Democrats not feeling at all amenable to Republicans’ new food-stamp proposal

posted at 5:21 pm on August 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And here comes the almighty uproar I predicted earlier this month, wherein House Democrats rage against Republicans’ obviously heartless proposal that ventures to cut the national food-stamp program by an utterly draconian five percent. The fact that enrollment in the food-stamp program has grown by seventy percent in the past five years — and the fact that the program is riddled with waste/fraud/abuse — and, oh yeah, the fact that deficit-spending and a metastisizing welfare state will do nothing to actually mitigate the growing problem of poverty — are evidently not relevant. Via The Hill:

House Democrats are pressing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to back a robust food stamp program or risk a spike in hunger nationwide.

The Democrats characterize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as “our country’s most critical anti-hunger program,” and are calling on GOP leaders to scrap plans to cut funding by tens of billions of dollars in a letter sent to Boehner on Monday that was signed by every member of the caucus.

“We strongly believe in the critical importance of SNAP,” said the letter, which was spearheaded by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and James McGovern (D-Mass.). “Given the essential nature of this program to millions of American families, the final language of the Farm Bill or any other legislation related to SNAP must be crafted to ensure that we do not increase hunger in America.”

So there’s the choice — refuse to make anything more than a miniscule cut to the food-stamp budget, or, apparently, increase hunger in America. That’s it. …The Democrats certainly have the intellectually cheap populism of the War on Poverty going for them, which in this instance is serving as an aggressive poseur occupying the moral high ground, unfortunately. Republicans just don’t care about material hardship and hunger, goes the shtick — never mind that Democrats are working at alleviating the symptoms while Republicans are trying to actually cure the underlying disease.

Meanwhile, while members of the Obama administration are evidently still convinced that food stamps are actually some kind of form of economic stimulus, food stamp enrollment keeps growing while the economy and employment continue to stagnate. What a bizzare correlation, no?

Food-stamp use rose 2.4% in the U.S. in May from a year earlier, with more than 15% of the U.S. population receiving benefits.

One of the federal government’s biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn’t shrinking back alongside the recovery. …

The number of recipients in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at 47.6 million, or nearly one in six Americans.


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Hey, SNAP is the bread to the presstitute organs’ circus.

Steve Eggleston on August 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Isn’t this actually one of those smaller increases that get called a cut by the lying-ass libs(like there is any other kind)?

gsherin on August 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Isn’t this actually one of those smaller increases that get called a cut by the lying-ass libs(like there is any other kind)?

gsherin on August 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I do believe so.

Steve Eggleston on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Free stuff is a powerful drug…sushi and lobster for everyone.

d1carter on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The number of recipients in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at 47.6 million, or nearly one in six Americans.

That’s technically the number of SNAP cards sent out with unique names on them. Because many of the grifters qualify under different names for multiple cards, many grifters sell their cards for cash to buy strippers and drugs and whatnot, we really have no idea how many people are eating with SNAP.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Get rid of the entire program.

It’s a shame that the US hands out food. Communist countries never do.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Meanwhile, while members of the Obama administration are evidently still convinced that food stamps are actually some kind of form of economic stimulus, food stamp enrollment keeps growing while the economy and employment continue to stagnate.

Well, since you can buy booze and cheap hookers with SNAP cards, that’s what I call….stimulating….

powerpickle on August 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Why work or why work so hard…?

Many would have to ask.

CW on August 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Free stuff is a powerful drug…sushi and lobster for everyone.

d1carter on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Specially for the beach bums of the world. Can’t even catch those lobsters himself. Of course he can’t make a living catching and selling those lobsters either; it’s too hard. I need to buy those lobsters with my SNAP card

skeeterbite on August 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Hey, this is a serious issue. There are non-working surfers in California depending on SNAP for their free lobster.

parke on August 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Hey, this is a serious issue. There are non-working surfers in California depending on SNAP for their free lobster.

parke on August 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Let them eat kemp.

Steve Eggleston on August 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

If you always capitulate, your opponents will always expect you to capitulate. Shocking.

besser tot als rot on August 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

lobster for everyone.

d1carter on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I have a relative(not related by blood) who for no reason was able to obtain food stamps ….and yes I know they were used for lobster. The joke is on the tax payer. This crap happens a lot more than you think.

CW on August 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

House Democrats are pressing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to back a robust food stamp program or risk a spike in hunger nationwide.

I thought we were an obese nation. Maybe we should have some hunger.

rbj on August 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Get rid of the entire program.

It’s a shame that the US hands out food. Communist countries never do.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

No wonder most liberals are convinced conservatives want the poor to starve.

Don’t forget that tax cut for that “job creator” while you are at it.

loveofcountry on August 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

If you always capitulate, your opponents will always expect you to capitulate. Shocking.

besser tot als rot on August 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

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Steve Eggleston on August 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Kemp, kelp; what difference at this point does a letter make?

Steve Eggleston on August 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

From Frank Rich (!!!):

Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment.

The Stench of the Potomac

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

A couple of months ago, I was in line at my local wholesale club behinds a couple of EBT folks. They had a beautiful rack of ribs and other food items I couldn’t begin to afford. I know they paid by EBT because the cashier had to explain that they toy they were buying couldn’t be put on their EBT card. When I got out on the parking lot, guess what they were loading their groceries into: a new BMW.

True story, me in Harford County, Maryland

Laura in Maryland on August 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Here’s my proposal for food stamp reform:

if the cashier ringing up can’t afford it, then EBT won’t allow it.

Laura in Maryland on August 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I have a relative(not related by blood) who for no reason was able to obtain food stamps ….and yes I know they were used for lobster. The joke is on the tax payer. This crap happens a lot more than you think.

