Skip to comments.CBO: Food Stamp Rolls Estimated to Hit Historic High
Posted on 03/28/2013 3:54:55 PM PDT by EXCH54FE
There are more Americans today collecting food stamps than ever before, and that number is expected to rise steadily for the rest of the year, according to the CBO. The Wall Street Journal reports:
The financial crisis is over and the recession ended in 2009. But one of the federal government's biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn't shrinking back alongside the recovery.
Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the modern-day food-stamp benefit is known, has soared 70% since 2008 to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012. Congressional budget analysts think participation will rise again this year and dip only slightly in coming years.
The biggest factor behind the upward march of food stamps is a sluggish job market and a rising poverty rate. At the same time, many states have pushed to get more people to apply for SNAP, a program where the federal government picks up the tab.
But there is another driver, which has its origins in President Bill Clinton's 1996 welfare overhaul. In recent years, the law has enabled states to ease asset and income tests for would-be participants, with the encouragement of the Obama administration, allowing into the program people with relatively higher incomes as well as savings.
The new rules were designed to encourage people to take advantage of the program before they became destitute. By expanding the pool of potential applicants, they are redrawing the landscape of government assistance. It is one reason why SNAP appears to have evolved from a program that rose and fell with the unemployment rate to a more permanent feature of the landscape.
Republicans are often portrayed as heartless advocates for cutting government programs that ostensibly help children, senior citizens, and the poor. But the truth is that many -- I daresay most -- of the people on, say, food stamps, really shouldnt be. Because of poorly crafted policies (dating back to the Clinton era and continuing through the present day) more and more Americans are lining up to receive food-assistance benefits. Why? Because the government has perversely incentivized -- and recruited people -- to accept government hand-outs they dont need. And while this certainly helps Democrats expand their voting rolls -- and win elections -- how does this promote a vibrant, healthy 21st century economy? Isn't that what we want above all else?
The key to eradicating poverty is crafting policies that empower citizens -- not making them dependent on free benefits. As meticulously detailed in Arthur C. Brooks book, The Road to Freedom, opportunity created via the free enterprise system is what lifts humanity out of poverty -- not government. Of course, we should absolutely have a social safety net that protects the poorest among us who cant provide for themselves. But there must be realistic and stringent restrictions on receiving government benefits. Our public policies should encourage and promote working. After all, Big Government stifles innovation and traps people in poverty; it doesnt create prosperity.
Another argument for commodities, eh? Oil and food. Propagandize panics for those items as we’ve seen so successfully done in another market recently. ;-)
Maybe that's what we want. But it's certainly not what nobama wants. Cloward-Piven to the rescue. nobama needs as many people as he can possibly get sucking on the government teat. More suckers!!! More takers!!!
All of this speeds us towards the day nobama can declare himself dick tator for life and gloat as the USA turns into a turd world hell hole.
The Republicans could have done something about this via a funding reduction in the Continuing Resolution they passed recently. But they did not.
Not forgiving them for that.
Then, they want to add millions of illegal immigrants to these numbers.
> CBO: Food Stamp Rolls Estimated to Hit Historic High
Obama probably thinks that “the economy is doing great because more people are receiving food”.
parasites that become so fat they need gastric bypasses