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Food Stamp Frenzy

Congress’s farm bill is basically just a big food stamp giveaway program

So Congress is considering a $1 trillion dollar “farm bill,” but as the Weekly Standard’s Kate Havard points out, 80% of that $1 trillion is to be directed toward food stamps.

Food stamps are becoming one of the President Obama’s biggest first term legacies—and it doesn’t seem like he necessarily thinks that’s a problem. After all, when people become dependent on the goodies you give them, those people tend to want to keep you in office. It’s just human nature. There’s nothing sinister about mentioning that fact; what’s sinisiter is the politicains who suck so much money out of the economy that entrepreneurs can’t create jobs and people can’t find work and have to rely on food stamps—food stamps paid with the selfsame money that the politicians had sucked out of the economy.

So the Ruling Political Elite is using the people’s money to bribe them to vote for them—keeping Americans down.

There’s definitely a trend toward increasing government dependence, and it’s not only because the economy is in the doldrums. In fact, the effort to create more dependence keeps the economy from flourishing.

As Havard points out, the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line has only increased by 25% in 10 years, but “spending on food assistance grew 400 percent.”

That’s extraordinary—and unsustainable. As Mitt Romney says in a new advertisement:

“We shouldn’t measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. We should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job.”

Read Kate Havard’s report on the farm bill that’s really a food stamp boondoogle (2 pages).

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