President Obama likes to remind everyone that he is definitely NOT the ‘food stamp president.’
Forget the fact that food stamp usage has drastically increased under his administration – he is not promoting food stamp usage.
President Obama may not be the ‘food stamp president,’ but he is the president who has put out a massive advertising campaign to show people just how accessible food stamps are.
Glenn played the audio from one of the ads on radio this morning:
VOICE 1: I love taking my grandkids to the park, but if I want to keep up with those little bundles of energy, I have to stay healthy and eat right. And that can be a real challenge. But that's where food stamp benefits come in. They help me eat right when money's tight.
VOICE 2: Would you look at Margie. She looks amazing.
VOICE 1: Yes, she sure does.
VOICE 2: I wonder how she stays so fit. What's her secret?
VOICE 1: Well, she told me that food stamp benefits help her eat right and she stays active, too.
VOICE 2: Oh. I didn't know they helped people our age.
VOICE 1: Oh, food stamps help lots of people. People you know.
VOICE 2: Wait. You, too?
VOICE 1: Yes, I do.
“No! She's on them, too,” Glenn joked. “Everybody is on food stamps. Well, gee, Marge, maybe I should be on food stamps.”
“How do you stay so young,” Pat asked. “Well, I eat right, exercise, and I use food stamps every day.”
“But he’s definitely not… he’s not the food stamp president,” Glenn responded.
While there is nothing wrong with people using food stamps as a last resort, encouraging the use of food stamps because it’s easier than ever to get approved for them takes the dangers of an entitlement society to a new level.
“There's nothing wrong ‑ if our folks are ‑ if our folks are struggling and there's nobody in the family to help them, that's what food stamps are for,” Glenn said. “For people who are really struggling and can't. But listen to this ad again. That's not what it is. This is like, ‘You know, sometimes I wet my pants.’ That's why there's Depends. I mean...”
“Do you get the impression after listening to that ad that the food actually tastes better if you purchase it with food stamps,” Stu asked.
“Marge is going, she's let herself go,” Glenn responded. “She was eating hot dogs, Twinkies and Doritos.”
“But now she's on food stamps,” Pat said. “But look how great she looks now. Now she's a fashion model.”
All kidding aside, it is incredible to think that a measure put in place to temporarily help people who are struggling is now being touted as a lifestyle choice.
“Here's an ad for people who are 70 years old who need to know about food stamps. We all know that food stamps is the, is the last thing you were taught to get onto. You were taught not to take charity from the government. You were taught to make it yourself,” Glenn concluded.
“And you know what? You have made it your whole life. You've worked hard. You've put money in. You did the right thing,” he continued. “And if times right now are too tight for you, this is exactly what this program was made for. Not deadbeats, not people who won't work, but people who can't or just can't make ends meet to be able to get the nutrition that they need to be a productive citizen.”
“Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you need them? Now, are you too proud to take them? If you need them, take them. You're exactly the person they're made for. That's the way it works.”