The Rise of Food Stamp Nation

| November 4 2011

Food stamp usage under Obama administration has reached an all-time high. In August of this year, 45.8 Americans were enrolled in the program. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee have created a chart to inform voters on the dire situation.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) released this statement on awful numbers.

The agriculture bill we are considering this week—part of three appropriations bills being irresponsibly crammed together—would result in a quadrupling of food stamp funds from their 2001 levels. At a proposed $80 billion a year, food stamps are becoming one of the largest items in our budget….

There is little if any oversight of the program, resulting in the extraordinary waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars. To cite just one example, a $2 million lottery winner notified authorities, who in turn informed him that he would not be losing his food stamp benefits. In some cases, the only thing you need to become food-stamp eligible is have a brochure from the federal government be sent to you in the mail. …

This program is not being run honestly, effectively, or fairly. It is deeply disappointing and extremely telling that the Democrat-led Senate voted down even this modest effort to address the almost shameless mishandling of taxpayer funds. We’re in a fiscal crisis that is already killing jobs, and these bills just increase spending—and destroy confidence—that much more.

Republicans are sometimes guilty of making it look like they are shaming people who are on Food Stamps. This could not be further from the truth. The real villain is the policies of the Obama administration that have forced millions of Americans into this situation.

The rise of Food Stamps is an indicator that America’s current progressive policies do not create jobs or wealth. In fact, they create poverty and little opportunity.

The real solution is policies advocated by Republicans. It is policies that reduce burdensome government regulation on business, let Americans keep more of their own personal money, and allow people to pursue an honest occupation that create economic happiness. It is not the policies’ of the Obama administration.

Republicans believe in personal responsibility, but when the government has created barriers stopping individuals from exercising their responsibilities, government can square the blame.

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