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Food Stamp Fraud and Twinkies

Ron398 Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 10:47 AM
Then, again, there are those "hidden" costs that aren't easily tracked. I personally know a young couple who receive assistance and who have talked about all the recent "stuff" they've gotten - new Xbox; new tats; massage sessions; how ofte they go to eat; the movies they go to. Of course, all this is bought with his miniscule paycheck from his low end jobs. begs the question - do they really need welfare assistance?

The federal food stamp program—now called SNAP—is attracting a lot of media coverage. One reason for this is that the program’s costs have exploded—spending more than quadrupled during the Bush-Obama years to $82 billion in 2013 (see here and here p. 16). The Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations all took steps to loosen the purse strings on food stamp eligibility, and those changes have led to the ballooning costs of recent years during the stagnant economy.

Aside from the rising costs, two other...