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More Americans Than Ever On Food Stamps

December 8, 2011 by  

More Americans Than Ever On Food Stamps

More Americans than ever before have applied for Federal food aid over the course of the year.

About 46.3 million people received a total of $75.3 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or what was formerly known as the food stamp program, in fiscal 2011, according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics released earlier in the week. Officials said participation spiked after residents in a dozen States hit by Hurricane Irene applied for assistance in late August and September, according to The Washington Post.

Food stamp use is up about 8 percent, and about $7 billion more in food stamps was distributed this year than in fiscal 2010, according to the report. The USDA said that more than half of food-stamp recipients are children.

In response to the growing use of food stamps, the Federal government said it is developing new procedures to cut down on food-stamp abuse and fraud.

The USDA and its State partners are developing new penalties to punish food-stamp “traffickers” who either steal benefits or misuse them to earn cash payments. Trafficking can account for as much as $753 million of food-stamp payments each year, according to The Washington Post.

According to the article, in fiscal 2010, State governments conducted more than 847,000 investigations that led to the disqualification of 44,483 food-stamp recipients, and Federal investigators with the Food and Nutrition Service conducted nearly 5,000 undercover investigations.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://liberyalearts john p.

    THIS ECONOMY STINKS BECAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS THAT ARE
    NOT DOING THERE JOBS. LIKE MAKING IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO START A
    BUSINESS .AND THEN HIRE PEOPLE TO WORK FOR THEM . THEN THE PEOPLE
    WON’T NEED FOOD STAMPS .I HAVE A SENATOR THAT WAS ON A TALK SHOW
    AND HE SAID ITS GOOD PEOPLE ARE ON FOOD STAMPS.YA HE IS A DEMOCRAT
    I TRY TO VOTE HIM OUT BUT THEY PUT HIM BACK IN.THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG
    WITH THE NEWS MEDIA . THEY ARE NOT TELLING THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH ABOUT
    GOVERNMENT .THEY LIE ABOUT DEMOCRATS BEING THE GOOD GUYS IT BLOW’S
    MY MINE . THAT THEY WOULD BE ONE SIDED TO BAD.

    • Joe H.

      john p,
      He probably keeps getting reelected because he has so many on the teat voting for him!!

      • http://naver samurai

        Right on! That’s how the libs in office want Americans to be. Relying on the government instaed of being self reliant. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • smilee

      john p. says:
      December 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Where you been, many fully employed persons qualify for food stamps and get them, more low paying jobs will not reduce the number on food stamps. No jobs and low paying jobs is why so many now qualify for food stamps. The real reason no one is hiring is there is little demand for goods and services and has nothing to do with what congress is doing or refusing to do unless they would authorize new and retrofitted infrastructure that has to be done sometime but republicans want only to kick the can down the road and then when they do it construction costs and debt service costs will also go much higher, Doing it now would improve the economy much more than your what you suggested but as long as the party of no keeps slamming on the brakes nothing will happen and the bad economy will be stretched out much longer and as long as their only agenda if to not raise taxes, not authorize new infrastructure spending etc in addition to making sure Obama is a one term president then not much will happen to improve the economy.

  • Bob Marshall

    The more people depend on the government the larger they become and the more control they have. Remember when Ronald Reagan said, if the government is big enough to give you everything you want, they are big enough to take everything you have. 59% of Americans depend on the government for some type of assistance.

  • 45caliber

    Not a surprise. THere are more Americans than ever out of work.

  • JP

    The good people in this country are getting fed up with providing for the ones that wil not get up and go to work. When we have welfare reform and start making all those that receive it go through a recertificaton process and a mandantory drug test, we may be on the path to fix that problem. Until then we will continue down the same path we are on now. We are headed towards another civil war in this country and let’s hope that another country (like China) doesn’t come in and take over during the confusion. The lines will be drawn between the liberals and the conservativies, and it will be nasty.

    Remember, before you can convert a liberal to a conservative you must first catch the liberal THINKING.

    • 45caliber

      JP:

      How to convert a lib to a conservative:

      First, you must find one who insists that violence is always wrong. While he is poniticating on this, walk up and knock him down. When he objects or attempts to defend himself, point out to him that he is breaking his own rules of violence being wrong in any situation. Then, when he agrees, knock him down again. Sooner or later he will come around to the conservative belief that it is okay to defend yourself – which will put him on the route to becoming a conservative.

      We all need to do our part to teach these rascals how wrong they are.

      • Joe H.

        45caliber,
        how is that going to work when the Amummer administration now wants to call Ft. Hood “Work place violence”? If they get any more PC, they will end up kicking their OWN azz!!!

      • http://naver samurai

        True that! True that! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Cawmun Cents

