completely shuts the poorest of the poor out of the market.
We send the poor to failing inner-city government run schools where they don't acquire enough marketable skills. Then we throw them onto the market and expect them to find employment at a wage that is above what an employer finds it worth paying them.
Say there's a teenager willing to work for a few bucks an hour doing some menial trade skill job. The government has made that illegal. It isn't an option. Now, this person COULD work for a few bucks, pocket some spending money, and earn a valuable skill that would enable him to progress to a better, high-paying job, but the government has said, no, you are forbidden from doing this. So, the person can find no employment. His government education has failed to give him marketable skills, and he has been completely priced out of a market where he might be ABLE to acquire marketable skills that could lead him to a better life. Too bad, the government says. Here's some food stamps.
This has got to be one of the most wasteful programs in the history of our country. It's ruined countless lives and costs huge amounts of money.
And it funds a black market for drugs that would not otherwise exist. People die every day in our cities over drugs. It's unconscionable that we allow this to continue.
My point is this, we probably won't even accomplish the goal of only getting the essentials in this because in reality you can get high and beat a drug test pretty easily either through legal means or by purchasing a cleansing kit from your local headship. Drug testing is just to inefficient to actually catch anyone committed to using drugs.
I agree with this argument. I'm not saying this program is going to accomplish its stated purposes. Government action rarely does. My point is that it is not necessarily a vilification, nor is it unreasonable to ask that people only spend taxpayer money on their essential needs.