Skip to comments.LEVIATHAN GOVERNMENT: The new American food-stamp plantation
Posted on 07/14/2012 5:34:20 AM PDT by Perseverando
Star Parker reveals high rate of growth in program feds claim isn't 'welfare'
The House Agriculture Committee has reported out its version of a new farm bill that will cut $16.5 billion over 10 years from funding of SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program the program once known as food stamps.
The cuts in the House bill exceed those in the Senate bill by $12 billion.
Sixteen and a half billion dollars amounts to a whopping 2 percent cut in SNAP program expenditures. At a time when we are running trillion-dollar annual federal budget deficits, its hard to see a 2 percent cut in any large spending program as provocative particularly in a program like SNAP, where spending in 2011 was over 400 percent higher than in 2000.
Yet, liberals are predictably ringing the alarm. Assistant House Democratic leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., called the cuts abominable, suggesting they will jeopardize nutrition of children and that its all about protecting the wealthy and the well-to-do.
I recall these kinds of charges from the left when I worked on reforming welfare in 1995 and 1996. Those reforms, signed into law by President Clinton, were far more sweeping than 2 percent cuts. Not only did doomsday predictions not occur, but welfare rolls were dramatically reduced, not by casting anyone into the street but by young women on welfare going to work.
Why, if cutting back on SNAP spending is about protecting the wealthy, as Clyburn would have us believe, do big corporations like Pepsi, Coca Cola, Kraft Foods and Kroger support and lobby for the program, as Time magazine recently reported they do?
Its because government spending programs, even if initiated with the best of intentions, wind up being about interests, not efficiency or compassion.
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Love this economist’s numbers and pictures. See the one of the Dole Plantation in Hawaii (aka, the western White House).
I’m guessing Hawaii will be the location of of the Baraq Hussein Obama Presidential Library and Choom Gang Museum with branches in Calif and Chicago.
Government fiefdoms must be expanded and protected. Even if what they're 'accomplishing' isn't worth doing ...or causes harm.
If the 47 million (47,000,000) on food stamps now stood and held hands (assume an average "wingspan" of 5 ft.) the line would stretch for 44,507 MILES!
And someone wants to tell me that many people can't feed themselves in the Land of Opportunity??!!
The video that is crying out to be made is “I don’t want a cheaper loan for my student debt. (another person) I don’t want another goevernment mortage deal. (another person) I don’t want food stamps. (another)I don’t want my parents medical insurance or their basement. Finally all of them - “I want a job.”
Food stamps are an irritating subject for me, because it is both very different than other forms of welfare, is much better than other forms of welfare, is not understood at all by the public, and finally could be reformed to be extremely good for everyone, including taxpayers.
Here are some little known facts on the subject:
1) America has, since the start of the 20th Century, produced *way* too much food. An overabundance of food can be even more economically destructive than a shortage of food. Even at the height of the Dust Bowl, when tens of thousands of farms were wiped out from Texas to Canada, food production was so high, during a deflation, that farmers were burning corn for fuel. *While* people elsewhere were starving.
2) Because of this, FDR basically nationalized American agriculture (using the National Socialist model), and it has remained nationalized ever since, the government pouring vast amounts of tax money at all levels of production, and buying up and warehousing surplus food, in very expensive warehouses, until it rots. It pays farmers to *not* grow food on their land. And today it wastes a huge amount of food producing ethanol.
3) Food stamp costs are deceptive, because it is a lot cheaper to give away food than to warehouse it. Reagan actually saved tens of millions of dollars by giving away vast amounts of government cheese.
4) Much of the management of the food stamp program needs to be turned over to the states, for some very commonsense reasons. The most important of these is that food stamps should only be used to purchase unprocessed (U) or just partially processed (PP) foods. People who buy their own food tend to buy processed foods (P), with only a fraction buying unprocessed or partially processed foods.
This means that vast amounts of U and PP foods could be given away *without* affecting the cost of P foods. And it would also significantly reduce waste of U and PP food past its freshness date.
5) Warehouse turnover needs to be changed so that food is given away before it rots. States could adjust accordingly based on the kinds of food they produce, so that when there is a surplus of a crop, it could be given as a free supplement to food stamps. For example, when they bought their groceries with food stamps, they could get 5 heads of lettuce thrown in for free. This would help both farmers and retailers to get rid of surplus that they have to sell deeply discounted and takes up valuable shelf space.
6) A major change to food stamps would actually discourage those who abuse the system. Lots of food, but you have to work to prepare it. That is, except for baby foods, you have to chop it up and cook it. No problem for those who truly need food, but it discourages the lazy parasite who want it both for free and prepared for them.
7) Finally, cutting off food to those who need it, unlike cutting off other welfare, is not a good motivator. When someone is hungry, their motivation is to get food to eat, not to get work so they can buy food in two weeks or a month. As in nature, where the pursuit of food is constant, people who are hungry do not try to improve themselves, because they are too busy getting their next meal, by hook or by crook.
I had an ER patient yesterday explain to me how she slipped and fell at the grocery on a puddle because she was asking the butcher if the meat was on sale and she only had a little left on her food stamps and “ needed” to get a Pick 5 lottery ticket too. By the way she stopped at her lawyer on the way to the ER.. I wanted to vomit.