One of the three issues we learned about is issue of policy. Issues of policy are basically questions about what we should do and how things should be. For example, most controversial issues could be seen as issues of policy. These could include abortion, legalizing marijuana, and the debate on capital punishment. They mostly seem to deal with legal issues and public policy.
One issue that is the most important to me is welfare. Because of the economy, so many people get assistance from the government, including some people who do not deserve it. I currently work in a pharmacy and I have seen several people buying things they should not be using government for. I have seen people buying pain medicine like Percocet or Norco, which are heavily, heavily abused, using food stamp cards. Some of those people also buy large amounts of junk food and candy and other things they don't really need. I work hard being a full-time student and also working full-time so I can buy groceries and pay my bills, while you have other people who do nothing but get government assistance and get to buy high quality food and not worry about money. I know many people do use Welfare the way it should be used and several people do actually need it, but some people simply abuse it. I have even heard of people exchanging their food stamps to buy drugs, which also infuriates me. I know not much of my paychecks go towards government assistance programs, but even knowing a little bit does bothers me when I know some people are abusing it like that. I think that they should drug test for welfare because I don't think it's right that people who work for what they have and people who work hard just to struggle still have to give up some of their money so some people can buy their drugs with the help they get from the government.
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