The Republicans are never worried about paying for their own programs, but then scream about the mountain of debt whenever Democratic solutions are brought to bear. The food stamp program isn't a major source driving our debt. Undoubtedly some social programs need reform and modernization, but there is overwhelming support for them across the country. And we are better off if we can change the parts of these programs that don't work, so that we can provide a path from poverty back to economic productivity. It's not a question of whether we spend money on the poorest in society, it's a question of whether we want to pay through social programming, or pay through economic loss and incarceration. The former offers more success.
Under President Obama the participation rate in the food stamp program has skyrocketed—one in seven Americans now receives food stamps. To keep up with the demands of the burgeoning program, spending has thus “doubled from roughly $39 billion in 2008 to an estimated $85 billion in 2012,” and nearly quadrupled since 2000. According to Heritage, “Today, the food stamps program is one of the largest and the fastest growing of the roughly 80 welfare programs funded by the federal government.” With that said, brace yourself for Breitbart’s findings: “The number of individuals on food stamps now exceeds the...
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