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Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib And Lobster While Working Families Barely Survive?

Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse
February 14th, 2013
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Should we all quit working and jump on board the Obama gravy train?  Of course, I am being facetious, but when you are barely surviving does there come a point when it just becomes easier to give up and totally rely on the government?  Today, the federal government runs nearly 80 different means-tested welfare programs, and many state and local governments have their own welfare programs on top of that.  If you become an expert on those programs and you learn how to game the system, can you live more comfortably than someone that lives honestly and works as hard as they can and yet still makes less than 10 dollars an hour?  Now, right from the outset of this article, let me make it abundantly clear that I do not believe that most people are abusing the system.  As I have written about over and over, the number of Americans living in poverty is rapidly increasing because there are not enough jobs.  There are not enough jobs because we are shipping millions of them out of the country to the other side of the globe, and we are also losing millions of jobs to technology.  There have always been those that need our help, and because of the foolish decisions that we have made as a nation, the ranks of the poor will continue to expand.  But it is also true that there are some people out there that are very brazenly abusing the system.  For example, is it really fair for people on food stamps to buy prime rib and lobster while many working families barely survive?  People like that are taking advantage of their fellow Americans, and they are making it harder for the people that really need the help to be able to get it.

Unfortunately, we are rapidly becoming an “entitlement society”.  Close to half the country lives in a home that receives some sort of monetary benefits from the federal government each month at this point.

In particular, the food stamp program has experienced explosive growth in recent years.  Since Obama has been president, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by more than 49 percent, and more than 11,000 people a day have enrolled in the food stamp program since Obama entered the White House.

And if you can believe it, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.

Will we all eventually be on food stamps?

Actually, the truth is that there are millions upon millions of hard working American families that are desperately trying to make it on their own and that don’t want to become financial dependents of the federal government.  Unfortunately, it can be a little disheartening when you are barely making it from month to month and yet you see others using government benefit cards to buy luxury items.

The other day my wife came across a discussion on Facebook that really caught her attention.  I thought that I would share with you all the post that got that discussion going.  As far as I can determine, this woman shared what she believed she actually saw at her local grocery store, but I have no way of determining if this story is true or not.  But I have seen quite a few similar stories of food stamp abuse in the past.  Either way, I think the following story will be good to help spark a conversation about whether our current system is broken or not.  All of the names have been removed so as to protect the identity of the woman that originally posted this on Facebook…

Okay…so, I’m going to go on a rant for a minute…just to get it off my chest…

**** & I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things because we were getting low…sooo, we pick up our 40% off chicken and buy one get two free items and proceed to checkout.

There is a woman ahead of us with a child about 4 years old. The woman, I couldn’t help but notice….had beautiful fingernails, clearly professionally done…and I also noticed her brand new IPHONE…which she was talking on, and I think that is rude while you are being checked out. Her little girl was commenting on the TWO live lobsters in a bag on the checkout, asked if it was going to hurt when they get cooked, her mom brushed her off…at that time I took a look at what else she had on the counter…A HUGE roast, sirloin tips, shrimp, beef ribs and pork ribs…only the prime cuts… I thought to myself….mmmmmm someone is having a yummy dinner and must have a great job as I could not afford these things (not that I’d get my nails done anyway)….

So…the cashier gives her a total and what does she pull out of her wallet but a BENEFIT card!!!!!!! I had all I could do to contain myself…

Sometimes people need help, and I’m okay with that, and those who need it should get it….BUT…if you can afford the latest IPHONE and fancy nails then why in the world are the taxpayers paying for your LOBSTER?!!!! If she really needed help and food, she should have been buying the “sale” items…40% off chicken, buy one get one free cheese ravioli…you know, like the rest of us working class have to buy!

It especially makes me mad because there ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP and can’t get it…My son and his girlfriend and brand new baby aren’t eligible for an ounce of help…they tried, she works days and he works nights so that they don’t have to pay for day-care, they use inexpensive diapers and try to save money anyway they can, they struggle to make ends meet and to pay for their straight talk phones and to boot are paying off college loans…but they supposedly make too much…c’mon, really, he works at McDonalds and she works in a nursing home…lets be real here…those are the type that SHOULD get help…UGHHHH Our system is broken and something needs to be done about it!!!

