I was puzzled when I first read about Catholic Charities’ concerns that people in Johnson County were not signing up for food stamps, even though they were eligible. The reason is obvious: They do not think they need them, even if they are entitled to them.
Most of us would think this commendable. Apparently, people whose job it is to give out government money find this difficult to understand.
It makes me wonder why an organization dedicated to helping people should think there is something wrong with people who don’t want to become dependent on government handouts. And why Kansas wants to spend money to promote such dependency. Maybe it’s just the embarrassment of evidence that hunger in Johnson County is not the severe problem some people think it is.