Thank God for the Wall Street Journal:
The Obama administration is far more enthusiastic about boosting food-stamp enrollment than about preventing fraud. Thanks in part to vigorous federally funded campaigns by nonprofit groups, the government’s AmericaCorps service program, and other organizations urging people to accept government handouts, the number of food-stamp recipients has soared to 44 million from 26 million in 2007, and costs have more than doubled to $77 billion from $33 billion.
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service now has only 40 inspectors to oversee almost 200,000 merchants that accept food stamps nationwide. The Government Accountability Office reported last summer that retailers who traffic illegally in food stamps by redeeming stamps for cash or alcohol or other prohibited items “are less likely to face criminal penalties or prosecution” than in earlier years.
It seems the WSJ is all for government regulation when it is the neediest people who stand to be regulated.
James Bovard is right about one thing though. It is widespread fraud that has caused the food stamp rolls to increase. It seems that the economy started tanking about five years ago because some dudes and dudettes on Wall Street thought that selling crappy collateralized debt obligations, buying credit default swaps on them and getting the whole thing rated AAA by the “independent” rating agencies that did their bidding was a perfectly legit business practice.
I suppose the fact that 44 million Americans are on food stamps has nothing to do with the economy that was sabotaged by these financial terrorists . I suppose all of the deregulation of the financial sector that the Wall Street Journal so faithfully supported, and continues to support, has nothing to do with this either.
Nope, just 44 million lazy, corrupt Americans who have been enabled by the Obama Administration. We all remember how these shadowy food stamp recipients formed PACs to funnel money into Obama’s 2008 election bid.
Good thing we have the Wall Street Journal reporting on the true corruption that is out there:
• Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that Wisconsin food-stamp recipients routinely sell their benefit cards on Facebook. The investigation also found that “nearly 2,000 recipients claimed they lost their card six or more times in 2010 and requested replacements.” USDA rules require that lost cards be speedily replaced. The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute concluded: “Prosecutors have simply stopped prosecuting the vast majority of [food-stamp] fraud cases in virtually all counties, including the one with the most recipients, Milwaukee.”
• Troy Hutson, the chief of Washington state’s food-stamp program, resigned in April after a Seattle television station revealed that some food-stamp recipients were selling their cards on Craigslist or brazenly cashing them out on street corners (for 50 cents on the dollar) and using the proceeds for illegal drugs and prostitution. Washington state Sen. Mike Carrell complained: “Dozens of workers at DSHS [the Department of Social and Health Services] have reported numerous unpunished cases of fraud to me. They have told me that DSHS management has allowed these things to happen, and in some cases actively restricted fraud investigations.”
• Thirty percent of the inmates in the Polk County, Iowa, jail were collecting food stamps that were being sent to their non-jail mailing addresses in 2009. But Iowa could not prosecute them for fraud because the state’s food-stamp form failed to ask applicants whether they were heading for the slammer. Roger Munns, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Human Services, told the Des Moines Register last year that asking such questions could make food-stamp applications “unwieldy.” (Many states do make such inquiries.)
Shit, with all of this leeway, who wouldn’t want to be on food stamps and/or incarcerated?
And just in case you don’t believe him, James Brovard provides real photographic proof of this corruption in action. It is quite shocking:
Notice the designer dress and finely-groomed poodle, no doubt all paid for in food stamps. Are those cans of dog food on the check out counter?
Also notice how she is using an actual food stamp instead of the electronic swipe card that is more commonly used today. This must make it easier for her to hide her ill-gotten gains. I’m pretty sure that is an unmarked food stamp.
This woman is pretty overweight to boot. Bovard continues:
• Perhaps the biggest fraud of all is the notion, which the USDA has been touting lately, that the food-stamp program is a nutrition program. (The program’s name was formally changed in the 2008 farm bill to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—SNAP—to make it sound more wholesome and attractive.) What is really does is boost caloric intake, which is why numerous studies (including a 2009 Ohio State University report) link food stamps to the worsening obesity epidemic among low-income Americans.
Of course! That is why Americans are so fat. It’s not the fast food we eat, it’s the fast food stamp that the government gives out like Pez, which is also fattening by the way.
Seeing as how food stamps are meant to provide food and all, it seems the people who use them should see a net gain in caloric intake. Maybe James Bovard would feel better if everyone on food stamps was starving?
Leave it to the Wall Street Journal to speak lies to the powerless. I don’t know whether to laugh at such Ayn Randian idiocy or vomit.