Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Oh, SNAP! ^ | December 14, 2012 | Charles Payne

Posted on 12/14/2012 8:25:07 AM PST by Kaslin

I happen to be a fan of Cory Booker, mayor of Newark and raising star in the Democratic Party. He's young, articulate, and represents a new school of politician in the black community. His struggle to displace the old guard that focused on fire and brimstone and shakedowns and intimidation was epic. Armed with a great education and outgoing personality, he used charm and tricks learned in debating class to get in office and gain high regard.

Yet the longer he's in office, the more it appears his goals are not unlike those of predecessor Sharp James.

Promoting victimization, income redistribution, and focusing on shame of success.

Case in point is his involvement in the SNAP Challenge - living on $33.00 of food stamps for a single week. Obviously, it sounds like a daunting task because it is a daunting task. Yet, his initial premise that young children go to school hungry because there aren't enough food stamps (the old name for SNAP) despite its meteoric rise to $76.0 billion a year with more than 47.7 million recipients. The premise is misleading and disingenuous. Mothers can qualify for SNAP and other programs including the WIC plan, child nutrition benefits, and meals-on-wheels.

In fact, WIC is specifically designed for mothers, infants, and children under 5 and available for people that are already getting food stamps.

Be that as it may, Booker took the plunge and chronicled it on Twitter.

He skipped out on coffee and Pepsi but bought a bottle of olive oil and bags of salads.

A small can of Spam and a head of iceberg lettuce would have been a lot cheaper, while Target sells a five-pack of Kool-Aid for just a $1.00. Of course, it's not all the money in the world, but people are surviving on food stamps. Most people in the system understand how to work the system as well - getting more than a single check in the household by claiming they make and cook their own meals separately from the head of household.

Moreover, SNAP is supposed to augment monies coming into a household, hence the name of the program:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

No Justice?

The idea is to help people with low earnings and help them until they get on their feet. Now there is a different movement under the guise of "Food Justice," which seeks even higher payouts to recipients and expensive incentives to farmers markets and other healthy food providers. This slippery slope would eventually also mean paying recipients' money to get to those isolated farmers markets maybe even an auto-travel allowance.

Most supermarkets have adequate selections of healthy offerings. Mayor Booker is pushing a program that would pay farmers market vendors extra to accept food stamps. This is also part of a greater cop out; poor food selection by food stamps recipients not out of necessity but from choice. Mayor Sharp would never speak badly about constitutes, and somehow it's politically incorrect to point out the waste in the food stamp program.

Despite Mayor Booker's challenges to stay alive, it's a fact that large swathes of SNAP money are poorly spent on things like potato chips and lottery tickets.

Efforts to find out just how much money is misspent have been futile even through acts designed to create government transparency. The bottom line, however, is waste is enormous and lots of kids are eating the wrong stuff. But in a world where everyone is a victim, the last thing we could expect is for recipients of taxpayer funds to be held accountable.

Political Folly

Cory Booker will decide on whether he'll run for governor of the state of New Jersey in a week. It's no secret he wants to be more than the mayor of Newark and I suspect more than governor of New Jersey. I'm sure he cares about people, but the food stamp campaign just says to people the country owes you a lot more as a birth right not tied to individual effort or contribution. There was once a young hot guy in the party that asked people to consider what they could do for their country.

Politicians including Nancy Pelosi have gone as far as to suggest SNAP and welfare helps the economy through a multiplier effect that sees $1.73 in local economic activity from each dollar doled out. Why these same politicians can't apply this principle to allowing people to keep more of the money they earn is beyond me. But the plan has been to swell the food stamp, welfare, and other dependency program rolls. The more people that are indebted to government assistance, the less opposition to larger government.

A recent letter to the Huff-Post said it all - it is hard to get off SNAP.

A college grad wrote about getting on the program in an emergency but how it's structured to kick people off abruptly at certain economic levels. Her beef is those levels should be higher, but in the process, she revealed the reality of these programs. They are designed to make poverty just comfortable enough that recipients lose the impetus to get off them. Increasing amounts paid out and places vendors that accept food stamps will create more not less dependency.

I call that political folly and it's existed with the old school guys and with the new guys, too.

PS: during his press conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke talked about all of the people unemployed and working in part time jobs by remarking "it's an enormous waste of human and economic potential."

You're not going to live off steak and lobster on the food stamp program, but it's not designed for that - it is designed to keep people alive so they can go out and seek the American Dream. How disappointing that so many are born and die on the program.

Ben Bernanke and the Forked Tongue

The Federal Reserve announced more money printing operations bringing its monthly total of stimulus to $85.0 billion in its desperate effort to jump start the economy. It's a plan the money-printing organization admits has been and will be futile. Case in point is their latest assumptions on the economy and unemployment. It's not until 2014 that GDP growth is high enough to provide a backdrop for widespread prosperity and even that's iffy.

