Comment: As long as the validity of the public debt cannot be challenged,

(See in situ)

In reply to comment: But are food stamps money (see in situ)

As long as the validity of the public debt cannot be challenged,

food stamps (or EBT cards) are "money" taken from others. It may be others in the future, but still others.

These programs are also used to justify the very existence of the so-called income tax.

As well, single programs can't be looked at in a vacuum.

Getting back to basics and adhering to both the spirit and letter of the Constitution and the Declaration doesn't mean just no more EBT or SNAP.

It also means no wage/salary taxes on private workers.

It means a VERY small footprint for government, which requires very few taxes to support.

It means productivity is not drained to support the leviathan state.

It means prices will plummet as competition searches for customers with more disposable funds.

It means more jobs available absent stifling regulations, AND more business capital available for expansions.

Sure, nothing will be perfect and pie in the sky.

There will ALWAYS be homeless people.

There will ALWAYS be people down on their luck, just losing a job, having a tough time putting food on the table - that will NEVER vanish.

But what will vanish are the mountain of obstacles to keeping those incidents as few and far between as humanly possible, AND opening up more room for private charity when such hardship does strike.

It would also be easier for people to SAVE for a rainy day than having to live paycheck to paycheck.

There will still be people who spend beyond their means, don't save, and lose their shirt.

They can ask for private help, or figure it out, or starve.

Their lack of financial discipline is zero justification for bankrupting 3 yet unborn generations of Americans in addition to all those presently alive.

It is MY personal responsibility to feed myself, and if I were to have children, them as well.

No where does that entail me stealing from others, or accepting stolen loot to do it.

There are simply too many other lawful options - and there always will be.

The key is, how difficult is it to employ those options and are the difficulties the result of needless government meddling in the economy?