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Food Stamps? The New Spin

Updated on August 18, 2011

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..

Sorry! My meter pegged out on this one!

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      Partisan Patriot 5 years ago

      Under George Bush 34,000,000 people were on food stamps as opposed to under His Majesty's Let-em-eat-cake program where now 47,000,000 people are feeding at the government trough; let's do the math Under Bush 1 out of 9.6 people weren't able to feed themselves whereas now 1 out of 7 people. Seems to me His Majesty's Let-em-eat-cake programs are working just fine as far as reducing our population by starving people to death!Up and Awsome!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Voted UP & AI-- no nonsense, just like you, mar!

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Frog

      You beat me to it. I was writing a hub on this but you covered just fine. Food Stamps are an economic stimulus, what a freakin joke. Wonder what's next

      Up and awsome

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      American View - We'll just flip a coin!

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Voted up written with your true style and a little bit of humour as always. Thank you for sharing your thoughts

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      We are definitely on the dame wave length. Tomorrow's hub is already written because I have to leave the house early. Apparently Vilsack is smoking the same thing as Obama and the rest of the administration. Up and awesome and interesting too.

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      Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      You hit the nail right one the head my friend, first I am a disabled senior, very low income, I get $16 a month in food stamps, milk, bread, baloney and cheese, mayo, and soy milk. Thank is what I eat all month....So my friend, us seniors or left high and dry, why not write about that! Hugs darski

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      hdtvseattle 5 years ago from Seatttle

      Good post people need to realize what a bad state we are in and get to work or connected and move on the politicians for a real change not a hand out. We want our country back,48% of people are on the take so who are they going to vote for what happens when we tip that 50% scale scary

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      Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      King Obama(tm) reminds me of the story "The Emperor's New Clothes" in which the new clothes are invisible to those that are incompetent, or stupid. So, the entire Obama Administration must think their Emperor struts around the golf course and in Martha's Vineyard in invisible clothes. Gingrich or whoever said it is right, Obama is the Food Stamp President. I never dreamed, frog, that anyone could eclipse Jimmy Carter as a completely, incompetent boob. I now long for the Jimmy Carter days, as asinine as that sounds. Great hub, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Stu Engelman 5 years ago

      Up and all across Frog. Everyone knows that spending has multiplier effects, but so does spending by the people who were taxed to fund the food stamps. Also, much of government spending comes from borrowing, so it's just part of the hole we are digging. The answer is more jobs: kick out illegals, end the FIT and replace it with a sales tax to improve investment, and stop offering export protection to China/India/etc. so they stop letting us offshore jobs.

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      september girl 5 years ago

      My Momma calls Mr. Obama the 'O' Bomb. He needs to have it all blow up in his face. We need a 'real American' to run America, don't you think? What a mess we are in! I never voted for the guy, that's for sure! I'm glad you call it like it is, The Frog Prince! Voted this up, awesome and interesting!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Cash and carry BK Stacker (single) is still a buck. Yay for Burger King.

      The Food Stamp President DOES have a certain ring to it.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      I saw this same story! It is getting better everyday! Did you mention the million dollar buses the President rode around in that were built in CANADA! Boy I bet Americans were proud of that ride! .............voted up!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You know what the SNAP program stands for, Frog? Stupid Niggling Asinine Plan. Obummy is a master of doublespeak. Imagine making campaign speeches touting American made products and touring in one point one million dollar buses made in Canada.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      Another informative and well written Hub FP ! Imagine advertizing to spend taxpayers money, it really makes your blood boil! The liberals way to stimulate the economy seems to be to conficate money from the wealth creators and hand it to the wealth consumers, I don't know how they get away with it.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      The Frog Prince

      WITH YOUR PERMISSION.

      EXERPTS FROM A REPLY TO A HUB ON 5/5/09

      WHY ARE WE BANKRUPT?

      Informative, and mind boggling! You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:

      1.$11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

      2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps,WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

      3.$2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal Aliens .& nabs; Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

      4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

      Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt...

      5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

      Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt...

      &n bsp;

      6.$90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

      Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.h...

      7 $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

      Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSC RI PTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

      The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU'RE LIKE ME HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY;

      IT IS $338,300,000,000.00 WHICH WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.

      Are we THAT stupid? YES, FOR LETTING THOSE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS GET AWAY WITH LETTING THIS HAPPEN YEAR AFTER YEAR!!!!!

      OBAMA NEEDS TO KEEP THE HISPANIC VOTE

      On 8/19/11 President Obama wrote an executive order for the Dept of Homeland Security to RELEASE ALL ILLEGALS ( without having a record ) scheduled for deportation. You won’t see it in the mainstream media or cable, only Fox News is reporting. He is a fox, DID IT ON THE WEEKEND.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      One bit to add: disgusts me when lowly relatives on the other side sell their food stamps meant for one adult and three children for cash to buy on the street prescription drugs that they sold earlier in the month to get cash for cable or what-ever. Easy come, easy go for some losers.

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      jon ewall 5 years ago

      Alastar Packer

      Think about

      Those 14 million out of work understand that our government is part of the problem. President Obama says ''I know your hurt '' REALLY.

      CLOSE TO 50,000 ON FOOD STAMPS and 14 million collecting a ''living wage'' government pay check ( UNEMPLOYMENT ). Just thought to inject '' living wage '' only because one hears the unions use the phrase when discussing the private sector businesses.

