Food Stamps and the Current Economic Recovery
Yeah, the current administration has the economy just humming along. Just look at the money spent on food stamps during the last 4 years. It’s increased each year the current administration has been in power – from a bit over $56 billion in 2009 to over $80 billion in 2012. And other various Federal food assistance programs have raised the total Federal tab for “nutrition assistance” to nearly $106 billion in 2012.
Two things about this bother the hell out of me. First, an improving economy should show a declining need for food assistance – not a continuing rise. And as our liberal brethren keep telling us: the current POTUS has made the economy “way better” – right?
Second: as I’ve previously written, the Obama administration quietly gutted Clinton-era legal limitations on the receipt of food stamps by able-bodied singles back in 2009. Those restrictions have never been restored. I have a REAL problem with paying for people’s groceries so they can to sit on their ass when there’s no reason whatsoever they can’t work and use what they earn to pay for their own.
Isn’t It Nice to See Their Eyes Finally Opening?
You probably noticed a jump in your taxes already this year. Specifically, your Social Security deduction went up by close to 50% (from 4.2% of taxable income to 6.2% of taxable income, an increase of 2% of your taxable income; [ 2 / 4.2 ] = 0.476, which is an increase in social security taxes of 47.6%).
Predictably, many liberals are outraged; some of the comments from DU quoted here are priceless. I guess they missed the “temporary reduction” part.
You can thank the current POTUS and his administration for that particular increase. After all, it was the Obama administration that engineered that temporary Social Security tax reduction during 2011 and 2012 in order to help the economy when it was clear that the 2009 stimulus boondoggle was a failure. But apparently the economy has now recovered, and that reduction is no longer necessary. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.)
Hey, DUmmies: for once, the POTUS delivered on a promise. You’re getting exactly what you voted for.
Support Your Local Strip Club – with Taxpayer Dollars!
Well, that’s the case if you live in NY – and probably anywhere else that pays cash welfare benefits. But it seems that’s particularly easy these days in NY. Apparently NY gives both SNAP (formerly food stamps) and cash benefits via EBT card. And there aren’t any restrictions on where folks can get that cash. Rather, it’s ATM owners that make the call whether or not they’ll dispense cash from EBT cards that show a cash benefit available.
As a result, there are plenty of EBT-card cash transactions at ATMs in NY these days. Many of those transactions are at ATMs near liquor stores, strip clubs, hookah bars, and porn shops. Your tax dollars at play.
Now, Where ARE Those Pesky Welfare Recipients?
But at least NY can tell where some of their welfare payments are being spent. Apparently MA can’t find a rather large number of their welfare recipients. That could make one wonder just which are real – and which are Memorex.
But of course, the MA Governor says “don’t worry about it”. Or was that “pay no attention to the man behind the screen”? (smile)