The Crushing Cost of "Free" Food

Michael Medved

4/24/2012 5:59:37 PM - Michael Medved

A recent report shows nearly one in six Americans depending on federal money through the food stamps program, while costs of the giveaway more than doubled in the last four years. In part, that’s because the Obama administration loosened restrictions and boosted benefits as part of its so-called “stimulus” package.


It’s illogical to think subsidized meals stimulate economic growth, and even more illogical to suggest hungry families must rely on far-away Washington instead of local or state programs, not to mention private charities. Moreover, current costs for the food stamp program--$72 billion a year—exceed the most optimistic estimates of all new funds the president seeks by hiking taxes on the rich.


Inevitably, the middle class must help pay the bills, with higher taxes or deepening debt, for their neighbors’ food entitlements—which now include fast food like pizza, hot dogs and French fries!