FOOD STAMPS - THE WAY TO STAY IN POWER
January 22, 2014
The epitome of a government entitlement program that is out of control is the Food Stamp program. When Barack Obama was first elected president, one in ten Americans received food stamps.
Today the number is one in seven, and it is rapidly increasing. In spite of improvements to the economy—such as they are—the number of people receiving food stamps is going up when it should be coming down.
The reason for this anomaly is simple: the Obama administration and its minions in Congress are doing everything in their power to increase the size of the food stamp rolls.
Before proceeding further some background is in order. Anyone who has been paying attention since Lyndon Johnson initiated his ill-fated “war on poverty” knows that at some point federal entitlement programs collectively—including food stamps—morphed into a liberal strategy for buying votes.
The strategy goes like this: Use the federal treasury to create a permanent dependent underclass made up of people who will vote for the party that promises to keep the entitlement dollars flowing. Actually this is a brilliant strategy provided, of course, you don’t care about the people you are robbing of human dignity by turning them into helpless dependents or the taxpayers whose hard work pays for the entitlements.
This caveat, unfortunately, is an apt description of the Democrat Party, a party that claims to “care” about people when in fact it has done more harm to Americans than all of the natural disasters experienced in my lifetime.
The misnamed war on poverty has cost the American taxpayer trillions of dollars but has done nothing to alleviate poverty in our country, and its centerpiece—food stamps—has become a racket that would make a mafia don proud. In fact, rather than alleviate poverty government entitlements have turned poverty into a permanent multi-billion dollar industry in which entitled recipients of government largesse spend their lives creatively inventing new and better ways to milk the government. And they do this with the unstinting cooperation of government bureaucrats and leftwing politicians.
The permanence of federal entitlements was and is predictable since the number one goal of any bureaucracy is self-sustainment. Once in place, a bureaucracy will fight tooth and nail to not just survive but grow.
The unspoken goal of any government bureaucracy is to grow too large to be eliminated. If a federal entitlement program somehow magically alleviated poverty, even if only slightly, bureaucrats would lose their cushy jobs, nice salaries, and comfortable pensions. Hence, winning the war on poverty has never been the goal of the federal government and certainly not of the Democrats who see it as a way to ensure a loyal constituency.
To illustrate my point that government bureaucrats and Democrats have a vested interest in growing rather than reducing poverty, consider the current state of the food stamp program. There is no better example of a federal entitlement program that has gone off the tracks than food stamps.
What’s wrong with the food stamp program? Everything. Consider just a few of the problems with food stamps:
Using the federal treasury to buy votes is one of the most unconscionable acts a politician could undertake. Yet it has become a widely accepted practice in Democrat circles.
Too bad for America, too bad for taxpayers, and too bad for the entitled who are the real victims.
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