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Food Stamps? The New Spin
Got Yours Yet?
What Will He Spin Next?
I suppose you've heard that Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture which isn't exactly a glamor job, flew out to Iowa to join The Anointed One on his magical, mystical campaign bus tour. I'll get back to the tour in a minute but back to food stamps being the new stimulus to the already flailing economy. First, it was unemployment checks now food stamps. Both of these are entitlement programs and this President, being the Entitlement Expander-in-Chief, is in deed "The Food Stamp" President as he was rightfully labeled by Newt Gingrich.
What toasted my shorts, on top of Vilsack touting how food stamps are the new stimulus elixir, was his audacity of bringing the nation's military into the discussion in the same breath. He very subtly played that card, which he has no business playing, He claimed that Obama was coming to Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois to "spotlight" the fact that they are being overlooked even though they have a robust military service. Here's exactly what he said, "Sixteen percent of America's population, but 44 percent of America's military." Get that? What he's saying is that 44% of our armed forces come from 3 states. That's a blatant lie and misuse of an institution I hold dear.
His claim to fame might become being an idiot. According to Vilsack the reason the food stamp program has become so "successful" is because the federal government, in cooperation with the states, have done such a spectacular job of advertising the program. Somebody hand me the wacky weed this guy is smoking. Lets just totally discount the fact that this nation is in dire economic straits while Obama is off on a campaign tour throwing darts at everyone and anyone but himself. The Food Stamp President has kind of a ring to it, doesn't it?
The number of people who are on food stamps has grown for 30 straight months. I scratch my head and think, "Isn't that about how long Obama has been in office now?" The number of people enrolled in The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has now surpassed 46 million people, that's one in every 7 Americans. You've done a grand job of getting the word out Tom and your administration has done a grand job of wrecking the US economy and jobless rate, so don't tell us how marvelous you are.
Then he steps even further out on the limb and tells us that they have a stimulating effect on the economy. Let me see here, people have to eat don't they? Every time you, or I, eat we're stimulating the economy so look on the bright side. Lets just put aside that food prices have been going up and up and up and there is now less on the table for most Americans. Here's his spin, "It's the most direct stimulus you can get into the economy during tough times." He claims that for every dollar in food stamps spent $1.84 in economic activity is generated. Using his math, the program cost $6 billion in May alone. If his theory holds, and it won't, that is $11 billion extra dollars of economic stimulus.
Now I don't know about you but I've never used a food stamp in my life nor do I desire to. I wouldn't find it very stimulating to have to be in that position. What Tom is ignoring in this equation is the cost of administering the program. You know the cost of all the pencil pushers and administrators, not to mention the fraud, waste and abuse associated with the food stamp fiasco. I suppose he'd claim that all of that stimulates the economy too? Obama always talks about fraud, waste and abuse. Here's an excellent target.
The pic below is part of the receipt for groceries purchased with food stamps at Angeli's Country Market in Michigan on February 8th of 2011. These folks are eating high on the hog. Of course, they deserve only the finest in life. Steak and lobster. isn't that just so special!
Stimulus my frog's behind. So back to the Greyhound One tour. Here we have a President, riding around in a bus built in Canada talking about everything he sees he wants to see a "Made in the USA" label on it, spending our tax payer dollars on what amounts to no more than a campaign junket and blaming everyone but himself for the ills of the nation. He needs to pay for this "tour" with money from his campaign war chest that he has been accumulating while far too many people are suffering for the folly that this administration has become. He's only had 32 months to "fix" the economy he begged to fix. Well, we were in a recovery until he hit a streak of bad luck. Our bad luck was that he snowed enough people into electing the most inexperienced, unqualified person to ever occupy the Oval Office. Rolled snake eyes with those dice.
PS - Yeppers! Consumer prices rose in July and the Weekly Jobless rate went up again. The federal government doesn't create productive jobs, the private sector does. Keep that in the back of your mind as Obama rolls out his Jobs Plan. Watch what you see, not what he says..