Charles Darwin said: “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Life is something that often feels wasted, no matter how we fill it. We use our time to the fullest; packing in activity after activity, so that when we are on our death beds, we can say: “Wow, what a full life I had.” But the wasting of life isn’t in how much we do, but in how we do what we do. The same goes for money. The government is a bloated hog, gorging on taxpayer cash; and with Democrats in control, it will only continue to grow. However, just like life, it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about how you spend.
Over the course of the last two administrations, food stamp usage has skyrocketed. This is due, in part, to lax regulations, and needless rewards systems. It is also due to the fact that we have had two Presidents who seem to think that money just appears in the government’s coffers out of nowhere. The food stamp program—known as SNAP—Is a massive failure, featuring numerous flaws that drains money from taxpayers.
In order to alleviate the burden on taxpayers, Senator Thune and Representative Stutzman have authored a bill that would streamline the SNAP program, saving Americans $30 million over the next ten years. The bill offers to eliminate loopholes, cut unnecessary rewards for states, and tighten restrictions regarding who can gain assistance from the federal government. This is what government should be.
Take note that the two politicians producing this bill are Conservatives. Efficiency is always on the minds of true Conservatives; this bill would never have come from a Democrat. That is because the way Conservatives and Liberals think is radically different. A Conservative looks at government as a beast to be tamed, while Liberals see a hungry child that needs feeding. They are blind to true need; they don’t really understand how to solve problems.
The average Liberal would look at the SNAP program and want to expand it; in other words, throw more money at the poor. The average Conservative—notice I keep saying Conservative rather than Republican—wants to know what they can do to help make the program the best and most efficient it can be. This difference in thinking cannot be reconciled. This is why Liberals don’t understand Conservatives.
Average Liberals can only think within the framework which they, themselves have constructed. They have no ability to look at an issue from the outside; analyzing it with an objective perspective. That is the base of the problem upon which the rest of the Liberal mindset rests. With no creative ability, Liberals cannot ever change.
Government should be based on how, not how much. Good on Thune and Stutzman on their initiative.