      If millionaires or billionaires want to pay more, have them hire more people. Surely it is better for the people to have the money rather than an incompetent and wasteful government. If the people are working and companies are making profit, the government in the end will get their share (revenue ) for doing NOTHING.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      The illegals are the ones with the food stamps so how would that help citizens anyway? I have seen it, they take out buggies of food that one or two people cannot handle, and like you show there, the best meat the best of everything, I watch them, they never look at a price. so maybe this is just another way of having us give to non citizen he hopes somehow to win votes from without our knowledge. I see he had to come off vacation to talk about Libya. Has he ever been off vacation? Is this going to mean more of our men fighting? More war?

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      His administration has almost become a "Comedy Routine"...if it weren't so Sad and True, what to do, what to do...Elections are Not just opened to a few...and 2012 is coming into View! Really good Hub and great Comments Froggy.

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      jon ewall 5 years ago

      The Frog Prince

      ''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.''.

      Obama on bus tour recently stopped in Atkinson, Illinois on Aug 18, 2011 and asked the audience to tell him what the government needs to do to get people to hire, JOBS. Unanimously they replied new government regulations are killing the job market. President Obama said he will look into the matter only if the regulation doesn’t affect clean water and/or clean air. Sounds good for now!

      Take note of how many dollars are being spent in the government. Since Obama became president the government has added 759 new agencies in the Healthcare Bill and 447 new agencies because of the Dodd Franks Banking bill. The private sector has been bombarded with new government regulations . The Student Loan program was taken over by the government at a loss of 32,000 private sector jobs in the banking industry.

      I heard a comment today that the government is still writing new regulations in the Banking Bill and the Healthcare Bill. Any bill that Congress passes that requires adding to a bill after the bill is passed can’t be very good. Why would anyone blame the business industry when no one knows what the playing field looks like down the road.

      As usual, GOVERNMENT is the reason for businesses not hiring.

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      Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Again, it is all about jobs. That's the part that Obama just doesn't get. The LACK of jobs is what makes a program like this one soar in numbers, and you'd think his dime-sized brain would be able to put it together that MORE people needing HELP to make ends meet means LESS people being productive, and LESS people working to support themselves, and you CANNOT claim any real success until we reach a point where at least 94%-96% of the country is back to work and off the government teat.

      I think you may be right. He's well on his way to being known as an idiot.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Springboard - What you said is exactly true and what we need is private sector jobs, not more government jobs. This administration has increased the size of the federal bureaucracy by over 17% since he took office.

      I see now that his whole focus is in making more and more people dependent upon the government. What should that tell anyone?

      The Frog

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      Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Be afraid?

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago

      The Frog Prince

      You said

      ‘’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 ‘’

      Recent true story:

      My grandson ‘’ the nurse ‘’ recently relocated to get a job in Moline, Ill. He was asked if he got into the food stamp program as yet?. They couldn’t believe that he was not collecting , as all of the other young people were. He couldn’t believe that anyone would be taking advantage of the government when they didn’t need the food handout.

      The story substantiates what the liberals are telling the people. One must wonder how low people will go to get something for nothing, not caring that they are stealing from someone who really needs the help.

      TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      JON - Evidently the "advertising" campaign in Obama's corrupt home state is working.

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      Maybe if the government would hire every day people with the good ideas to change the sad situation we see then the people that work hard can be part of the solution instead of making the problem bigger.No that is too hard to pay people who work hard on change and want to see a better future.Nothing comes easy.With hard work and dedication it can work.Great hub.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Dream On - Maybe if we elected every day people with the good ideas we'd turn this ship around. That' the ticket.

      The Frog

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      jon ewall 5 years ago

      The Frog Prince

      Today Oct.4,2011, President Obama was on the road again pushing his jobs bill. The President said the jobs bill will put 286,000 public sector teachers back to work. Somehow the dunce don't understand that much of the revenue to keep those teachers working come from the private sector citizens ( when working ) and small business profits ( if they are making profits).

      The government needs revenue to pay for government. There are $ billions of unspent Stimulus money. The Stimulus Package ended Sept.30, 2011. Will Congress and Obama return the $ billions to the US Treasury to lower the national debt as required by the bill?

      Pay-Go legislation signed by Obama needs to be enforced by Congress. No doubt that the Republicans will attempt to follow the law. Will Obama and the Democrats do the same?

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Jon - My answer is they won't.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Very good hub. You have my vote. It took Obama coming along to help us see ole Bush wasn't that bad at all!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      http://www.usmessageboard.com/immigrati … oject.html

      You will love this if you haven't seen it.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      PA - Got a page not found at that link.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Sorry they pulled that one faster than a hot potato. It was someone driving through where illegals lived high on the hog, not only Mexicans of course and as I am understanding it, in other things I read it seems to have been built only for them and at an estimated cost right now of 250 billion dollars so far. They all had new cars, it looked like a rich neighborhood...as I am sure it is. Some I have found out too can legally get so much just having a child, which gives them rights but the thing is they are in before Americans on the list for housing. Straight in. Will we ever understand why? It appears it's just to destroy us and yet Americans will take up for it for the most part and it makes me so sick for them to be so blind...or stupid. Sorry, wish you could have seen it.

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