In the last decade, the number of food stamp recipients has skyrocketed. In 2000, 17 million were on the program and today 46 million are on the dole. This is a statistic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture takes pride in! In fact, the department is trying to expand the program because apparently 1 in 7 Americans on the dole is not good enough.
The Department of Agriculture recently gave out an award to community organizers for increasing citizen participation in the government handout program. The group was praised for helping a certain ethnic group overcome their strong feelings of independence and personal responsibility. Oh isn’t that nice?
Posted in the comment section of the USA Today’s Editorial:Food stamps expansion driven by politics is a gem of wisdom:
” LESSON IN IRONY” “The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.
This concludes today’s lesson.”
The Washington Times reports that the federal government will not disclose where the $80 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent each year in food stamps. It could range from candy to steak, from prepared sandwiches at the deli to shrimp cocktail or perhaps a bag of chips at a convenience store.
Read the entire editorial below:
Editorial: Food stamps expansion driven by politics
The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. And its economy is recovering from recession faster than those in most other industrialized nations. So why do the numbers of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) keep surging?The numbers are stark. In 1992, about 25 million Americans took part in the program. By 2000, thanks to an unusually strong economy and overly rigid restrictions on qualifying, the number had fallen to 17 million. But since then, they have been going straight up. As of April, 46 million Americans, more than one in seven, were receiving assistance. Its annual cost meanwhile has risen from $17 billion in 2000 to $78 billion as of last year.
The value of the program is not in doubt. People in need obviously should not be left without food. But numbers like these erode people’s faith in the fairness of government anti-poverty programs. These numbers are not driven by a rise in hunger. Indeed they have come about at a time when Americans — particularly those on the lower-income rungs — are struggling with obesity.
Rather the growth in SNAP, as the program providing food assistance is called, is being driven by politics as usual. Rural and urban lawmakers form an odd alliance to scratch each other’s back. The rural representatives support expanding SNAP in return for getting the latter’s support on farm subsidies. And vice versa.