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Food-Stamp Stories: Abuse of Public Assistance in America
One of Every 50 Federal Dollars Buys Food Stamps
History of Food Stamps in America
The FSP started on May 16, 1939, and it didn’t take long before there was fraud in the program. In October of 1939, Nick Salzano was the first retailer caught violating program rules. Contrary to common belief, the FSP hasn’t been in effect since the Great Depression. In fact, the program ended in 1943, during World War II. The original intent of the FSP wasn’t to perpetually feed people. It was intended to help people while there was widespread unemployment. World War II ended America’s unemployment problems. Congressional lobbying throughout much of the 1950’s resulted in a new interest in bringing back the FSP program. On February 2, 1961, John Kennedy’s first Executive Order called for expanded food distribution; he announced that a food-stamp pilot program would begin. This pilot program resulted in a permanent program in 1964. By 1974, the FSP was nationwide and also included Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since October 1, 2008, the FSP has been referred to as SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Approximately one in seven Americans received food-stamp assistance in 2012, equating to approximately two percent of the federal budget.
By the way, is somebody advertising unemployment benefits, SNAP, or welfare benefits on this site? Isn't it ironic that a site detailing the fact that there is rampant FSP fraud has an advertisement to actually get more people on food stamps? Doesn't that speak volumes about the true aim of our government? America wants more people on food stamps!
Don't get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for people who are struggling and need assistance, people who work but have a hard time feeding their families. The problem arises when people, both recipients and retailers, commit FSP fraud, or people ask for assistance when they truly don't need it. Then, I'm outraged. Aren't you?
Food Stamp Fraud - The Real Cost
Americans spend more than $80 billion each year financing food stamps. The government estimates that FSP fraud amounts to approximately $750 million. Few watchdog groups agree with this statistic and instead say that FSP fraud is much more prevalent, and the cost is much greater.
For more videos exposing food-stamp fraud, please page to the bottom of this site.
Lottery Winner Is on Food Stamps
Lottery Winner is Still on Food Stamps
Should Wealthy People Be on Food Stamps?
These lottery winners try to justify being on food stamps. The real issue is that they continued to qualify for assistance. What does that say about how easy it is to qualify for food stamps? What does this say about the mentality of some food-stamp recipients?
To illustrate the fact that this is not an isolated incident, I've included two different videos about two different lottery winners who have abused the food-stamp system.
Does America Want More People on Food Stamps?
The food-stamp program was originally intended to help the neediest of families. The government didn't want people on food stamps but acknowledged the honest fact that some people needed temporary assistance. People worked to get off food stamps. When did being on food stamps become so mainstream, so common? Why don't more people want to get off of food stamps? Check out these videos, and you might be shocked.
America wants more people on food stamps! If you don't believe this is true, listen to the commercial in the first video. If the first video doesn't convince you, check out the second video. Does the government really want you to throw a food-stamp party to convince additional people to sign up for assistance?
Are you convinced that there's a problem with America's FSP? If not, keep watching. There's simply no shortage of videos on FSP abuse and fraud.