Stand Alone Newsbite:
Asked what labor wanted, the great 20th-century union leader Samuel Gompers answered, “More.”
The modern welfare state lives by the same credo.
Tom Vilsack is one of the most important welfare administrators in the nation. Oh, yeah — he’s also secretary of agriculture.
Two-thirds of the Agriculture Department’s budget is devoted to welfare programs. The biggest is food stamps, which is now the nation’s second-largest welfare program after Medicaid. Its inexorable growth during the past decade, through good times and bad, is a testament to government’s self-generating expansion.
About 17 million people received food stamps back in 2000. Some 30 million received them in 2008. Roughly 46 million people receive them today.
From 1 in 50 Americans on food stamps at the program’s national inception in the 1970s, 1 in 7 Americans are on them now.
Spending on food stamps doubled between 2001 and 2006, even though unemployment was low in those years. Even when the economy is projected to improve in the future, usage of food stamps will remain elevated above historic norms. Food Stamp Nation is here to stay.
* IF LOWRY IS CORRECT... THEN DOESN'T THAT JUST SAY IT ALL ABOUT AMERICA'S FUTURE?
One of its pillars is so-called categorical eligibility, which means that if someone is eligible for another welfare program, he is presumptively eligible for food stamps.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD IN DISGUST*)
In 2000, the Clinton administration issued regulations saying that merely getting a non-cash welfare benefit could make someone eligible.
* JEEZUS... (AND CLINTON THE DEGENERATE WAS CREDITED BY THE MSM WITH "WELFARE REFORM?" YEAH... RIGHT.)
Getting a welfare brochure or being referred to an 800 number for services is enough to qualify in almost all the states. (In Vermont, receiving a bookmark with a telephone number and website for services is enough.)
Categorical eligibility effectively wiped out the program’s old asset test [and] in the Obama stimulus, the work requirement was suspended, too, and hasn’t been restored. (The requirement had discouraged young, able-bodied non-parents from utilizing the program; there are millions of them on food stamps.)
The bottom line is that government at all levels actively wants people on the program.
* FOLKS... THERE'S SIMPLY NO DOUBT... OBAMA AND HIS GANG ARE SOCIALISTS AND THEY'RE DELIBERATELY TRYING TO DESTROY THE AMERICA YOU AND I LOVE.
* NOW... KEEP READING... BUT TAKE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION FIRST!
Newt Gingrich famously calls Barack Obama “the food-stamp president.” But the first president worthy of the moniker was George W. Bush. His administration brought a Madison Avenue element to the otherwise unreconstructed Great Society program.
* GOOD OL' DUBYA! (*SPITTING ON THE GROUND*)
Not everyone who is eligible for food stamps knows it or wants to sign up. Bush began a recruitment campaign.
In the same vein, the Obama administration is running radio ads hailing food stamps as a way to lose weight.
At the local level, county governments spread the word and work to overcome residual cultural resistance to taking government benefits.
The federal government pays $50 million in bonuses to states for signing people up.
That the food-stamps program is part of the farm bill — now up for debate in Congress — is itself a scam, an exercise in rural-urban logrolling that gives everyone an interest in seeing the bill pass.
* VIOLENCE IS THE ONLY ANSWER.