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10 Years Of Bloomberg Has Doubled Number Of NYC Residents On Food Stamps

March 18, 2013 by  

10 Years Of Bloomberg Has Doubled Number Of NYC Residents On Food Stamps
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While New Yorkers got poorer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg partied with Lady Gaga.

The nanny mayor of New York City has managed to dramatically expand the liberal entitlement base — that is, the number of people who look to government as a providing parent — since taking office in 2002.

In the 10 years Michael Bloomberg has run the city, the number of New Yorkers receiving food stamps has more than doubled, according to a report by the New York Post.

By the numbers, that means a jump in city food stamp enrollment from 800,000 at the end of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s term in office to 1.8 million last year. A corollary figure, the number of New Yorkers receiving welfare-to-work and other public assistance, declined slightly over the same period from roughly 450,000 to just less than 400,000.

In 2002, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — the Federal program to assist the elderly, blind or disabled — was by far the biggest (and, arguably, the most justified) entitlement program used by New Yorkers, shelling out $3.01 billion in income subsidies. At the time, food stamp use in the five boroughs amounted to $1.28 billion.

Now, the city’s residents avail themselves of more than $3.4 billion in food stamps, a number that far exceeds the $2.9 billion (down from 2002) devoted to SSI benefits last year.

Chalk it up to aggressive recruiting.

“IBO spokesman Doug Turetsky cited more aggressive outreach to enroll eligible recipients by the Bloomberg administration, in comparison to his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani,” the Post reports.

Although Bloomberg is in his final term as mayor, his policy ambitions are national in scope; and the liberal agenda needs to increase the largesse of free stuff if it wants to continue cultivating its idiot power base.

But as the nanny giveth, so doth the nanny take away — or tries to. Just because Bloomberg may have swollen the food stamp registry in New York doesn’t mean he cares little for his morons’ health. He was incensed when the Feds — whom he generally regards as good, good friends — smacked down his 2011 proposal to ban the use of food stamps for soda purchases.

It’s not going to let up. In his last, lame-duck term, expect Bloomberg to start cashing in his good will with the freeloaders he’s helped suckle. They, along with sane New Yorkers, will all be poorer once it’s over.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

    Aw Brian, did you change your name to Ben………if this is what you
    have to offer……Bob you need to start trying to find someone that
    can manage to get past the “headline” without looking like an idiot.

    How hard is it to at least pretend to be a “journalist”?

    Yup, all Bloomberg’s fault…….and he had to “recruit” people?

    BTW since your taxes actually went up Bob? And may go up even more,
    with all the investment advice from your list of “contributing writers” and
    your profits from gold, silver and seed hoarding…….not to mention all
    those book sales at $99.95……..why don’t you break down and actually
    hire a couple of “journalists” to write for you…..it is a deductible business
    expense, after all. ( granted the “patriot pool” may be a little weak on talent,
    but creatively intelligent mighty serve as well……I mean, actual disfunctional
    government is all that hard to expose. )

    You know I want to use the word “staph” here…….but you edited it last time,
    but seriously……..how is it possible not to “disparage” garbage like this?

    Besides, aren’t you sorta in the “disparage” business?

    Your great and good friend GALT, the merciless.

    • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

      edit………” actual disfunctional
      governmentIsn’t all that hard to expose. “

    • Bob W.

      Was that a typo? Should be Galt the brainless!!!

      • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

        Another w.i.f.i. mushroom demonstrating his AWESOME intellect…….

  • http://yahoo bob peters

    All you New yorkers deserve what you have in bloomberg…you low life cowards.

  • Doc Sarvis

    All this talk about food stamps when the real freeloaders are the unregulated fat cats on Wall St. The top ten Defense Contractors in the country all get more than the food stamp budget.

  • Uknowho

    Really Ben? The overall economic climate brought on by the corporatists in both parties have nothing to do with the economic woes the WHOLE country is dealing with, its all Bloomberg doing?

    NY gets less than a dollar back in Fed money than they pay into in taxes. Niow “taker” states like KY, MS, AL, SC, AL get well over a dollar back from the fed Gov in pork comapred to what they pay in. We can help solve the food stamp issue if the GOP dominated states would just pay their own way and we can give states like NY, CA, IL the full dollar back that they pay.

    But then that would mean conservatves would have to take responsibility for their tax cut and spend policies and you know we can’t have that.

  • ibcamn

    Then you wonder why crime is up so bad in NY,the people who want a gov’t parent have too much time on their hands!some are just old and some are just plain lazy!some quit looking for work and took the gov’ts offer(as advertised)for a handout!put all that together in a packed city where it cost too much for everything,and this is what you get,squaler and filth and crime!welcome to NY everyone!!a home run by the number 1 obama impersonater(blooming idiot)bloomburg……..

  • Chris

    Of course these figures are going to increase……….all over the country. They keep letting illegals come in to ride the gravy train. Start budgeting your money TAXPAYERS……..put some extra money away in your “support everybody else” kitty……it’s going to cost you more.

  • FreedomFighter

    Doomburg is a statist, facist, pygmy-dictator…people are fleeing from his state and his tax base is crumbling due to his draconian unconstitutional laws and dictates.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

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