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June 26, 2012 | 2,187 views | 2 comments

With the way money is being thrown about by this administration, it would appear that there is just too much money and they working really hard to get rid of it all.

Throwing money around, as in redistribution of wealth, has nothing to do with creating jobs, but it does make some people feel good.

It makes others feel bad.

The food stamp program is a good example of throwing lots of money around. Of course, I can just hear the gasps ... how dare you say anything about food stamps. Just think of all the poor starving little children.

Unfortunately, with the way the program is run, it is more of a redistribution-of-wealth pro-gram and a way of rewarding certain entities than a program to feed the poor and needy.

The federal government doles out some $80 billion (That is billion with a “b.”) in food stamps each year, but there is no accountability as to where it goes. Convenience stores and gas stations now accept food stamps, so it’s anybody’s guess how much is spent on junk food or, even worse, how much is spent under the table as a way of food-stamp laundering.

The amount of money going to food stamps has more than doubled in recent years, and there are record numbers of people on the program, but it doesn’t seem to help poverty in America. We just keep adding more to the food stamp program.

Of course, we don’t call them “food stamps” anymore. That would be kinda degrading. In-stead, the program is known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program). Now, why wouldn’t you want to participate in a program called SNAP?

Food stamps are a hot topic, as they are a major part of the “farm bill” currently being debated in Congress.

Like SNAP, the Farm Bill also is a way of rewarding certain entities. It includes insurance, payments for not producing certain crops, and as with anything federal, there are layers and layers of bureaucracy involved. It’s hard to say just how much the Farm Bill actually helps farmers. It’s purpose is to keep the food supply coming and the price of food on the grocery shelves reasonable for consumers.

It probably helps farmers as much as food stamps feed hungry children. There will always be more “hungry” children and more farmers “in need.”
 
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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
June 27, 2012 8:59am
 
And there's more money to give away. Obama wants free contraceptives to high schoolers ... http://times247.com/articles/obama-to-high-school-vote-me-for-contraceptives

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
June 26, 2012 8:00pm
 
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