The USDA (the same group that uses tax payer dollars to host diversity training sessions with lessons about how pilgrims were “illegal aliens”) is now saying that food stamps are good for the country. In fact, on the USDA website you can download your own poster that says, “Food Stamps Make America Stronger”:
Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
TheBlaze has reported that under the Obama Administration, food stamp usage has grown nearly 50 percent – from 31 million people in 2008 to 47.7 million people as of February 2013. To put that number in perspective, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Canada.
The USDA is openly touting the alleged economic benefits of the food stamp program. According to its website:
• Every $5 in new food stamp benefits generates almost twice as much ($9.20) in total community spending
• If the national participation rate rose just 5 percent, 1.9 million more low-income people would be able to spend an additional $1.3 billion on healthy food. This would generate $2.5 billion in new economic activity nationwide.
Additionally, the USDA claims, “In fiscal year 2009, the average monthly SNAP benefit per household was approximately $272. These benefits, funded by federal dollars, create business when they’re redeemed at your local food retailers. Eighty-six percent of business, totaling $25 billion, were redeemed at the nation’s 35,000 supermarkets. The remaining benefits, totaling $3.6 billion, contribute to the viability of 121,000 other firms, which include grocery stores, convenience stores, combination stores, farmer’s markets, and other retail food stores; plus wholesalers and meal services.”
“This is unbelievable,” Glenn said to open the radio this morning. “What are they doing to us?”
Based on this campaign, it looks like what was once considered a temporary aid for Americans who had fallen on tough times is now the new normal – one that will require the ever shrinking tax base in this country to foot a big bill.