There, that’s my rant…kudo’s to you if you managed to read the whole thing as I know it was an awful long rant….Gotta go work now, ;) Thanks for listening.

In response to her story, dozens of people posted comments.  Quite a few people said that they had seen similar things where they lived.

And the truth is that food stamps are accepted just about wherever you look these days.  Just check out this shocking article: “Obama’s food-stamp nation: ‘We accept EBT’ signs are everywhere“.

So is this kind of thing fair?

If not, what can be done about it?

What everybody can agree upon is that the number of food stamp recipients is absolutely exploding.  The following is from a recent CNS news article

When Obama entered office in January 2009 there were 31,939,110 Americans receiving food stamps.  As of November 2012—the most recent data available—there were 47,692,896 Americans enrolled, an increase of 49.3 percent.

But this didn’t just start under Obama.  Back in the year 2000, there were just 17 million Americans on food stamps.

30 million more have been added to the program since then.

And of course food stamps is not the only federal welfare program that is being abused.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a tremendous amount of abuse in the free cell phone program as well.

The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them.

The Lifeline program—begun in 1984 to ensure that poor people aren’t cut off from jobs, families and emergency services—is funded by charges that appear on the monthly bills of every landline and wireless-phone customer. Payouts under the program have shot up from $819 million in 2008, as more wireless carriers have persuaded regulators to let them offer the service.

A lot of people refer to those free cell phones as “Obamaphones”, but the truth is that the program has been going on for a long time.  It just has accelerated greatly under Obama.

So what is the solution to all of this?

Well, what we really need are a lot more jobs, but in the State of the Union address last night Obama simply rehashed a lot of the same tired proposals that he and our former presidents have been promoting for years.

If we continue to do the same things that we have been doing, we are going to continue to get the same results.

There is a reason why the percentage of the civilian labor force in the United States that is employed has been steadily declining every single year since 2006.  We keep pursuing foolish policies, and those policies are steadily destroying our economy.

Sadly, many of our politicians appear to be engaged in some form of “doublethink”.  The things that they tell us will solve our problems are actually the things that are making our problems even worse.

For example, Barack Obama says that we need even more “free trade agreements” and that we need to integrate our economy into the emerging one world economic system even more deeply.

But as I have shown in article after article, the “free trade” agenda of the global elite has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and millions of good paying U.S. jobs.

For much more on this, please see the following article: “55 Reasons Why You Should Buy Products That Are Made In America“.

And of course Obama once promised that he would never “rest” until he had fixed our employment problems, but that hasn’t exactly been the truth either.  The following is from a recent article by Dan Gainor

Back in 2009, the president promised never to “rest” until the job situation was fixed. Nearly four years later, he’s done a lot of resting.

According to The Weekly Standard, Pres. Obama has had 83 vacation days overall and Factcheck.org says he took 26 of those in 2009. That means the president has taken at least 57 vacation days since his vow not to “rest.”

But hey, he needs his rest.  Life is rough.  U.S. taxpayers only spend about a billion dollars a year on the Obamas.  How is he supposed to scrape by on such limited resources?

Meanwhile, Americans are still incredibly pessimistic about the economy.  The following is what one recent survey found…

  • Eight in 10 Americans are skeptical that career and employment opportunities will be better for the next generation.
  • More than half of Americans say the economy will not fully recover from the 2007-2009 recession for another six years; 29% believe the economy will never fully recover.
  • 73% of Americans were directly impacted by the recession: individuals surveyed had either lost a job themselves or a family member/close relative had been out work because of the economic downturn.
  • The majority of survey participants said college would become unaffordable for most young Americans.
  • 56% reported having fewer savings than before the recession.
  • More than half of those who were laid off or lost a job said they cut back on medical treatment or doctor visits.
  • 40% of Americans have borrowed money from family or friends.
  • Nearly 25% of participants said they have sought professional help for stress or depression.