CW on August 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I know a couple who are not married that both get SNAP. They each have a card that gets filled every month. When one runs out they use the other until it is gone. And yes I have personally heard them say that they buy Lobster, crab legs, etc. with the cards until they run out.

He is on State Aid because he has COPD and has breathing problems. She gets Aid because she is/was an addict. They both get SNAP because they are not married and they don’t report “living together”. They eat better than I do with 2 full time incomes coming in.

Johnnyreb on August 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

And here comes the almighty uproar I predicted earlier this month, wherein House Democrats rage against Republicans’ obviously heartless proposal that ventures to cut the national food-stamp program by an utterly draconian five percent
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Sounds like ObamaLowInfoVoterBots are goona have an Insurrection!

Or Not!

canopfor on August 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Meanwhile, while members of the Obama administration are evidently still convinced that food stamps are actually some kind of form of economic stimulus,
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Oh ya,if your reality, resides in the LeftyMindSet!!

canopfor on August 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I thought we were an obese nation. Maybe we should have some hunger.

rbj on August 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

How about no food stamps for anyone with a BMI over 25?

Maybe one way of saving money would be to only allow food stamps to be used for certain types of relatively cheap food, such as grains, bread, pasta, veggies, and possibly chicken. No seafood, beef, or sweets, or prepared foods. If food-stamp recipients aren’t working, they have lots of time to cook.

Steve Z on August 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

It should be cut by 50% of current levels. Holy Geeeesh.

rjoco1 on August 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

If food-stamp recipients aren’t working, they have lots of time to cook.

Steve Z on August 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

A-freakin-men, brother

Laura in Maryland on August 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

How about tying SNAP reimbursements to grocery stores to verifying a photo ID and not letting EBTs be accepted at kiosks? How about incentives for states to limit the replacement of lost EBT cards without a police report?

The EBT was supposed to be more fraud-proof than physical stamps. However, now grocery kiosks don’t care if “Mai Ling Tran” is a six-foot-tall white guy.

Sekhmet on August 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I think the program was meant to feed the needy AND get rid of surplus agricultural products that the government bought to support farm prices (that’s why it is under the USDA umbrella and not the welfare agency HSS). We long ago expanded the list of available foods and switched to the EBT card so as not to embarrass the users that used to have to deal with paper coupons.

A few months ago the USDA announced plans to tighten up fraud prevention, saying they were trying to “stay ahead of the curve”. I laughed because they may think they are ahead of the curve but don’t realize that they have already been “lapped” several times.

A few months ago Wisconsin tried to limit the eligible foods. Like any entitlement program, it was obvious that “you can’t go back”. The howls were loud (but we’re used to that).

Get the program under HSS so we can get a better idea of the cost of welfare in this country.

teejk on August 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Yes, I’m sure the poor in the country are in danger of starving when our poorest citizens are so often our heaviest.

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CurtZHP on August 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Food Stamps…. the rations of slavery — hay for human cattle. There’s only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I think the program was meant to feed the needy AND get rid of surplus agricultural products that the government bought to support farm prices
teejk on August 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

True for the most part. The original plan though was simply a 50% discount on food to help sell off the surplus farmers’ product.

CW on August 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Here in the lovely sanctuary state of Massachusetts, the cops have been picking up drug dealers and drunken drivers with multiple EBT cards (which are SNAP benefits to be used at ANY ATM the user wants for ANY item the user wants, but I digress), it turns out these “poor” folks figured out nobody was checking up on the applications … so they go back for *another* card with, ahem, minimal questions asked … and another … its as if the government employees are striving to sign up as many people as possible, fraudulently or not. Not sure how we got here, but I have to say this is NOT going to end well for anybody.

drewinmass on August 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Why don’t the Democrats just make everybody millionaires? Just get it over with. Hand out those Obamabucks!

Decoski on August 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Here in the lovely sanctuary state of Massachusetts, the cops have been picking up drug dealers and drunken drivers with multiple EBT cards (which are SNAP benefits to be used at ANY ATM the user wants for ANY item the user wants, but I digress), it turns out these “poor” folks figured out nobody was checking up on the applications … so they go back for *another* card with, ahem, minimal questions asked … and another … its as if the government employees are striving to sign up as many people as possible, fraudulently or not. Not sure how we got here, but I have to say this is NOT going to end well for anybody.

drewinmass on August 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

People with multiple cards is a real problem in state-border cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, etc. In fact the same places you find vote fraud, you will also find SNAP fraud. Funny that.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I see a pattern with Boehner/Cantor/McCarthy and the other House RINOS. The Administration or the Dems come out with an issue, the Obama helpers protest and then cave. Rinse & repeat. They have been doing this since the 2010 elections.

Put a sock in it Demlites.

bluefox on August 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Free stuff is a powerful drug…sushi and lobster for everyone.

d1carter on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

…you guys are forgetting about Mooch!

KOOLAID2 on August 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Free stuff is a powerful drug…sushi and lobster for everyone.

d1carter on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

…you guys are forgetting about Mooch!

KOOLAID2 on August 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Are you suggesting that if Mooch thinks the SNAP’ers are going to eat all the Lobshter, that the REB might do something about the abuse? Interesting angle.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM

I’ll bet Jason Rattlife is appalled at the thought of these cuts if he’s even aware they’re pending. Surf’s up, dude. I’ll bet, too, that his parents pay him to stay away.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM

The Rattlife story should be mandatory for the dems in congress. They help pay for his life style, too.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The Republicans should be asking why such high levels of Food Stamps are still needed if the economy is recovering like Obama contends.

brainy435 on August 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I’m ready for America 2.0.

Chris of Rights on August 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM