Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why Food Stamps Are Not Good for You

When President Obama run for the Office in 2008, he promised change. For many Americans change came in the most unexpected way. Some lost their jobs, others not only lost their jobs, but also lost their homes. Many became completely dependent on the Government's handouts and even those who work receive food stamps hoping that this situation is only temporary. As many as 42 million Americans are now on food stamps and yet, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi believes that food stamps are good for the economy!

"It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance. The biggest bang for the buck," Pelosi told the press at a press conference in her home town of San Francisco on October 6, 2010. She explained that the program's multiplier effect – the amount of money that is generated by the local economies as the result of the Government's subsidies – exceeds the nearly $60 billion spent this year by the Federal Government on the program and is a great way to stimulate the economy. For every dollar that a person receives in food stamps, Pelosi said that $1.79 is put back into the economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated an even higher figure of $1.84!

According to this logic, the more people on food stamps, the better! And not just better for the economy! Better for the politics, as well. As people become more and more dependent on their Government's social programs, they are very unlikely to vote this Government out of power. Who would bite the hand that feeds him?

While social programs may be necessary in times of emergency, they should only be temporary as they create dependence and complacency. And although they may artificially stimulate economy for a while, they do a great harm to the spirit of the people. They demoralize the people, take away hope and destroy the pioneer spirit Americans are so well known for.

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, criticizes the Democrats for their way in handling the economy. He wants the Republican candidates to shape the political debate as one "between the Democratic Party of food stamps and the Republican Party of paychecks."

Rather than giving more and more handouts the Government should reduce its size, cut spending and extend the tax cuts. This would be the stimulus the economy needs right now, but instead, the blame game goes on.

On a rally for John Kitzhaber in Portland, OR, on October 20, the President made an eloquent statement. He compared the US economy to a car that was driven to a ditch by the Republican Party. He did not mention that the House and the Senate were in Democrats' hands at that time, but instead told the people that the Democrats have been working hard to get the above mentioned car out of the ditch. 
"We went down there we put on our boots, it was muddy down there and it was hot. There were bugs everywhere. But we knew we had to get that car out of that ditch. So we start pushing on that car. And every once in a while we look up and the Republicans are up there, just standing there, not lifting a finger. And we tell them to come down and help because you'all got the car into the ditch. They say, no that's alright, but you need to push harder. You're not pushing the right way." - President Obama
With more than one in eight Americans now on food stamps, participation in the program has jumped about 70 percent from 26 million in May 2007 to 42 million in September 2010 while the nation's unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in 2007 to 9.2 percent in this time. This really is a sign of change. So, maybe, after all, the Democrats are pushing hard, but in a wrong direction. 

By Dominique Allmon ©2010

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