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January 28, 2014

Conservatism rings through Narcisse message

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Not only would the savings create less of a burden on taxpayers and provide more money for other public needs, a better education would aid those who receive public assistance, according to Narcisse.

Another objective of Narcisse's is to restore dignity and compassion to public assistance programs. He believes that neither Hatch nor Branstad realize what compassion is. The way public assistance is doled out now is destructive. 

For instance, some of those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (food stamps) have been known to sell their cards for cash. The cash is used to purchase drugs, which leads to more crime in poor areas of the state. Narcisse suggests requiring the users show identification when using the SNAP cards. 

"We're saying, 'Do it ethically,'" Narcisse said. "Your compassion is devastating to my community." 

He went on to say, "Compassion is saying we're going to introduce you to the healing effects of work." Narcisse would ask public assistance beneficiaries to perform public works to benefit the community. Not only would the community get this work done, but Narcisse believes that working would instill a sense of pride and purpose in welfare recipients, while also providing recipients with work experience to help them find a job of their own. The goal for Narcisse is to get people off of public assistance. 

"I don't want to entitle people," Narcisse said. "I want to empower people." 

Real compassion, to Narcisse, is saying, "we will help you, you will help yourself." He is also critical of government-funded housing programs that provide slumlords and developers millions in taxpayer money. 

The Democratic Party, according to Narcisse, used to believe in helping others but instead has become a lobby for special interest groups. One example he provides is the Democrats' refusal to adjust the rules for SNAP benefits, to allow the poor to purchase items such as soap, deodorant, etc., while allowing the benefits to be used to buy Monster Energy drinks and Doritos. 

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