More On The Growing Food Stamp Army

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In the past dozen years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — also known as food stamps — has grown from a $17 billion a year Federal expenditure to $78 billion a year.

Food stamp recruiters have sign-up quotas of 150 per month. The program’s advertising budget exceeds $41 million per year. Advertising extends across the border into Mexico explaining how illegal aliens can sign up for the system.

There are now almost 48 million people in America (including illegal aliens) receiving food stamps. Senior Cato Institute Fellow Michael Tanner writes that the increase in enrollment far exceeds what would be expected based on the depth of the recession. The increase, according to Tanner, is largely because eligibility requirements have been eased and the government has been on an aggressive campaign to grow the rolls of dependents.

Henry Kissinger, the war criminal, Bilderberg member and promoter of the new world order once said: “When government controls food, it controls the people.” That control was on full display over the weekend when a “glitch” in the SNAP electronic benefits transfer system left stores in 17 States without the ability to confirm EBT account balances. This prompted some stores to stop accepting EBT for payment — sparking near riots — or accepting EBT cards as if they contained unlimited balances — sparking near riots.

That was a trial run to learn what would happen when the SNAP system collapses, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture warned was possible in a letter it sent out Oct. 11. The Administration of President Barack Obama used the possibility of withholding funds to SNAP to create fear among the people and produce Obama’s desired outcome in the government shutdown battle with Congress — just as he used the threat of cutting off Social Security payments and payments to the military.

The psychopathic elected class and their bureaucratic enablers are doing all they can to create a majority dependent class in the United States and in order to usher in totalitarianism under the guise of benevolence.

Personal Liberty

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Greg Mauer

    EBT is not as easy as one may think to get especially here in CA. If you make any money it is a hassle as you have to show a lot of documents just to be considered. Then stand in line for hours. Not worth it even though with what I make I probably qualify. I would rather work and take responsibility for myself. Too many people now days feel they are entitled to them because of their plight caused by the evil white man. I am white and feel like a minority here so I guess in a few years I can feel like them. Ugh. I can’t wait until people wake up and see how totally screwed up this country is!

    • Alan

      It should be a time consuming hassle if you want freebies. It must be worthwhile considering the almost limitless ways to use EBT fraudulently.

      • Karolyn

        And what are those limitless ways? The only way I know of is to work under the table. Any legitimate income affects benefits; and you have to be pretty poor to get them. Either that or have kids.

        • Alan

          They sell them, and claim they were lost to get new ones, they have been used in ATM machines in places like Vegas and Hawaii,far from where the person lives. They have been used for tattoos and many things not for the intended use like food.

          • Karolyn

            Usage for non-allowed items could be easily taken care of by the gov. paying closer attention to people capable of accepting EBT.

    • Bill

      Greg,
      You are doing the right thing by keeping a low profile. When people sign up for Obamacare, they have to give all of their financial information for the government to use against them.
      Chose not to participate. Streamline your business using only independent contractors and virtual assistants, incorporate yourself and write off everything, Own all of your assets in different entities and give as little money to the government as possible.

  • Dale DuBois

    When people get on food stamps, they never get off of them. Then it continues on to their children and grandchildren. Just like the family’s that have no-one working, this continues on. Every year there are less taxpayers to support these who get the free hand outs, just how long do you think the USA can last with this going on?

    • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

      Totally agree. Margaret Thatcher’s famous quote is so true: “The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples’ money.”

    • Karolyn

      Not all “people.” I certainly know of the “people” you are talking about; however, there are a great many who only receive benefits until they can get on their feet. The biggest problem is that the ones who get the most are the ones with kids. You can’t blame the kids for the parents’ poor choices.

  • me

    The costly Owebama care will add to the ranks of people getting food stamps. They may not get as much because of their incomes but anything would hel some people. How much longer can this country afford the giveaways?

  • SammysDad

    Now isn’t this a boat load of excrement. ADVERTISING for food stamp recipients???????? Are you pulling my chain at $41M+ /year just to advertise????? This is the kind of stuff that is busting the budget big time. There are many more programs just like this. Why advertise, OMG, every freeloader knows there is a SNAP for him or her and the fraud and abuse in the program is even more costly. There is no reason to advertise and on top of that recruiters (???) are paid to do get over 150 a month? The government should be reducing the amount of food stamp recipients, not increasing. Just another way to “transform America” into the dumps.

    • Karolyn

      I wonder why no one has ever seen this advertising. I do question some of the things in this report.

      • Debbie Biersdorfer

        Have seen the ads several times, They show a lot during the day time,

        • Karolyn

          I’d be interested in knowing where you live. I have been in a position to watch a lot of daytime TV and never saw them. Must be only in certain areas.

  • mari

    My son had to leave $1,000,000 a year job to follow his children as his ex-wife went from boyfriend to boyfriend. Even though they have 50-50 custody, women still have all of the rights. She was living large on a golf course collecting welfare and food stamps. My son who worked in a gas station minimart would have ended up living in a car, if I hadn’t helped him. WHEREEVER THERE IS FREE GOVERNMENT MONEY, THERE ARE WOLVES DEVOURING IT.

