By Bob L.
Wed. May 12
This is an amassing story, but the problem is that the Government is spending more money to put on this joke then they are in handing out food stamps. On an average you could say that in a lot of cases you get $10.00 or $20.00 a month to live on, so what can you buy to last you a month to live on and stay alive.
So now you add a VALUE ADDED TAX to that, the ten or twenty dollar food stamp will equal about $2.00. And with the Government controlling the food crops there is no control on price, you say how is the Government controlling food, just look at the farmers in California that are watching their land turn into a dust bowl, WHY? they don’t have the water to raise any crops, WHY? Environmentalists, and fisherman ( that over fish ) on the Oregon coast, AND you can’t forget about the scare the Government did with the Ecoli scare on tomatoes that ended up being a pepper from Mexico, and with less crops higher prices.
The problem is that no one wants to sit down and work up a plan on how to solve the problem unless they get a SIX figure check, so what do you get, a Country that has high unemployment.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
WASHINGTON – Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps — the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update.
Food stamps are the primary federal anti-hunger program, helping poor people buy food. Enrollment is highest during times of economic distress. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent, the government said on Friday.
The Agriculture Department said 39.68 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, were enrolled for food stamps during February, an increase of 260,000 from January. USDA updated its figures on Wednesday.
“This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/food stamps,” said the anti-hunger group Food Research and Action Center, using the new name for food stamps, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “Research suggests that one in three eligible people are not receiving … benefits.”
Enrollment has set a record each month since reaching 31.78 million in December 2008. USDA estimates enrollment will average 40.5 million people this fiscal year, which ends Sept 30, at a cost of up to $59 billion. For fiscal 2011, average enrollment is forecast for 43.3 million people.
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