White House: Food Stamps Grow The Economy; Conservatives Want To Starve Children
December 2, 2013 by Ben Bullard
The White House posted a special Thanksgiving message to all Americans last week, using the traditional turkey day graphical motifs and autumnal colors. But the message wasn’t one of gratitude – it was one of progressive guilt.
According to the infographic, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which has enrolled 16 million new dependents since President Barack Obama took office, has been an economic boon for the Nation.
In fact, according to the White House’s math, SNAP has actually yielded $9 for every $5 in food stamp money spent at grocery stores, and has even secured full-time employment for a theoretical 8,900 people…sort of.
“It’s estimated that an additional $1 billion in SNAP benefits supports an additional 8,900 to 17,900 full-time equivalent jobs – including 3,000 farm jobs,” the White House offers.
The infographic doesn’t, however, provide a diagram or footnote to indicate the role “an additional $1 billion in SNAP benefits” plays in clarifying the meaning of that sentence. And surely we don’t have 3,000 farm jobs that would die off as soon as Republicans are done emaciating the bloated Farm Bill – right?
It says a lot about the real state of the economy when the White House can declare, without irony, that food stamps are “boosting the economy right now.”
Of course, there can be no progress without guilting the stingy into giving up their share. And so, according to the Obama Administration, House Republicans are trying to scorch the Earth by taking 4 million people (there’ve been 16 million new enrollees in the past five years, remember?) off the dole.
“Legislation passed by House Republicans would cause nearly 4 million Americans to lose access to SNAP next year. For decades, Congress has authorized SNAP in a bipartisan fashion through the Farm Bill. They don’t have to do it in a way that hurts children, seniors, veterans, and vulnerable families.”
For decades, Congress also passed sweeping, transformative legislation in a bipartisan fashion, too. But that was before the Obama/Harry Reid regime.