Fastest growing sector of big federal government is welfare expenditures. There are now 80 different programs funded by tax dollars and borrowed money.
According to Heritage, “Today, the food stamps program is one of the largest and the fastest growing of the roughly 80 welfare programs funded by the federal government.” Food Stamp spending has doubled from roughly $39 billion in 2008 to an estimated $85 billion in 2012.
How big is welfare spending? Breitbart’s research tells the story: “The number of individuals on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of 24 states and the District of Columbia.” Food stamp recipients equal the combined populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The USDA ‘SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM’ reports food stamp recipients for this month (November 2012) at 47,102,780 – one in seven Americans. Food Stamp expenditures (officially called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) are double what they were four years ago.
And then there is the fruad. Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT) are bought and sold openly, easily converting EBT funds into ready cash. What can one do with the cash? How about big-screen TV’s, new appliances or even a car?
Don’t for a moment think there are not genuinely hungry people in your community. Unemployment is still at record high and discouraged workers no longer seek work. This is real.
Back when Bill Clinton was president, a Republican Congress legislsated a work requirement for welfare recipients (Bill took credit for this reform, but he was just the pragmatic Democrat). That work requirement was still in place when Obama took office and with one swift “executive decree”, he eliminated the requirement that welfare recipients seek work. Why? He is creating a greater and growing dependent class that will vote for Democrats. In fact, his Homeland Security Department actuall PROMOTES welfare benefits to newly arrived aliens.
What can you do? Talk to your neighbors and co-workers. Share this information with whomever will listen. Contact your congressional delegation to protest the outrageous growth of wasteful welfare spending.
Unemployed Americans need jobs. Jobs come from a demand for products and services. But, ObamaTaxes, ObamaCare and other socialist measures threaten the livelihood of every living man, woman and child living in this country today.
The solution is LOWER SPENDING, not HIGHER TAXES.