There’s a joke in here somewhere, I just know it. But this report doesn’t put me in a jovial mood.
Via CNS News:
New York and Massachusetts are administering food stamps to 2,000 dead people, according to Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) catalog of government waste.
The 2012 Waste Book, released earlier this week, documents $4.5 billion in waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.
Among his findings, Coburn said that, “The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined.”
“Additionally, its investigation revealed 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are on state lists that should exclude them from receiving food stamps,” the report said, amounting to $1.4 million in unnecessary payments each month, or $147.03 for each recipient, dead or alive.
Read more about the report to also learn how food stamp recipients are qualifying by having the cost of marijuana deducted from their income. Seriously.
Also, had to share this joke from one of the commenters.
I took my dog down to the welfare office to sign him up for Food Stamps. The lady said he couldnt get food stamps “cause he is a dog”.
I told her he qualifies for the following reasons (1) He doesn’t work, just lies around the house all day. (2) He doesn’t know who his daddy is. (3) He likes anybody that feeds him. She checked her book, he gets his stamps next Monday and his Democrat voter registration pack came in today.
Today, Romney for President released a new television advertisement titled “Too Many Americans.” Too many Americans are struggling to find work or are living paycheck to paycheck. Mitt Romney will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years and help lift families out of poverty, while strengthening the middle class. We can’t afford another four years like the last.
Turns out, accusations that the President has gutted the welfare reform enacted by Bill Clinton and a Republican congress in 1996, is true.
After suspending a work requirement for the eligibility of food stamps, those who collected their government handouts sky-rocketed.
Via the Washington Examiner:
Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.
In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”
In other words, stay home and collect your government welfare check, as opposed to going to work and collecting your paycheck. This is where the notion that Obama supporters sign the back of checks, while Romney supporters sign the front of checks comes from.
It is also why people refer to Obama as the food stamp President. This is the 47% of people that Obama panders to, and tries to purchase their votes, and it is the 47% that Romney can’t be concerned about when campaigning.
Romney is right.
Individuals who find it more rewarding to collect their welfare checks as opposed to their work checks will never be motivated enough to follow Romney’s vision to get America back on the right economic path.
‘Cause everybody knows, the more people that are on food stamps, the more likely they are going to vote for the guy who gives them their freebies.
Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle. Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a “true/false” quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.
The good news is, you can pick up drinks and cigs for the party using your EBT card. If the clerk refuses to allow it, just have them fired.
This ‘throw a party for food stamps’ initiative comes on the heals of a report that has the Obama admin running ads urging people to sign up for food stamps because “they make you look good“.
Clearly the one in seven Americans already on food stamps is not enough for the President. He wants more. He wants you to think it’s the norm. He wants you to think it’s cool.
But most importantly – he wants your vote. Because who’s going to get the food stamp vote – the candidate who wants to get America back to work, or the candidate who wants you to forgo work in lieu of food stamps and 100 weeks of unemployment checks?
Don’t call Obama the ‘food stamp President’ though – that’s racist code don’t ya know?
Allen West said it best when he stated that Republicans don’t want to get rid of welfare safety nets, they just don’t want to see the safety net become a hammock.
Let’s hope voters get out of their hammock in November.
Via the Washington Examiner:
So, Obama ups the unemployment rate over 8%, watches 88 million people drop out of the workforce, and sits back as the votes roll in because those people no longer have to work to earn their money?
I’ve been wrong all along. Obama is a genius.
Alternate headline: Congressional Budget Office Gets All Racist on President Obama.
‘Cause, you know, it’s racist to call him the Food Stamp President…
Via the Wall Street Journal:
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.Spending for the program, not including administrative costs, rose to $72 billion in 2011, up from $30 billion four years earlier. The CBO projected that one in seven U.S. residents received food stamps last year.In a report, the CBO said roughly two-thirds of jump in spending was tied to an increase in the number of people participating in the program, which provides access to food for the poor, elderly, and disabled. It said another 20% “of the growth in spending can be attributed to temporarily higher benefit amounts enacted in the” 2009 stimulus law.
This should be a sobering reminder that the economic recovery being touted by the administration is nothing but a steaming pile of nonsense. Labor Union Report has information which brings a much needed dose of reality to the conversation, in a post titled, From Hope to Hopelessness: Obama’s Economy Has 88 Million “Not In Labor Force”.
…after Friday’s jobs numbers came out (the economy added 120,000 jobs) Labor Secretary Hilda Solis promptly proclaimed: “That’s a noteworthy achievement.”
In fact, for the man who campaigned on the message of “hope” in 2008, the 120,000 jobs added is much fewer (about half) than expected and the edging down of the unemployment to 8.2% is not from job creation but from hopelessness.
There are now 88 million Americans who are “Not In Labor Force,” according to Department of Labor statistics…
Here is a chart to aid in visualizing the rapid climb of the non-working.
Labor Union Report also adds:
The hard truth for Barack Obama is:
People have given up.
They have gone from ‘Hope’ to Hopelessness.
Indeed. They have also gone from paychecks to food stamps. Why work when the government will pay you not to?
For a guy who was fired from NPR for allegedly making bigoted comments, you’d think Juan Williams would learn his lesson that not everything on this planet can be viewed as racist. Yet he still doubled down by trying to explain a supposed racist code being used by GOP candidates. One of those codes, ‘Food Stamp President’ makes little sense as a racist comment, as a majority of those on food stamps are white.
Liberals such as this simply cannot accept the fact that a majority of Americans would like to see a society in which people are rewarded for hard work, and are not rewarded for staying home by collecting 99 weeks worth of unemployment benefits.
When the left doesn’t agree, then it has to be racism.
Williams is a smart guy, but this is dumb enough to not even warrant a response.
Via his op-ed at The Hill:
Actually come to think of it, this sounds more like a guy who had his ass handed to him at the Fox News debate by Newt Gingrich, and simply has to keep justifying his point of view.
Get over it, Juan.