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Food Stamps Make You Look And Feel Better

From Breitbart:


USDA: Food Stamps Will Help You Look Your Best

By Dr. Susan Berry | 22 Jun 2012

Although former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was smeared as “racist” by many Democrats and members of the main stream media for declaring Barack Obama “the food stamp president,” it turns out that, according to the USDA, being a “food stamp president” is really hip.

This actually misrepresents the ad. It doesn’t’ make Food Stamps ‘hip’ so much. Since it is supposed to be two retired black women talking. (Which actually seems a little racist to us.)

But clearly the intention here is, once again, to ‘mainstream’ getting a government handout. To make it acceptable, even the ‘new normal.’

In fact, the nation’s agricultural agency says, in a recent video ad, that signing up for food stamps can make you look and feel your best.

Focus on the food stamp program comes as the Senate on Tuesday voted against reform of the welfare program, approving $770 billion in spending on it over the next 10 years. Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-Alabama) amendment proposed to limit excesses of the program by establishing a federal asset test to ensure that food stamps are going to families who truly need them.

The vote against Sen. Sessions’ reform amendment was approved, 56-43, with the help of Republicans Scott Brown (Massachusetts), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine), and Dean Heller (Nevada). Claire McCaskill (Missouri) was the sole Democrat to vote with the majority of Republicans.

In other words, the ‘usual suspects.’

Sen. Sessions also attempted to end what can only be described as the ludicrous federal policy of paying $500 million in bonuses to states that sign up more people for food stamps. That amendment also lost, 58-41.

Almost 48 million people received food stamps in 2011, an increase from the 28.2 million who received the welfare benefit in 2008. The cost to taxpayers has more than doubled during this period, to $78 billion, and will account for 78% of Farm Bill spending over the next ten years. Thirty-nine states have no solid asset test to determine food stamp eligibility

It is really a laugh to even call it a ‘Farm Bill.’

It should just be called a Food Stamp Bill, from our Food Stamp President.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Food Stamps Make You Look And Feel Better”

  1. dasher

    Not to hijack the post, but speaking of food, the President is here in Atlanta today and I’ve read that he stopped at The Varsity for lunch. The Varsity is notorious for really good greasy food (burgers, dogs, excellent o-rings and frozen orange drinks). Apparently he is indeed “stepping out” and off Michelle’s diet plan when on the road.

    D.

  2. mr_bill

    Here’s the asset test:
    1.) Do you own a plasma TV over 36″?
    2.) Do you own more than 1 television
    3.) Do you own a video game console?
    4.) Do you have a Netflix subscription?
    5.) How many pairs of sneakers do you own?
    6.) What is the year/make/model of your car? Provide documentation.
    7.) Do you have a cell phone AND a home phone?

    By applying for food stamps, you authorize the USDA to search government records and make a surprise visit to your home to verify your answers. If you are unemployed, you must submit to a military doctor’s examination to verify whether you are physically capable of work. If you are, you will be placed into your municipality’s work pool as long as you are on the program. If you have your xbox hooked up to a 52″ plasma television so you can play online games or watch movies on netflix, you are SOL. Any lies on this form will earn you a Roger Clemens-style rectal examination and perjury prosecution. Food stamp benefits are good for the purchase of beans, rice, milk, cheese, K rations, produce, baking staples, oatmeal, and bologna. If you want ketchup, mustard, chips, soda, steak, candy, etc., get a job. If you want bread, learn to bake it.

    Food stamps will be day-glow orange stamps with your name printed on them. They will not come loaded on a debit card that looks like a bank card. We want people around you to know you are using their money to buy your groceries. If that makes you uncomfortable, do something about it. They will only be valid if presented by the person to whom they are issued. Your ID will be checked.

    Too harsh?

    I don’t mind food stamps for those who are truly going through a hard time, those who are elderly or infirm, and those who are physically incapable of working. That was the intention of the program from the start. What I cannot abide is food stamps being used as a subsidy program for those who could afford their groceries, but choose to buy non-necessities instead. If you own a new iPhone and a bunch of fancy shoes, you don’t need food stamps. You need better priorities.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yup, being on a welfare program should not be done in a way that allows you blend in with regular people. However, in these times, even those whose intentions to go back to work are sincere, where are they going to go work? Who’s hiring?

      Thus the effectiveness of the national socialists’ goal to get everyone in hock to GovCo.

      That way, fewer will be willing to vote away their security blanket.

      Welfare has exploded under this regime.http://www.americanthinker.com.....level.html Yet there’s no end in sight for people to rise up and better themselves.

      “You can’t end poverty by giving poor people money”. P.J. O’Rourke.

      At the base of it is that this regime has added to the welfare roles many decent, hardworking Americans who prefer not to be taking tax dollars just to survive. Though they get government assistance, they would much prefer to have Obama gone so the capitalist market can once again thrive and businesses could hire.

      So, it is foolish of the national socialists to think that everyone on welfare will vote for them. They will be shocked when the tally is in in November when they are un-elected and sent off to the lecture circuit. They will be clueless as to how that could happen after spending so much money on “the poor”.

