I personally have never needed to rely on government assistance such as Food Stamps, but I have many friends, relatives, and acquaintances, who thankfully were able to weather the bad times with a little help from subsidized housing, a government supported job, or things like Food Stamps. Wait! I lied. When I was in college I received a state scholarship that paid my tuition for four years and for almost three years I was working at the University under the Work Study program. I don’t know if it was the State or the Federal government that subsidized my employment, but I do know it gave me the support I needed to finish school and, arguably, to go on to be a success in my life (ask my three ex-wives).