Standing in line at Walmart this last week I noticed the people checking out in front of me were buying top of the line products. Not really a surprise that people enjoy higher quality items, however, I was surprised when I saw those people pay for their expensive items with their EBT card. As I’m watching them put their costly items in their cart, I look down into my own cart. My husband and I have a set budget for groceries and toiletries every week. Here I am buying the “cheap” items trying to stay within our budget, while they are buying the best on my dime. How is that fair?

My husband works very hard each day at to earn a living. We do our best to budget and save our money rather than spend what we don’t have and go into debt. A lesson our government has yet to learn!

Much of his hard-earned money is taken out in taxes funding welfare programs. Why should our money fund someone’s lifestyle when they refuse to work, choosing instead to live (expensively) off of the back of hard-working taxpayers?

There have been numerous reports of the abuses in the welfare state. Sadly, the abuse I witnessed is not an isolated case. The Daily Signal reported, “An analysis of a Colorado Department of Human Services welfare ATM withdrawals database shows that $3.8 million was withdrawn by Colorado welfare recipients outside the state in the past two years. There were withdrawals at out-of-state liquor stores and tobacco outlets, as well as vacation destinations such as Hawaii, Las Vegas and even the Virgin Islands, data shows.”

Wow. I would love to go to Hawaii. However, my husband and I would need to save quite a bit before embarking on such a trip.

Welfare recipients appear to be living the high life on our dime.

It used to be shameful to use government assistance. Now, it worn as a badge of honor.

There are people in America who really do need help.

Numerous cases have been reported that our veterans, who have sacrificed so much to protect and maintain our freedom, are starving and homeless.   In such cases, I believe we should be going above and beyond to help our veterans. After all, they went above and beyond for us.

The proper role of government, as our Founders intended, was to protect our freedoms which includes maintaining our national security. The role of government was not intended to give people a free ride in life.

Welfare is far from “free.” Hard-working taxpayers sacrifice their own money to fund the welfare state, whether we want to or not. Liberals claim that government’s role is to help those in need, no matter the cost.

Charities are also a good place for those in need to find help. However, our leviathan of a government has made it so irresistible to be on welfare that people flock to government aid like it was going out of style.

Welfare was intended to help those who were really in need. It was only meant to give temporary assistance, until the person was able to get back on their feet. The welfare state of today is bloated, corrupt and abused in many ways. Instead of continuously burdening our taxpayers, serious reforms need to occur.