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Editorial: Keeping Americans on the food stamp ‘plantation’
About politics and other thingsJuly 18, 2012 | 1,234 views | 1 comment
Star Parker’s commentary is usually right on the money, and her recent discourse was no different.
She was writing about the new Farm Bill, which provides funding for the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) that we used to call the food stamp program.
Parker is a black conservative writer and founder of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education), which teaches the concepts of free enterprise and individual merit, as opposed to promoting entitlement programs.
Under the current administration, the number of people on government assistance has increased dramatically, something they are proud of. They even run commercials promoting the various programs.
The latest USDA promotion is on Spanish-language television where a 10-part novela (soap opera) promotes the use of food stamps. Convincing Americans (and others) to believe that accepting food stamps is not welfare, and encouraging their use is hardly the hope and change most Americans voted for.
Government entitlements do not create upstanding citizens. They might provide a helpful step up, but that is not what is being promoted. Instead, they are being kept on the “plantation,” as Parker wrote. People used to come to this country to find a bright future instead of looking for a handout. People like Quang Nguyen. He advocates for the American spirit: “America is not just a place on the map, it isn’t just a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept.
“This is about Freedom and not free stuff ... .”
Quang Nguyen helped create the Patriot Network AZ, a conservative YouTube channel that continues to enjoy millions of viewers. His message is the opposite of what we see coming from our government.
From the USDA website: “SNAP brings Federal dollars into communities in the form of benefits which are redeemed by SNAP participants at local stores. These benefits ripple throughout the economies of the community, State, and Nation.
“For example: Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates a total of $9.20 in community spending. Every additional dollar’s worth of SNAP benefits generates 17 to 47 cents of new spending on food.”
Using this logic, it is easy to see why they want to increase the number of participants, but it’s like Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money to spend.”
The money to fund these programs first must be taken from the taxpayers, so that if every dollar in food stamps brings money into the community, consider first how much money the community had to send to Washington in order for it to be returned in the form of food stamps.
Whereas, if the economy improves and jobs are created in the private sector, production would be increased, and the money available to spend would increase proportionately as more people are employed. That would be so much more efficient than first sending it to Washington to be redistributed.
Parker summed it up best in her piece: “Sadly, our nation has become a food stamp plantation.
“The most compassionate thing that can be done today is exactly what is not happening -- economic growth, job creation, and getting folks to work. ... .”
No, it’s more about getting votes than compassion. It is not fair to try and keep people on the plantation just to win votes.
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El Zorro Plateado
Nueces Strip, Texas
July 19, 2012 11:01am
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