      But these are “poor” they helped to create by heavy regulation, drilling moratoriums, prohibition on various things to allow entrepreneurs to start and/or expand their businesses, etc. And these poor aren’t the least bit happy about it. They want to return to the lifestyle they had going for them before twig-boy was elected.

      The transformation of this nation is stillborn right now and running into that “thing called the Constitution” as El Hefe put it some years ago, that “prohibits him from just making a law”. It irks him no end and he’s done everything he can to go around it which also ticks off, not only the conservatives but man in the libertarian camp and independents as well as some democrats.

      His pandering to certain population segments will make a slight difference in the voting turnout, but not the way you’d think. For every action, there’s an equal but opposite reaction and although the “actions” get a lot of press time, the “reactions” are the potential energy of the people he’s pissed off. If they’re already pissed, the feeling merely grows. If they are of the more recently pissed-off variety, it carries sufficient energy of its own to cast a vote against him or just stay home.

    • AcornsRNutz

      “I don’t mind food stamps for those who are truly going through a hard time, those who are elderly or infirm, and those who are physically incapable of working. That was the intention of the program from the start.”

      No it wasn’t. That’s how it was sold. Very different. Just like the ADA was sold on the premise that no one would object to not having crippled people stuck out on the sidewalk. This also pre-supposed that such a problem existed, which I highly doubt was as much an epidemic as it was claimed. In fact, both these programs were to designed from the get go to create government dependency and a tool forthe government to manipulate the free market, voters, and ultimately our lives as they saw fit. I am tired of the “good intentions” argument. I DO have a problem taking care of anyone. Meals on wheels does a better job of feeding the old and infirm and they don’t take any money from me against my will.

    • AcornsRNutz

      To clarify since I can’t seem to edit my last, I meant that I DO have a problem with the government taking care of anybody. I do not oppose and in fact strongly support any efforts by private citizens to take care of their fellow man when they have the means. At their own discretion and rate of contribution. I firmly believe also that every government entitlement program, and all the ones that asked us to give up a little constitutionally guaranteed freedom and state sovereignity to “take care of the less fortunate” was wrong and immoral from the very start. But I do wear a tin foil hat.

      Either way, intentions be damned, that’s what they are now, and they should be abolished.

  3. beautyofreason

    I read an article a few months ago about liberals issuing a “food stamp challenge,” and people (young, naive, Democratic college students) complaining that it was hard to eat enough on $23 / person a week.

    Well, I think that’s misleading. Eating on a small amount can be done without a lot of work – With prices going up in the crap economy (doubling in some cases), it is getting harder but it can still be done. Where I live dried beans are between $1 – 2 a lb, brown rice is about .65 cents a lb, carrots around $1.00 / lb and bananas are 3 lb for about $1.50. A whole chicken can be spread out over a week for around .99 / lb on sale. Pasta will go for about .75 cents on sale. Generic tuna is about .65 cents a can at a certain chain. Whole grain bread can be made at home in a bread machine for about .75 cents. Milk is quite high at around $3.60 a gallon. I pulled up my budget the other day and found that I paid around $95 for food last month – without noticeable deprivation or loss of calories. I still have food left on the shelf. The total for a preferred diet may be more than this amount, but surely not a lot more.

    I expect a lot of people on food stamps waste them on frozen meals, soda, and processed sweets. Maybe if they didn’t have the safety net on the government dole, they would be more careful about what they purchase.

  4. P. Aaron

    But does the damn card still work at my casino?

  5. canary

    Seriously, the future is that all American’s get on food stamps. Food ration cards. Higher tech will be the implant that the government will adjust by computer and people won’t know til they try and get food if their ration has been changed or cut off because of some type punishment. Won’t be the first time, everyone got food ration cards.

    There is a reason to kill farming by protecting a rare bug or worm. I don’t know why people are afraid to say the word Socialism when I consider a lot going on communism. I don’t care if we do vote for our leaders.

    Soon we’ll all be eating military freeze dried food rations too. Only you won’t get to add water to your hamburger patty.

  6. imnewatthis

    Color me disgusted.

  7. Petronius

    In 1965, LBJ declared a War on Poverty. Now almost fifty years later it seems that poverty has won.

    Since 1965 welfare spending has increased 13-fold.

    http://www.heritage.org/resear.....next-steps

    Yet what do we have to show for it?

    We could have had en economy beyond our wildest dreams, with the DJIA over 50,000, and lived in a debt free nation. We could have left China in the dust. We could have built colonies on the moon and Mars, and explored planets in other solar systems. We might have cured cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.

    But instead we made a conscious decision to provide trillions in welfare for moochers, both foreign and domestic.

    So what has all that welfare spending accomplished? It has enabled us to import 125 million new Third World immigrants to enrich our culture and our public schools and to boost the welfare rolls. It has assuaged the boundless guilt of countless white Liberals with warm and fuzzy feelings. And it has enabled and funded that vast criminal enterprise known as the Democrat Party.

    Well, it was fun while it lasted. But soon they will run out of other people’s money.

  8. AcornsRNutz

    Anybody from Missouri? I happen to be from Maine, and I’ll trade you 2 republicans for 1 democrat! Come on, how could this be a bad deal?


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