    • Karolyn

      Why didn’t somebody report your ex daughter-in-law? What about the women who never get a cent from their exes and have to work to support their kids alone. How about the women who do that PLUS go to school to better themselves? How about the men who leave their families, do not support them and start a new family one with a younger woman? It’s not all one way or the other; however, more often it is women who get the shaft.

      • mari

        We did report her. They took away her money for about a month. As soon as she left that guy she was back on it again. There does not seem to be any punishment for those who steal from the government.
        Yes there are women who are suffering also. That only means that there are evil people of both genders. You can’t legislate morality and the government only makes things worse. Welfare needs to be limited and monitored. Endless supply equals endless corruption.

  • securityman

    this is just another step in obummers run for this country. he wants people to be dependent on the government for everything ,so he can say, “go muslim, make me leader for life, and I will take care of you”. the sad part of it is, a whole lot of people will believe him and that is the end of this country as we know it now. the “obummer idiots won’t stop and think, How will he pay for all of this if there is no one working and paying taxes? if everyone is on handouts, then who will be paying the bills? AND PEOPLE, THAT IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bnice2all

    It did not happen by accident that so many are on welfare, Our government has been studying spared no expense on how to condition us into acting just like they want us to. This has been going on since Bernays got 3 socialites to join in a parade smoking cig’s. They understand about how if they give us a means to survive without working it’s not long after that we loose our self respect and our drive to be independent, we humans are very adaptable. And now with all of our jobs being given to people in other countries through trade agreements it has become more acceptable for people to go to the government and letting them take care of our needs. And in doing so begin to believe we have no self worth and unless you have been there you don’t know how hard it is to regain what you have lost. It’s hard enough to bring back the drive to break out of the rut you find yourself in but it’s nearly impossible these days when there are no jobs to be had. This is all happening by design you can choose to believe that or not. But if you open your eyes you will see this is true. Now imagine what is going to happen when they turn off the cards and people can’t get food. The government does not have to concern themselves on reducing the population to a controllable number of people, they are going to sit back and watch as we destroy ourselves and then come in and take complete control of the ones left. Welcome to 1984 on steroids.

  • Karolyn

    I would just love to know where the 150 sign ups a month quota info came from. In my experience many people have had a really hard time getting SNAP benefits.

    • TheOriginalDaveH
      • rbrooks

        Some states have even hired so-called food stamp recruiters
        with monthly quotas of recipients to sign.For example, Florida SNAP recruiters have a quota of 150 new participants per month,
        which may help account for that state’s tremendous
        growth in food stamp receipt. <<

        another gop red state. tho it does say some states, not all, and it does not say that obama required it.

        it does say this started with your hero bush jr.

        • WTS/JAY

          rbrooks: it does say this started with your hero bush jr.

          First Food Stamp Program (1939-1943)

          The first Food Stamp Program was operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. People who were enrolled in the FSP bought orange stamps, which they could use to buy groceries of almost any kind. For every dollar’s worth of orange stamps they purchased, the program participants also were issued 50 cents’ worth of blue stamps, which they could only use to purchase surplus foods. In its four years, the program helped 20 million people.

          Pilot Food Stamp Program (1961-1964)

          This program was ordered into effect by President John F. Kennedy and ultimately aided close to 400,000 people. In this system, people only purchased and were issued a single kind of stamp. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congress made the FSP permanent with the Food Stamp Act of 1964. The new legislation divided responsibility between the federal and state governments, re-introduced a secondary stamp, disallowed the purchase of alcohol with stamps and included prohibitions against multiple types of discrimination.

          Food Stamp Program in the 1970s

          During the 1970s, the FSP expanded to U.S. territories and standards were nationalized, with attention to eligibility, work status, purchase limitations and the nutritional value of eligible foods. The federal government assumed responsibility for at least 50 percent of the funding, and each state assumed operations of the program in its territory, in accordance with federal law. The Food Stamp Act of 1977 mainly made eligibility requirements much stricter, so that only the neediest people could participate, and it eliminated purchase requirement altogether. By the end of 1979, participation reached 20 million.

          Food Stamp Program in the 1980s

          Some major changes to the FSP in the 1980s were the elimination of sales tax on food stamp-purchased items, the inclusion of homeless people in the program and the establishment of harsh penalties for violators. The year 1984 saw the implementation of the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, which utilizes something like a debit card to authorize payments from a benefits account to a vendor for items such as food.

          Food Stamp Program in the 1990s

          By the mid-1990s, participation had reached 28 million, however that number declined significantly by the end of the decade. During the 1990s, many welfare reform changes were made to the program’s legislation, including changes to deduction limits, allotments, employment status and disqualification provisions. Also, it was ruled that most legal immigrants were ineligible for food stamps — a decision that was later reversed for immigrants that met certain requirements.

