More Than 1 in 7 Use Food Stamps in America. and Obama is proud of it.
UPDATE: My Time At Wal-Mart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform is a must read about the waste and lack of accountability in the food stamp program.
I have a friend who receives payments from the government for food, and she doesn’t get food stamps. People need to stop using the phrase ‘food stamp’ because what she gets is so much better. My friend gets an actual credit card which grocery stores call an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transaction). It is literally swiped at the register just like a credit card, only she chooses EBT instead of VISA. The government replenishes her card every single week, and they never forget. The only thing she needs to do to get the free money, is NOT work. She can even get food delivered to her home from Schwan’s Food Delivery. She can buy gum, soda, 30 dollar steaks and so much more. At the end of this blog, I have posted a list of some of the crap and luxury the government allows her to purchase with our money.
Reported By The Wall Street Journal:
More people tapped food stamps to pay for groceries in September as the recession and lackluster recovery have prompted more Americans to turn to government safety net programs to make ends meet.
Some 42.9 million people collected food stamps last month, up 1.2% from the prior month and 16.2% higher than the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nationwide 14% of the population relied on food stamps as of September but in some states the percentage was much higher. In Washington, D.C., Mississippi and Tennessee – the states with the largest share of citizens receiving benefits – more than a fifth of the population in each was collecting food stamps.
Click here to see how many people have a government-funded food Credit Card in each state.
I asked my friend to do a short write up about what the government allows her to buy with OUR money.
As a recipient of the federal food stamp program, I now eat far better than I ever did when I was working and scrimping by on $100/month budget for my children and me. Besides the substantial $525/month I receive as a family of three, I was shocked and appalled to learn what the tax payers are providing for my unworking ass.
Your taxpayer dollars will pay for energy drinks such as Red Bull. I also can purchase ANY candy or gum product. Gum is a food product, right Michelle? I also may purchase any mixers (strawberry daiquiri/margarita drinks) without alcohol in them. People always drink margarita mix as a substantial nutritional beverage, right?
One of my favorite things about this is that I may go to the deli or bakery section and get fresh donuts, customized party cakes, party subs, fresh salad bar, deli salads, etc. – all things I could not afford when I worked for a living. I also can purchase soda (which has a deposit in my state) and then return my empty cans to make some actual cash. Thanks guys! Keep paying your taxes!
I used to cut coupons and watch sale ads. Now I don’t even look at the prices on products. As for these hilarious media interviews, in which food stamp recipients claim to run out of money by the end of the month- I’ll tell ya what- it’s because they are either getting Delmonico steaks everyday or selling their food benefits for cash to buy drugs, etc- which is prevalent in the inner cities. That’s why their kids are hungry.
I don’t even have to go to the store either, as the Schwan’s man will deliver right to my door. Yes, thank you for my $19.99 gourmet fish I had this afternoon. The local butcher also takes them so I may eat farm raised choice meat products. I have lived on both sides of the food spectrum, and frankly it makes me sick to know that I was struggling while providing candy for others. If Michelle wants to regulate any food program, maybe she should look at her voters and regulate what is being paid for by the good taxpayers of America.
Oh, and guess what? Many of my friends and family will be receiving gourmet boxes of chocolate for Christmas this year.
Keep paying your taxes, guys!
Obama’s America, a place where even hard-working Republicans have given up.
Her government funded health insurance even offered to pay her a $10 gift card for taking her newborn to its first doctor’s appointment. And she told me there are other government plans that will pay you much more to take your kids to the doctor.