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A Progressive way of thinking

Posted on: August 17, 2011

Let’s look at this statement by Obama’s Ag Secretary Vilsack about food stamps being a “stimulus.”

Vilsack said: Well, obviously, it’s putting people to work. Which is why we’re going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we’re going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country — something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the food stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.”

Huh? Living off of food stamps directly stimulates the economy? Who pays for the food stamp program? Taxpayers that’s who. Over 40 million people are on food stamps today. That is a very sad number. These are people who are not working, not paying taxes and need help to survive every day. The food stamp program was designed to be a welfare benefit to help people get by until they find a job.

But if you listen to the Progressive way of thinking, any type of welfare is good for the economy. What they fail to say is who is paying for the welfare program – the few working people. As for creating jobs, you are not adding more working people to the economy you are adding people to the welfare state. You don’t need to hire more people to stock shelves because the people on food stamps are still the same number of people just now they are not paying for food with wages but with a government food stamp program.  How can anyone say that with a straight face knowing that they are conning us into believing them?

Now I’m all for helping people during hard times, but to tout the program as a stimulus is a total convoluted message that this administration wants us to believe in.

Is that the Hope and Change Obama was touting? If so, keep your hope and change and just get people back to work. Just as Newt Gingrich said, Obama is the food stamp president. Not exactly a good thing to say about his administration but the truth.

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