Food Stamps as an Ideal

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Issues

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Those of us who are far removed from the perverted intellect of the political class often wonder how they can believe that subsidizing poverty will create upward mobility.  We’ve witnessed a half century of the great society, and despite the $17 trillion price tag of this failed endeavor, poverty has only expanded.  Is their support for trickle-up poverty really born out of altruistic principles?  Or is it a reflection of their insatiable desire to grow dependency for the purpose of cementing a permanent political constituency?

Well, here is reason number 35,000 why it is the latter rather than the former supposition:  (via CNNMoney)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics.

The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area.

So now our tax dollars are not only subsidizing poverty, they are going towards advertisements for these programs!  One would think that a growth of 80% in food stamp enrollment over 4 years would be enough for the Food Stamp president.  Why would he need to advertise in an effort to lure more people into the program?  But that is exactly the point.

For these people, welfare is not even a necessary evil.  It is not a vice at all in their minds.  The more people that are dependent upon government the more likely they are to stay in power.  That’s why you will often hear comments like these from administration officials – extolling the virtues of food stamps and government dependency:

In July, the House is slated to take up the FY 2013 Agriculture appropriations bill.  Republicans must commit to strip out any funding in the bill for advertising food stamps to the public.  Why would they want to stimulate poverty and grow the rolls of the Democrat Party?