Food Stamps and the Low Labor Participation Rate

Why wouldn’t labor participation be low if people get free food but don’t have to look for work? Here is a really interesting headline from Fox News: “Most states waiving work requirements for food stamps, despite improving job market.” Most states still are waiving work requirements for those on food stamps, raising concerns that despite an improving job market the Obama administration is feeding government dependency — and all at the expense of taxpayers. Forty-four of the 50 states Read more […]

How Government Uses “Compassion” for Corporate Welfare

From the beginning the food stamp program was designed for corporate welfare. As Americans, we need a serious conversation about the risks involved when government gets involved in the marketplace. This article at the Daily Bell, which discusses Rick Brattin’s bill in Missouri, would be a great place to start: “We’re All Welfare Queens Now.” Limited government advocates may find a certain emotional satisfaction in proposals like that of Rep. Brattin. If we must have programs like Read more […]

MO GOP: Stop Buying Good Food with Food Stamps

If we are going to have food stamps, why tell recipients to stop buying good food? Why are MO Republicans imitating Michelle Obama’s lunch program with food stamps? I hate food stamps. I wish they would be abolished. I don’t believe they actually help people but that they make it easy to become people who need help. Those who really needed help could be helped by voluntary gifts, especially if the state was not busy plundering the populace through taxation. But  none of the Missouri Read more […]

Billionaires and Billions of Food Stamps reported this week that, “A record 290 newcomers joined the Forbes billionaires list in the last year as world markets defied international turmoil. While wars, diseases and currency crises made headlines, tycoons from every continent but Antarctica managed to mint new 10-figure fortunes.” The United States ranked second, contributing 57 new billionaires. Who is the most famous rookie on the billionaires list? Michael Jordan, just doing it! Just under 23 million households Read more […]

Kids on Food Stamps “Spiked” Last Year

For children the use of food stamps spiked. Let’s praise the Obama recovery. There are two ways to look at this. One is that the economy is so bad that these children can’t really survive without food stamps. The other is that the government has managed to make more families dependent on its “mercy” for daily survival. They are not mutually exclusive positions to take. [See also, “Make the Able Bodied Work for Food Stamps.”] According to Reuters, “One in five U.S. children Read more […]

$400 Dollar Purse Stolen, with $200 Wallet Containing $800 Cash… and One EBT Card

You can’t make this stuff up. A little sleuthing revealed that this location is in the “Country Club Estates” of Brunswick, Georgia. I seriously doubt all of the purses my wife has ever owned add up to $400… and all of her wallets don’t reach $200. Maybe that’s because she’s never had an EBT card in either of them. Read more […]

Suddenly Walmart On Welfare Is Just Fine?

An amazing headline I’ve seen states, in its second half, that “food-stamp cuts hurt customers.” So you would think the story is about people who have been hurt by food stamp cuts. You would think there is some evidence of children going hungry or adults being under-nourished. But no, as the richest nation on earth, even our poor manage to feed themselves, even with a really small cut in the food stamps available to them. In fact, as James Bovard has pointed out, Numerous studies going Read more […]

The 2013 Food Stamp Surge Claimed One Fifth Of All Households

From CNS News: “Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013.” A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The numbers also show there was a record number of individuals on food stamps in 2013 and that the cost of the program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was at an all-time high. I’ve expressed before that I don’t think cutting food stamps should be a high priority Read more […]

Socialist Bernie Sanders Admits Charles Murray Was Right About The Welfare State

Charles Murray’s book Losing Ground: Social Policy, 1950-1980 was the explosive expose scholarly work that showed how “the war on poverty” and social welfare programs destroyed people by increasing the problems they were supposed to solve. It was a very empirical work that depended on looking at results. From the data he analyzed, Murray proposed a law: The Law of Unintended Rewards: Any social transfer increases the net value of being in the condition that prompted the transfer. Any time Read more […]

Let’s Move! Away From Food Stamps

Yesterday, in his Washington Times commentary “Obama’s Obesity Epidemic,” James Bovard points out that one possible cause of the “obesity epidemic” is government food stamps. Numerous studies going back to the 1970s have linked food stamps to poor eating habits. Baruch College professor Diane Gibson estimated that participation in the food-stamp program for five years boosted the odds of young girls being overweight by 43 percent. Professor Charles Baum, writing in the Southern Economic Read more […]

Create Dependency: The Pressure For “Temporary” Free Money To Become An Unending Entitlement

First it was food stamps and now it is “unemployment benefits.” In the case of the former, Obama set up a “temporary” program that increased the amount of free money available to Americans. As I’ve said before, I don’t think cutting this stuff deserved to be a high priority. But, since it was scheduled to drop unless renewed, I’m not surprised that Congress didn’t want to continue the increase. Basically the government created dependency. So now unemployment benefits (another government-manufactured Read more […]

Michelle Obama PR Program Raids Food Stamps

Andrea Peyser writes in the New York Post: On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it’s now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell’s Soup from stamps. But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn’t heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts. Rather, some of the Read more […]