Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Climb on Board the Gravy Train

Your taxes are paying for TV ads and parties encouraging more people to go on food stamps

“While spending on the food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama, the government continues to push more Americans to enroll in the welfare program…  A pamphlet currently posted at the USDA website encourages local SNAP offices to throw parties as one way to get potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the program…The ads have been running since March and are scheduled to continue through the end of June — at a cost of $2.5 million — $3 million, CNN Money reported Monday.” Read more here

And winning a couple of million dollars need not stand in your way

“Leroy Fick [sic] won the $2 million jackpot in the 'Make Me Rich!' contest in June. Despite receiving about $850,000 in winnings, the Auburn resident is still using his Michigan Bridge Card, an electronic version of food stamps…department spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said that, under federal guidelines, if a person receives a lump-sum payment, the winnings are not counted as income. The money is considered income if the person receives regular, ongoing payments.”  Read more here

But even those who don’t qualify for food stamps can get still their slice of taxpayer pie.
For example:

“Tax cheats were given $1.4 billion in government-backed mortgage loans under President Obama’s economic stimulus, and the government doled out at least an additional $27 million in tax credits to delinquents who took the first-time-homebuyer tax break, according to a government audit released Wednesday.” Read more here

Do you ever get the uneasy feeling that we deserve what's coming?

1 comment:

  1. Sobering. "Self-governed" people would choose NOT to use their food stamps even if they are eligible for them. Please!