And as you can see from the charts in this article, U.S. businesses remain very pessimistic about the future of the economy as well.

Unfortunately, those that are pessimistic about the economy have very good reasons to be so.

And as bad as things are right now, they are going to be getting much, much worse.

That means that millions more Americans are going to be wanting to sign up for food stamps and other welfare programs.

But what will happen someday when the safety net breaks and all of those welfare programs start getting cut back dramatically?

What kind of riots will we see in major U.S. cities when the international community insists that the U.S. implement its own version of “austerity” in response to a massive debt crisis?

Will we eventually end up just like Greece and Spain or even worse?

Please share this article with as many people as you can, and please feel free to leave your thoughts on this article above by posting a comment below…

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  • Leon H

    Why is it that common sense is so hard to find? Of course there should be restrictions on what can be bought. Our schools have new menus that lean towards somewhat smarter food choices, so why on Earth wouldn’t common sense dictates that a list of foods would reflect what can be bought and what is off limits, and lobster should be on that list. There are people that apply and sell their cards for cash in some places, again common sense would ask those cards have a picture on them. I saw on the news that people were getting free phones by the score and one person had 8! Is it too much to ask for reasonable care with taxpayer money? There will always be scammers but lets not make it childsplay to screw the people that actually NEED those services or those that pay for it.

    • Jean

      I find it funny how ANY restriction on buying food is seen as “cruel and unusual,” especially given how much crap there is on the shelves. Should be NO RESTRICTIONS on meat and fresh veggies (and I’d include fish), and for that matter, dairy: Milk, Eggs, Cheese. Anything processed – for example, “Egg Beaters” – is NOT allowed.
      Problem is, a fat, stupid populace is easier to control (and they get sick easily, and buy medicines more, too), makign the whole thing a series of negative incentives. (And we won’t even get into how the carb-based “diet” guidelines turn your brain into mush by making you a carb-addict. )

      • Jean

        Posted too soon.
        ANYWAY: Paleo-style eating, careful budgeting, and making sure you have the essentials… Ammo, Gas, food. And make the woman pay her own way, welcome to equality, bitch.

    • SKIP

      HAHAHAHAHAA reasonable care with taxpayer money!!! By POLITICIANS!!!! hahahahahahaa thanks for that laugh, laughs are rare over here in the mountains of Afghanistan and that was/is a good one. No offense intended.

      • morris adams

        hey, piss on some more tallyban! I PROMISE we laughed at that!! screw those commies that blasted u guys for that, ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ LOVED IT!! ”AIR’BORNE–ALLTHEWAY!

  • Jack

    The other day, at the grocery, a woman asked for $192.00 back from her card. The cashier said that ‘on a
    debit card, she could only get $100.00’. Then she said that ‘it was OK to get $192.00, because it was her
    EBT card–because it was HER money’…You should have seen the fireworks display when I said ‘No sweetie
    it’s OURS’!

    • Jean

      You should’ve asked for a refund…

  • Craig A.

    I have a family member who is on disability for a brain disorder. He gets $196/mo. averages out to about $6/day. Lobster and other luxuries are not on the menu. It’s staple foods, milk, Ramen. Food bought at a surplus store, day old bread store. You can’t get much when you can only spend about $2 per meal.

    • Jean

      Amazing, isnt it? Almost makes one think the Gov’t would prefer he die.
      But I’d guess you don’t vote Democrap… Yes, there’s a shorthand message there.

      • SKIP

        Probably also White since to treat a nigger dat way wut be racisssss.

  • MX Mike

    So I’m at wallyworld checking out with my 1/4 full cart that cost’s me $100.00 + (no meat items)….. the person in front of me has a full cart, checks out with an EBT card, walks out of the store and climbs into their 2 year old Escalade. Go figure. I just shook my head and climbed into my 13 year old pick up. It’s a different world…………

  • Freedom Fighter

    Hell I see this every day, my brothers gf is one of the worst on how to fuck the system…drives a newer car then most, eats better then most and has healthcare that most cannot afford…

    I remember the day when one was on WELFARE they were ASHAMED…not anymore, its about how much they can get and fuck the rest of us…

    • Mike

      Well said!! I work and have to budget like most. I see people almost everyday at the store buying better food than I…and of course the EBT card is used. WE the tax payers should have a say in how OUR money is being used by the “do nothings” of society!

