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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Guts of the Farm Bill

Yes it's (another) inconvenient truth.

The Farm Bill currently under discussion in Congress is primarily about The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which used to be known as food stamps.
"Since 2008, the cost of SNAP has more than doubled from $34 billion to $74 billion," according to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. who said in a recent press release that the Obama administration has allowed food stamp enrollment to explode.
SNAP and WIC (for more information, go to benefits.gov) were designed for the very poorest of the poor - but now we're funding fully 1/7 of the country with them, and a percentage end up for sale, usually for $.50 on the dollar on craigslist and elsewhere. See the Fox News report, cited below, for their take on it.

Many years ago, I was a police officer. Back then, drug addicts sold food stamps openly and used them to buy alcohol and luxury food items all of the time.

Mom and Pop grocery stores frequently ring up one thing as another these days.  Three days ago, I stood in line to buy groceries and a lady paid with WIC to buy steaks, a bottle of Jack Daniels and some hygiene products. My check-out consisted of hamburger, but the government wasn't paying for my food -- I was. 

I don't have problems paying for WIC under these circumstances:
(FDA) The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. 
Unfortunately the fraud, waste and abuse is rampant. 
(Fox News) Food stamps --  are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. FoxNews.com found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value. 
"I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!"- Craigslist ad 
“If you need food. This is not a gimmick or game,” read one posting from Philadelphia. “Please let me know, I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!” 
“I have $500 worth and it costs $350 cash. No I will not do half!” read another posting from the Atlanta area. “I don't need to sell. If you would like to get an extra $150 to $175 in grocery and pay no taxes and can see the benefit that you will still be saving then email me or call me and we can arrange the whole deal as soon as you like.” 
“DO YOU NEED SOME QUICK CASH?? -- $100 (atlanta),” read the title of one such post, under which the buyer offered: "If you get Food Stamps and need some extra cash then hit me asap,” reads the post. 
In another posting from the Trenton, N.J., area, the seller claims that he will have a $100 EBT card available on Nov. 1 for $60.
The Republican controlled House of Representatives is trying to reign in the spending but the Democrats, whose interest is in buying votes, are pushing back with Barack Obama leading the charge.

5 comments:

  1. No surprise, the Dems are 'protecting' their base... And screwing the rest of us!!!

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    1. Making and keeping people dependent on government is the surest way to create 'unwitting slaves'. It's like heroin, only more effective.

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  2. I'm tired of this crap. Don't they know we need more IRS agents? See, we can hire them.

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  3. In some respects, the only difference between us and Greece, is size.

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