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Op-Ed: Background checks for welfare applicants?

By Micki Hogan     Apr 14, 2013 in Politics
When a world where parents must endure background checks to gain employment should we allow background checks for welfare applicants. If one cannot gain employment or feed their family what will happen next?
The thought came to mind after reading an article shared today on Facebook. The article was provided AddictingInfo.com. A website dedicated to posting contraversail issues that effect the world today. The article spoke of North Carolina's House passing a bill titled HB 392 with a vote 100-6 in favor of the proposed bill which now moves on to the Senate.
HB 392 would enforce manadotory background checks for all food stamp and assistance applicants. This could be an issue that could cause serious side effects if in fact it is implemented into law. It is already feared that parents who already are humlitated by the act of applying for aid may in fact be deterred from seeking the assistance the Federal Governement provides to millions each year. It is feared many will feel shame having to be reminded of past issues. Many people in the world today have criminal records. This does not mean they did not accept responsibility for their actions. It does not mean they did not serve their time or pay their dues. It simply means they made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes.
Another concern is that if and when the law goes into effect that felons may not be able to receive assistance and it will be the children that will inevitably suffer. Convicted felons already face harsh criminal background checks that often result in the loss of possible employment because of a less than perfect background. What will happen if these same felons, whom are despereatly looking for any kind of employment lose their much needed food assistance as well. People with criminal records often have difficulty finding permament employment because of a past they wish they could forget or relive. People in general are good and people in general would do anything other than seek government assistance to support their families. In these tough economical times in America, I wonder if this is the right time to impose more restrictions on the "average' citzen.
The North Carolina Association of County Boards of Social Services said
"(This) would likely dissuade individuals and families from seeking help because if people think they are going to be prosecuted or arrested for even seeking our services, that’s a big concern for us.”
According to FoxNews.com bill sponsor Rep. Dean Arp expressed that it is a strong possibility that this is simply to enforce already prohibited acts of fleeing felons to receive assistance. the new bill would force Social Services employees to report them to law enforcement.
Democrats opposing the bill are worried that the bill would add extra burdens to employees at the Social Services Offices in the state and are worried that the bill would reflect the idea that the state is singling out poor people in the state and in short discriminating against those simply wanting to feed their families.
It is strongly urged that you contact the North Caroline General Assembly and voice your opinion of the bill and its proposed effects on the general public. What concerns this journalist is what implications of bills like this might bring. What will a person do if they cannot feed their family and become desperate?. Will they resort to robbery or worse put an end to the painful suffering of starvation by unspeakable means?
It is doubtful that the ones trying to implement this bill into law have ever had to worry about feeding their loved ones
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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