Initially, the market was okay with the idea that the Fed would keep printing, but once the Q&A session began it felt like Big Ben was tripping all over himself with new and very odd parameters.

Told printing would go on until inflation moved north of 2.5% or the unemployment rate hit 6.5%, investors learned those milestones aren't written in stone or as Bernanke said the "Fed isn't on autopilot." The Federal Reserve Chairman also took a swipe at the unemployment rate saying the economy is not as strong as the 7.7% number might suggest. Then why the heck would he base future policy on that same flawed number?

It was very confusing, and in the end, the midday rally faded under a cloud of confusion mixed with the realization the economy is going to suck for a long time.

PS: Ben Bernanke made it clear there is nothing the Fed can do if the country goes off the Fiscal Cliff.

On that note, I know everyone wants marching orders for such a scenario, and I'm grappling with this because on one hand I don't want to fall victim to a knee-jerk reaction, yet there are risks. I promised more answers today but give me one more day to work with the team and put together parameters of a game plan. We are dealing with a bunch of variables.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: newjersey

1 posted on 12/14/2012 8:25:09 AM PST by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
I like Charles Payne, but when I started reading that he liked Cory Booker, I thought 'just darn'. But then he said:

Yet the longer he's in office, the more it appears his goals are not unlike those of predecessor Sharp James.

Promoting victimization, income redistribution, and focusing on shame of success.

Thank you, Charles .... still like you a lot.

2 posted on 12/14/2012 8:33:19 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

The first wrong premise of this ‘challenge’ is that it is the sole sum of money a leech gets. In many areas, qualification for one leech program automatically qualifies the leech for other programs, thus the pot of money and choices on what to spend it on grow.

These programs also do very very little verification of claims of need. For instance, it isn’t very hard to hide a paying job somewhere, and it is undetectable if the leech happens to be paid under the table at a part-time job.

By its very nature and name, SNAP - SUPPLEMENTAL Nutrition Assistance Program - already freely admits that its just extra ‘walking around money’ only you can use it for food! Whoopee.

3 posted on 12/14/2012 8:34:00 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I would advise against getting into it with Democrats about whether or not welfare checks are sufficient to “survive”. Can’t win on that terrain. Nearly everyone agrees with keeping taxes low and no cuts in military spending. Hold the line on debt authorization. Let the ‘Rats choose whether to cut the EPA, or Social Security, or food stamps. They don’t have it in them to do it, just watch.

4 posted on 12/14/2012 8:40:21 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gaffer
SNAP - SUPPLEMENTAL Nutrition Assistance Program

Snap is the sound a whip makes. The plantation owners originally named the program CRACK, (Cash Redistribution, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Kilograms), but participants were highly disappointed the vote buying program included no actual crack.

5 posted on 12/14/2012 9:03:30 AM PST by Reeses
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

They advertise on the radio. If you need a little extra help, come get Cal Fresh! It’s disgusting.

6 posted on 12/14/2012 9:08:25 AM PST by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Reeses
heh dat be funny!
7 posted on 12/14/2012 9:09:21 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: nutmeg


8 posted on 12/14/2012 9:12:14 AM PST by nutmeg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gaffer
The first wrong premise of this ‘challenge’ is that it is the sole sum of money a leech gets.

Liberals have spoiled a hell of a lot of oxygen jack-jawing about how balefully bad and unfair Ronald Reagan's jibes about "welfare queens" were, and we're all such waciss "typical white people" boo hoo.

Instead, Reagan looks more and more moderate and measured in his assessment every year, as the Democrat programs continue to fester, swell, bloat, suppurate, and bubble out foulness and waste.

And now the beneficiaries are playing the Knockout Game with their benefactors.

Which reminds me, speaking of bloating and swelling -- BLOAT.

9 posted on 12/14/2012 9:36:16 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle
....come get Cal Fresh! It’s disgusting.

What's Cal Fresh? Some kind of fermented "energy drink" for crack hoes?

10 posted on 12/14/2012 9:39:14 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: lentulusgracchus

And Ben Bernanke is adding 85 billion balls to the juggling act every month while making it free to borrow that money...

Wonder where that’s going to end up?

11 posted on 12/14/2012 9:40:45 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: lentulusgracchus

Cal fresh is California’s food stamps program. Now comes in a snappy credit card form.

12 posted on 12/14/2012 9:53:24 AM PST by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

When will they learn that all Democrats are the same, marching to the same socialist drummer.

13 posted on 12/14/2012 10:05:21 AM PST by HarleyD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson