My sister and I were raised on food stamps. Welfare didn’t cripple us. Rather, it enabled us to survive.
If it weren’t for those benefits, I would not have graduated from high school, let alone law school, and I certainly would not be in a position today to help others.
For every success story like my sister’s and mine there are countless others. But Kansas legislators decided to focus on the 1 percent of food stamp fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to justify further restricting the social program’s flexibility.
No credible evidence was shown that welfare fraud is significant, nor was it demonstrated that funds from state social programs are being funneled into psychics or cruise liners.
Instead, Kansas has elected to legislate on rhetoric alone and to continue to pander to the lowest common denominator of voting blocs.
Caleb Hall, 24, of Lenexa is a 2008 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and will graduate this month from the University of Kansas School of Law. He plans to do environmental work when he is an attorney.