"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"How many families here are living in grinding poverty and feel they have nowhere to turn? Any responsible legislator would want to know that before removing 18,000 N.H. families from food assistance."

( The following letter appeared in yesterdays Conway Daily Sun. The bill in question, SB7, was copied almost verbatim from a template provided by a Florid based think tank and is making appearances in State Houses across the country. The bill thankfully died in committee. It would have moved 17,000 families with children off of food stamp assistance. The gist of the letter below is how could a responsible legislator support such legislation without knowing the impact to these 17,000 families and thousands more? That would be a good question to ask of our state Senator Jeb Bradley who voted in favor of this bill. )

Is the answer simply to ignore it?

I worked as a poverty lawyer for many years and in later life as a mediator for the courts in family cases. State Rep. Jerry Knirk’s column on April 21 about pending Senate Bill 7, “Food stamp bill,” left some unanswered questions. Knirk stated that the bill, “will remove about 18,000 New Hampshire families from eligibility for SNAP,” or food stamps. Why the Senate would want to do this is unclear. Mr. Knirk cited two reasons provided by the sponsors: welfare fraud and welfare dependence, but not a word from the sponsors about need. Not long ago, I mediated a case involving two parents and an infant child. The father had been removed from the home by a domestic violence court order, leaving the mother to raise the child on a meager income, food stamps and child support. However, the father was living in a motel, prone to alcohol and having trouble keeping up child support. They worked out an agreement; but later, I noticed her number on the caller ID, and returned the call. Her food stamps had been cut off, and she had attempted suicide. How many families here are living in grinding poverty and feel they have nowhere to turn? Any responsible legislator would want to know that before removing 18,000 N.H. families from food assistance. But all that is said is that “welfare dependence” must be reduced. Is the answer to people’s needs to simply ignore them? It would be helpful to know state Sen. Jeb Bradley’s answer to that. If SNAP benefi ts are being converted to cash and misspent, that can be fi xed. That is what the Legislature should be doing. Not promoting hunger, malnutrition and squalor.

Sam Farrington Chocorua

1 comment:

Dave Rossetti said...

I once asked an attorney from the division of child support if this statement was true, "anytime any state in the union creates a non-custodial parent, federal funds match ordered child support for the purpose of enforcement. He said, "well, yes, but". So, if you were reading carefully, what you read was that it is a huge profit center for ALL states to create non-custodial parents. This is done by separating DAD from the picture. Once he is out and having to rent a home, apartment, hotel room, etc. for himself the "family" will have less resources to operate with. Now if DAD isn't savvy enough to see through the smoke and mirrors provided by the state he will eventually fall losing his job, home children, and sanity. Now the state has more fire fodder for more state intervention at the cost to the tax-payers.
Anyone who believes the state has the best interest of children at heart as it's goal is naive at best, and possibly stupid. Denial isn't a river in Egypt. If I work at McDonald's, my goal is to generate a profit for McDonald's. If I work for the state, my goal is to generate a profit for the state. If the children suffer from the aforementioned scenario, again the state will profit through all of the court ordered counseling (which by the way studies have shown provides no benefit to the receiver, only profit for the state).
I know this to be true as I have lived it personally. My wife and I recently witnessed the outcome of such a scenario after my estranged children showed up in my drive way claiming that they were having trouble with life, work, sleep,and relationships as a result of me having beaten them with a baseball bat when they were 8-10 years old. When asked how long I was in prison for such actions they had no response. (I can tell you that I have never spent a day in jail) So, some councilor has been telling my children what a monster their father was in an effort to continue the state funded counseling. Now for the record, my step-children whom I have raised since they were 9 and 12 are now productive member of the community with marketable, social, and life skills allowing them the independence they need to progress through life. My children, not so much. Thank you state of NH, you've done a great job!
If MOM/DAD is at home and cannot support the children without state intervention, then he/she hasn't the marketable skills to pay the bills. I already paid for his/her "education". I'm not interested in paying for his/her inability to utilize what resources she/he hasn't got or won't use.
So in closing, perhaps the 800 million dollars wasted on DHHS would be better suited to create a more friendly and affordable life style here in NH and not a vehicle to "employ" the unemployable(in a free market place) state feel good "workers".