The federal government spent $100 billion providing food assistance to Americans last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The lion’s share of spending comes from the food stamp program, which gave benefits to an average 46 million Americans in 2014, at a cost of $74.6 billion, according to a testimony from the GAO’s Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security Kay E. Brown before the House Subcommittee on Nutrition Wednesday.
These are record numbers and are increasing. In a strong economy, like we have been told exists, these numbers should be decreasing.
At a time when 8.5 million Americans still don't have jobs, some 40 percent have given up even looking.
The revelation, contained in a new survey Wednesday showing how much work needs to be done yet in the U.S. labor market, comes as the labor force participation rate remains mired near 37-year lows.
Yet we are being told the economy is improving and the unemployment rate is decreasing. If this were true, these numbers would have shown sharp improvement. They have not improved and show no sign of improving.
The federal debt is $18.3 trillion and climbing rapidly and yet the Obama, Hillary, and the other Marxist/Progressives can only talk about how to spend more money. They say throw more money at a failing education (indoctrination) system, throw more money at failing cities and increase all safety net (share the wealth) programs. Many states have fallen into this same scenario. Six years after the recession ended, many U.S. states are hard pressed to balance budgets because of a sluggish recovery and their own policy decisions. The fiscal fragility raises questions about how they will weather the next economic downturn.
A majority of states are making cuts, tapping reserves or facing shortfalls despite an improving national economy and stock markets at record levels, according to Standard & Poors and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. State revenue hasn’t rebounded to a prerecession peak adjusted for inflation, and other factors are putting pressure on budgets.
People ask, what are we to do? The answer is so simple. We should reverse policy and follow the roads chosen by our founders. Cut government and return to a true limited government. Immediately eliminate non-constitutional departments like Education and the HHR to start. Eliminate the IRS and rewrite the tax code. Eliminate all regulations that prohibit the free enterprise system from functioning. Listen to the founders when they told us, “Democracy will cease to exist if you take from those who would work and give to those who would not.” With the free enterprise system operating at its full capacity, there will be no need for the Marxist safety net system. A job with a paycheck is always better than a welfare check. We would see inner city strife reduced to a point where it is non-existent. A person working and providing for his family has always been a better citizen than has a welfare recipient.
The reason the Marxist/Progressives fight that idea is because they lose votes and control of those individuals. The Marxist system is doomed to failure in a thriving free enterprise system. This is why Marx called free enterprise evil. This is why he said people must be rewarded based on need and not production. This is why Obama, Hillary, and the other Marxist/Progressives insist on continuing down the road that will destroy democracy and bring about the Marxist totalitarian state they desire.