In an e-mail to supporters on Monday, Representative Allen B. West, a Florida Republican, called the increase in food stamp use a “highly disturbing trend.” He said that he had noticed a sign outside a gas station in his district over the weekend alerting customers that food stamps were accepted.
“This is not something we should be proud to promote,” he said.
Yes. What we ought to do is keep secret all the locations where poor people can get food, forcing them to go up to each cashier at each potential source of nutrition for their children and ask loudly, “IS THIS WHERE THE LAZY SHIFTLESS WELFARE TYPES CAN PURCHASE T-BONE STEAKS PLEASE?” Because that, as we all know, will make people less poor. It will also make them full. Humiliation is magic in the way that it improves people.