          Food Stamp Program in the 2000s

          Two farm bills were passed during this decade. The first, in 2002, included improvements to the FSP’s recordkeeping and payment systems. The second 2008, added more than $10 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years, as well as emphasized nutrition education and improved access to benefits. The program’s name was also changed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and any states that had not already implemented the EBT system were required to do so by October 2002.

          http://www.ehow.com/about_5105597_history-food-stamps-program.html

          • rbrooks

            lol. the lack of comprehension is simply amazing.

            how is that sheehan story doing?

  • WTS/JAY

    Would Congress Deliberately Cause Social Upheaval?

    Throughout history the Illuminati bankers have always used economic turmoil to advance their goal of world government tyranny.

    The US has been given a three-months reprieve to resolve budget and debt differences.

    Nevertheless, it is useful to keep the big picture in mind. I reprise Illuminati Bankers Seek “Revolution” by Economic Means, written in 2008, which shows how in the past, the Illuminati have instigated economic crises to enact social and political change.

    For the past year, we have been hearing reports of the DHS stocking up on ammunition. We have learned of the extent of NSA surveillance. The social upheaval caused by another economic crisis would be the catalyst to justify such precautions. Over the weekend, we heard of glitches in the food stamp program, reminder of what might happen if the government cannot feed aid recipients, who number 44 million people by some estimates.

    The Illuminati believe their new world order will emerge from the ruins of the old order. They see chaos and destruction as necessary for this “creative” process. The Illuminati bankers deliberately undermined efforts to prevent the 2007 credit crisis.

    Thus, they are behind the debt ceiling crisis as well. “Debt” is a phoney issue. Money is a medium of exchange like a coupon; it has no intrinsic value. The USD provides necessary liquidity for the whole world and is like gas to the economic engine. The US debt will never be paid back; it’s not supposed to be. It’s the currency! The United States can comfortably service the debt as long as the economy is purring.

    The “Tea Party” and their debt fixation are part of a left-right charade created by the Illuminati via The Koch Brothers. The purpose is to create economic gridlock and chaos. Sen Ted Cruz’s wife is a bigwig with Goldman Sachs.

    The Tea Party are dupes who do not understand money. The real issue, which they ignore, is that money is created in the form of a debt to a private cartel, but they are puppets of this cartel. Money should be created by the government, debt and interest-free and spent or loaned into usage.

    The United States has been printing and spending money without any sign of inflation. The economy is recovering slowly and the stock market is at new highs. What could go wrong? An age-old diabolical plan for world government tyranny is the only possibility.

    See more at: http://henrymakow.com/illuminati_bankers_seek_revolu.html

  • WTS/JAY

    Food Stamps: Follow the Money looks at corporate profits from the food stamps program. How much of the money intended to feed hungry Americans is lining the pockets of the largest corporations?

    As it turns out, that’s not an easy question to answer. Michele Simon, public health lawyer and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, has done an impressive amount of research into who is profiting from the food stamps program, how they are profiting, and how much they are profiting. Unfortunately, she found repeatedly that the information on where public money goes is not publicly available.

    That’s interesting since, as stated in the report Food Stamps: Follow the Money, the information is out there. Information on what foods are purchased using food stamps go into grocery store databases, but is considered private property; it’s not even released to the USDA. Only corporations have access to the data. Information on how much banks are paid to administer the program is released to the USDA, but not to the taxpayers.

    Knowing what sort of foods are being purchased with food stamps would help with setting policy. Knowing where the money is going is just good sense.

    Some key points from the report:

    SNAP spending grew from $30 billion in 2007 to $72 billion in 2011.

    Powerful food industry lobbying groups teamed up to oppose health-oriented improvements to SNAP.

    J.P. Morgan Chase has contracts for Electronic Benefits Transfer in half the states, indicating a lack of competition and significant market power. These contracts are worth millions – nearly $17 million per year in Florida and $18 million in New York.

    Walmart receives about half of the money spent on food stamps in Oklahoma.

    The report is only twenty-eight pages long and quite detailed. Several solid proven examples of corporate profiting at public expense are given, along with citations.

    Food Stamps: Follow the Money is timely, since the Farm Bill is still being debated and the only sure cuts in the bill are to the food stamps program.

    Food Stamps: Follow the Money on pdf here: http://www.eatdrinkpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/FoodStampsFollowtheMoneySimon.pdf

  • KG

    But Bob, that’s what YOU want, right? If society collapses, then people like you will rise-up and promote your demented brand of homoerotic fascism that Plato dreamed of in The republic, an ancient handbook on fascist/Republican/ libertarian/Nazis type of government.

    The ‘Food Stamp’ program actually helps farmers way more than the people using them. If it weren’t for the subsidies that pay for the excess produce American farmers generate, prices would collapse forcing farmers to abandon their fields like they did during the Depression.

    Next to Social Security, the food stamp program is probably one of the most successful ‘New Deal’ programs left over from Roosevelt.