While I totally agree that our gov't should provide welfare for the poor, I believe it should be much more restrictive than it is. I heard, from Judge Judy no less, a great idea for it. She stated that parents who receive welfare should be required to ensure their child is attending school everyday. Not passing or anything like that. Just attending. School systems would simply be required to keep a database of attendance. The military already has the system in place with our "Morning Report" system. Any service's version would do. Of course, I'm sure some politician would find a way to benefit a key supporter and create a multimillion dollar system of reporting for this. Some would say that is big gov't intrusion. So be it. At least we would be assure that parents aren't ignoring their children and having more and more of them for the check.
The fact that EBT cards, depending upon the state, can be used to indirectly purchase beer/tobacco, draw out "ATM" fees, etc is ridiculous. EBT cards should be restricted for use at grocery stores to purchase approved groceries. Many will say that doing that makes it inconvenient for the user. Yes, it does. While I don't believe people should be punished for being poor, I also believe that the people who pay the taxes being used to fund welfare have a stake in the "game" too. We should be assured that the money we pay towards welfare is in fact being used for it's intended purpose.