Food stamps [or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)] is a program that went completely out of control under President Obama. Below one can see the massive surge that occurred in 2009. So what happened in 2009? Was it the great famine of 2009? No. Was it the meteor that stuck the US farm belt? No. Oh, right! Obama The Socialist took office.
[Sources: Food stamp charts, Matt Trivisonno’s Blog; These 13 Counties Started Work Requirements for Food Stamps. Here’s What Happened, by Christine Roe]
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s latest data released on June 9, 2017 a total of 41.97 million Americans receive food stamps – more than the entire population of many large nations.
I believe every one of my readers would agree that any American who is hungry and can’t provide their own food should be helped. But the following will show that this is just another boondoggle.
Would you further agree that if a food stamp recipient can work that they should, at least, look for work or enter a job training program – presuming they are an able-bodied adult (and let’s throw in that they do not have dependent children)? This is what happened in 13 Alabama counties after officials required that recipients in the above category must work, look for work, or get approved job training. (Footnote)
Participation in the food stamp program plunged by 85 percent!
Draw your own conclusion. However, my conclusion concurs with Mary C. Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. She said that the government “cannot enable willful inactivity,” and calls it “imperative that these programs are designed to help people who are making a genuine attempt to transition from poverty… They cannot be a way of life.”
Footnote: In 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. You remember “The Stimulus.” It’s not that easy to remember because no Democrat will even use the word “stimulus” any longer. The Obama administration allowed all states to waive the work requirements for food stamp enrollment.