Back to school spree: Billionaire, feds give out $175M to aid neediest students around the state If they actually use it on school supplies, great. I applaud them and congratulate them on wanting a better life for their children. However, since people on welfare usually have the poorest track record of managing their financial situation, I doubt that little more than half go to school supplies. And I'm being generous. A better way would for the government to partner with office supply stores and general stores such as WalMart and give out vouchers to these stores only. Not quite sure if this is logistically possible, but I would like to see at the very least an attempt at such a thing rather than this. On the flip side, it is more of a direct stimulus, albeit a very very small one. Bonus quotes in article: "It's free money!" -- No it's not. The majority of it is taxpayer money. "Thank God for Obama. He's looking out for us." -- You're pretty cheap if your vote is only worth $200 of someone else's money.