    • SKIP

      Do her be black? do he be black?

      • Freedom Fighter

        Nah, we be white bro….her on the other hand, even
        though she is white…she is what i call a wake of
        destruction…having kids just to live on the states dime…
        it fucking erks me to no end…she has four kids by
        three different races….

        • jenb

          I think there are a lot more people gaming the system than anyone is willing to admit. It would be one thing if we would occasionally witness it, or stumble across some jerk gaming the system. But now, it is practically any time I am at the store. You see them checkout with the ebt. Then they get in their new very nice car, while talking on their iPhone.

        • SKIP

          A sad day man. I actually know some high quality and honorable blacks and they say they are fucked in any case since they are educated, responsible and articulate the blacks say “dey be akin white” so they would murder them, whites KNOW they are black and would murder them. A difference I point out is that Whites that know them would do what they could to prevent harm to them whereas blacks would not. I could be wrong on that point but I don’t think so, we Whites just have different thought processes.

  • Michael

    nobody really cares about the money because ..,hey, it’s not their money, it’s ours. If politicians etc had to contribute to the same agencies we do, they would be more inclined to put more control in place. It’s like Social Security, politicians have their own retirement system separate from the rest of us.

  • Don

    I say keep the food healthy.& anyone try and tell me I can’t own a nice boat or gun & a nice truck can kiss my ass I been on food stamp I bought my own property “land” using my SS check. yea I had to do without for 2 1/2 yrs. but got it all paid off Oh And I feel better knowing I don’t have to rent.And where on earth do these smart ass’s get off thinking people don’t deserve better! You can kiss my ass. I didn’t ask to be on disability. I was told by my lawyer to go for it. if your on drugs & I mean social workers cops,lawyers,laborers.& such you don’t have room to talk just cry when you get caught. I don’t use drugs . I may drink a cold one but that’s my business not yours.

    • SKIP

      Calm down Don! most here would be on your side, especially if you’re White but disabled as you say is totally a different matter. To see welfare and it’s fraud up close and how it really is one must, MUST hang out in a big, mostly black city (most cities are mostly black anyway) and see what really happens. The niggers don’t even begin stirring until around 1600 at which point they start drinking 40s on the old couch out front and throwing the empties somewhere near the dumpster they had their nigger public works employees put in the front but not to near their Escalades..seen these things with my own eyes my friend. No offense to you at all. Live free or start killing.

    • Freedom Fighter

      Dude, there are real folks who need this help, I’ve been on DI myself, if ya need it then use it…but when they abuse it and abuse it, eventually there will be nothing left to abuse. and then where do they get there ebt from…from your neighbor…in the form of looting…

  • stalker

    your not smart enough to scam a system thats scammin you…wake up

  • SKIP

    BE SERIOUS! if you are White there is no fuckin way you can get on the “gravy train” bekoz dat wut be racisssssss.

    • Freedom Fighter

      SKIP, yes it does happen bro, not quite as frequent, but it does happen…and when they learn the ropes, it all over with…

  • Milo Mindbender

    I have a fix for the lifeline program. Go back to supplying a wall phone and land line. If it really is about poor people looking for jobs maybe they should try cooking while they wait for the phone to ring.

    • Freedom Fighter

      hell let them use a pay phone…I know I had many a treks to a pay phone to call the boss to see if we were gonna thump nails tomorrow…just saying….

      • SKIP

        I am all too aware that it happens FF though luckily I have never had to use the system for support, as they say, but for the grace of god go I. And the pay phone comment!! LOL Pay phones are for the local drug dealers and if you live around one as I have in the past you know, as does everyone in the area, KNOW you don’t fuck with the dealer’s phone. I too was born before cell phones and can get by just fine without them and I am not going to miss all the techno shit when the system collapses.

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