        It is much easier to confuse a liberal.
        First ask him if he is an evolutionary or a creationist.
        When he says that he supports the theory of evolution,point out several facts for him to ponder.
        Evolution centers around the idea of”survival of the fittest”.
        Yet after billions of years of this process evidently working,now the liberal thinks he can make that process null and void,by assisting those who are unable to adapt to that process.
        Now by ossmosis,the liberal is painstakingly going against the principle by which his entire universe was formed.
        If you assist those who cannot adapt then a certain amount of resources are used to make that happen.Point out the fact that it has never been accomplished in the several billion years of evolutionary process.What makes him think he can arbitrarily go back on that process and assist those who cannnot adapt and still have enough resources to evolve further?
        The answer of course is that he cannot.Without admitting that the evolutionary proces is in error,in its supposition that”survival of the fittest”is how the world got to where it is today,he cannot then suppose to supplant that idea with human kindness and hope to evolve futher.
        This thereby makes him an endangered species.By his own theory of the process by which evolution formed the world as it exists today,
        he is doomed to extinction if he goes further into aiding those who cannot adapt themselves.It is contrary to everything he believes in.One way or the other he is living a lie.
        He will of course then tell you that the process could only work until progression became inevitable through scientific study.
        In other words the knowledge which serves him absolutely no purpose,helps him to overcome billions of years of the evolutionary process and become able to assist those who cannot adapt and still evolve further.
        Magic.
        After billions of years of a certain process overtaking every lifeforce on the entire planet.
        Now all of a sudden he seeks to be generous and help the human race to its inevitable extinction by aiding those who cannot adapt.
        That is liberalism at its very core.
        Hope and change.
        Black science.
        The dumbing down of the populace.
        Entropy of the evolutionary process.
        All of the equal evolving.
        Okay……………..
        -CC.

  • s c

    Sam, I have extreme doubts about this. Are we supposed to believe that Uncle Scan (aka Obummer) has suddenly acquired a working conscience? If Uncle Scam (aka Obummer) is really uncovering food stamp fraud, then it should not be possible for more and more people to have access to food stamps.
    One way to ‘intervene’ and start getting people OFF food stamps would be to maintain a master list of corporations that are averse to paying TAXES [GE comes to mind - put the Fed on the list, too]
    and make examples of the worthless SOBs.
    Food stamp fraud is not a new topic. It’s been a popular “sport” for generations of tree-dwellers for many years. The trick is to sort those who need it from the con artistes who should be singled out as social pariahs who can’t vote or get government freebies.

    • 45caliber

      Some people need help now – some don’t. But I would like to see a law that forbids anyone receiveing government “freebes” to be able to vote at all. After all, how can you truly vote for what is best for the country when you are getting stuff from the government to vote their way?

      • Phil f

        That’s Obama the liberal socialist marxist plan to make as many people as he can dependent on government to gain votes and reelection. Then he uses crony capitalism to get money from his elitist cronies. It’s a plan to gain complete and total control over our lives, freedoms and money.

    • Cawmun Cents

      Gee,what an awesome moniker for the Fed,Uncle Scam….hmmm….yep that is a nifty name you gave them there s c.-CC.

  • David M Lackstrom

    There are only 3 prime economic developers, they are mining, manufacturing and agriculture,the rest are only service industries. Finance and politics never create jobs. We have lost manufacturing.
    We need to find a product the world needs and make it less expensively than the other nations and we will be a leader again.

  • http://www.homepower.com David M Lackstrom

    Lets find a product to manufacture to lead the world again.

    • Cawmun Cents

      I am going to find the nearest BATFE office,and claim my case of firearms for my new cartel.I wonder if they take orders?
      Do they have a willcall?What are the parameters of getting weapons from the Department of Justice?
      They really need to provide that info to the discerning cartel up and comings.
      Also,I wonder if they can provide a list of areas where border crossings can be made relatively hassle free?
      Oh well…..
      Viva Enrique Holderon!
      -CC.

  • ANNE

    WHY DO WE NOT REALIZE THAT THE NICKNAME FOR OBAMA IS THE FOOD STAMP KING, HE ALSO SHOULD BE CALLED THE WELFARE KING. THIS COUNTRY HAS MORE PEOPLE ON WELFARE SINCE OBAMA BECAME KING OF THE WHITE HOUSE. THE SITTING REPUBLICANS SEEM TO BE FINE WITH THIS, THEY ARE DOING NOTHING TO GET THIS COUNTRY UP AND RUNNING AGAIN. SINCE WHEN DO PEOPLE GET WELFARE AND ARE ABLE TO LIVE IN A HOME WORTH $1.2 MILLION, MOST PEOPLE ON WELFARE ARE LIVING HAND TO MOUTH JUST LIKE WE ALL ARE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. THEY SHOULD ALL BE VOTED OUT IN 2012.

  • meteorlady

    So I go into my local grocery store and watch the Mexicans with 5 kids and pregnant pay with food stamps. It makes me mad that I work, am responsible and take care of myself and family, and they chose to keep pumping out kids for us to take care of.

    As for others that are out of work, my neighbor is working at Walmart and Burger King to make ends meet. It used to be a matter of pride not to accept “charity” now it’s a right…..

    • 45caliber

      meteorlady:

      I agree. What makes it worse, to me, is that those drawing this tend to believe “it is there for our use. If you don’t get it, you are stupid.” Further, they usually will work as much as I do if possible – but they still draw welfare as well.

    • Joe H.

      Meteorlady,
      Worse yet is the fact that most of those illegals recieving welfare are also working. In fact, there are usually three or four of the kids working, as well!!!

  • Bus

    Just because more people are using foodstamps they are going to crack down on fraud? Why not do that anyway anytime? Bureacratic groupthink is an amazing thing to watch.

    • Joe H.

      Bus,
      Unless it is in the BILLIONS of dollars, it isn’t considered big money to them, so they aren’t moved to do anything about it!!!

    • Cawmun Cents

      Wow!Bureaucrats can think?
      I always thought they were like ants or bees,y’know….hive mentality!
      My take is that you may be mistaken in your supposition of the facts before you.
      Clearly the bureaucrats have some inferior form of communication,mostly grunts coming out of the porkbarrels they spend their winters in.
      But what do I know?
      Apparently very little…..
      -CC.

  • Phil f

    Welcome to Obamaville. If this clown doesn’t go in 2012 America is doomed.

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