Food Stamps: Not Just for Widows and Orphans Anymore

Here’s a stat sure to make any Obama-loving Liberal proud.

I read recently that America’s welfare system, now known euphemistically as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program, experienced mixed results in 2014.

As we all know by now, the program has grown immensely in the last decade, and mostly under Obama. But as reported in the Daily Signal, there are even worse indicators than the numbers themselves.

Participation and average benefit amounts fell slightly from the previous year, but the program remains much larger than it was a decade ago, despite an improving economy. And far too few working-age adults receiving SNAP are in fact working, even years into the recovery.

In case you missed it, we have an “improving economy” yet “far too few working-age adults receiving SNAP are in fact working!” That is indeed the Liberal definition of “improvement.”

Keep in mind that SNAP (food stamps) was set up for widows, orphans, the mentally or physically disabled, and old people on fixed incomes. These groups used to represent the downtrodden of America, and at most represented 10 percent of our population. However, SNAP has morphed to cover the lazy.

As the Daily Signal puts it:

The program may appear to be on the right track—but it is far from perfect and traveling much too slowly. First, some background: SNAP provides food assistance to low-income individuals and households, with the goal of preventing hunger and malnutrition.

It worked! Because as Michelle Obama laments, Americans are too fat. So each month, America’s poor fat people getting their benefits are transferred to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, supposedly to get the staples from most grocery stores and establishments that sell unprepared food. This now includes liquor stores, casinos, convenience stores, and even restaurants.

Qualified recipients’ households that make 130 percent of the federal poverty level or less are eligible, with a few exceptions. Here are the numbers:

  • In 2014, participation fell to 46.5 million from 47.6 million people the year before.
  • The average monthly payment for all SNAP households fell to $257 in FY 2014, from $275 in FY 2013.
  • Households with children typically receive more (around $400 per month), while elderly recipients receive less (just over $100).
  • One out of seven Americans received SNAP benefits in 2014, and the program cost $74.1 billion—the second largest means-tested welfare program.
  • Participation remains twice as high as it was a decade ago (24 million in 2004), even as the unemployment rate has dropped in recent years.

In the War on Poverty, America is getting her ass kicked. But it gets worse.

In the report we learn that today, a slight majority of recipients are now non-elderly adults. So in other words, the number of able-bodied working-age adults without dependents outnumber the people for whom the program was started.
Before the 2008 recession (and almost irreparable damage by the election of Barack Obama), 55 percent of SNAP households consisted of children and the elderly, still dismal numbers.
So in the so-called recovery where jobs are being created, the number of nonworking, nondisabled, working-age recipients of SNAP outnumbers those who aren’t looking for jobs, and those who are in retirement.
This is the record the Liberals want to run on. Still 16 million more people on welfare than before Obama took office, and the demographic is getting younger and stronger. Welcome to Utopia.

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