Your Tax Dollars At Work: California Beach Bum “Living the Dream” Off Food Stamps

His name is Jason Greenslate, and he’s a 29-year-old long-haired surfer dude living in La Jolla, California with no official address. He hangs out with friends, rides the waves, hits on women, drinks booze, and plays in a rock band at a local club:

“Wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking… I surf everyday. It’s wonderful, man. Just get away from everything, clear your head. Get out with the boys. Have a good time… I don’t got a paycheck coming in so I qualify.”

Qualify for food stamps, that is. He has absolutely no desire nor incentive to get a job and make money for himself. That’s because he’s living off the taxpayers, and he’s proud of it. As he told a Fox News reporter, getting a job is “not the direction I’m going right now.” He wants to be a rock star. In fact, in one of his songs, he sings, “I ain’t got no motherf****** job; I’d rather be broke, steal and rob.” That’s his dream, and he’s living it.

Jason’s got a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) card, from which he is able to draw $200 a month that he uses to buy food in the “gourmet” section of his local grocer. Lobster, sushi and coconut water are some of his favorites. “All paid for by our wonderful tax dollars,” he said in the checkout line, with a nonchalant grin.

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He has no address of his own, because he’s also able to crash at any number of his friends’, family’s, or girlfriends’ house whenever he wants.

When he was asked what he would say to people who criticize his food stamp lifestyle, he replied, “Why would it be bad? It’s free food. It’s awesome.” Fox News’ John Roberts pressed him further:

“What would you say to somebody who’s looking at this, saying, ‘I’m working hard, paying taxes, so that Jason can live his surfer lifestyle, be in his band and get $200 a month to buy good quality food?’”

Greenslate responded:  “Thank you, taxpayers!…thanks.”

What’s so striking to me is not just that he’s a complete leech, but that he’s so open and honest about the whole thing. He doesn’t care one bit about the fact that he’s living the “good life” off other people’s hard-earned money. In fact, he seems to get a kick out of it.

Next time some Democrat makes disparaging remarks about how conservatives want people to starve on the streets by taking away their food stamps, just think of Jason Greenslate. Those are the types of people that should be cut off from the program. I don’t like the food stamp program at all, but barring the likes of Greenslate from participating in it would likely save millions of taxpayer dollars.

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