I believe I’m becoming desensitized to massive stupidity. I should be shocked, but I’m not. This might have to be a whiskey night. I don’t think beer is going to cut it.
While spending on the food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama, the government continues to push more Americans to enroll in the welfare program.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has embraced entire promotional campaigns designed to encourage eligible Americans to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
According to the USDA, greater food stamp usage can be an economic plus for states and communities.
“Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in an additional community spending,” the USDA contends in their outreach guidance. “If the national participation rate rose five percentage points, 1.9 million more low-income people would have an additional $1.3 billion in benefits per year to use to purchase healthy food and $2.5 billion total in new economic activity would be generated nationwide.”
A pamphlet currently posted at the USDA website encourages local SNAP offices to throw parties as one way to get potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the program.
The ads have been running since March and are scheduled to continue through the end of June — at a cost of $2.5 million — $3 million, CNN Money reported Monday.
Nothing says party like increasing poverty!
Okay, let’s forget about the highly questionable practice of luring people in to become wards of the state. And, let’s forget the idea of spending money in an attempt to spend even more money.
But, once again, we see more of that absurdity about federal largess generating economic activity. If that’s the case, then simply put us all on food stamps and we’ll eat our way to prosperity! And, let’s also call BS on the other absurdity about allowing them to buy healthy food. That’s a lie. Foodstamp recipients can buy whatever food they wish to buy with their foodstamps. There are some nonsensical rules about what they can buy as far as being prepared or packaged, but healthy foods doesn’t come into play. They can buy cocoa-puffs and soda-pop and anything else they want.
But, the worst part of all of this is something not stated but implied. We actually have someone measuring success as how many people we can convince that they are too poor to do for themselves and need to live off of the federal teat.
WTF is wrong with these people? Maybe the captain was right, all there’s left to do is enjoy the decline. Poverty party!!!!
Woo Hooo!!!! Rocking with FoodStamps!!!
Interesting map. Party like its 2029 in China?
I have this great idea, you can bail out American banks with food stamps when they go under. The Europeans would surely help, they have great food and vast experience in bailing out dodgy bankers.
That is an excellent plan! Heck, if food stamps are so effective, maybe we can give some to the poor bankers in Europe! It’s such an effective program that we’ve double our dependency in only 4 years! Good times for all!!!
Yes, very interesting map. Not a happy map, mind you, but an interesting map.
Given that China has 1.3 bn people, plus 100 mill Japanese, plus 1.3 bn Indians, plus several hundred other peoples in South Asia, it just shows a little normalization in the income disparity. The fact that they’re becoming richer doesn’t mean we become poorer – with “we” I mean Europe and America, the classic centre of the industrial revolution.
I think it was Peter Schiff who said that we normally become richer not because we get more money but because our money lasts for more thies ngs.
Personally, I’m very glad that the lives of people in India, China etc. improve; I like especially the Indians a lot, having worked with a bunch of them.
I hope that China can establish the rule of law and property rights in the future, though; their success is built on shaky foundations as long as they don’t.
Well, yes, but that’s the thing. Clearly “poor” is relative. And, like you, I’m happy to see those people engage and raise their standard of living, but, I do think much of that has been done at the expense of others. Our leaders have created an antagonist market relationship rather than sympathetic and cooperative one in many cases.
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AHA! ….ON THE FOOD STAMP CLAIM