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ELDER PATRIOT – CNN’s Alisyn Camerota was interviewing Rep. Steve King (R-IA) about his proposal to allocate $1.6 billion for the border by taking it from the $80 billion federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. That’s food stamps, folks.
King discussed taking money from Planned Parenthood that would cover approximately a third of the $1.6 billion “and the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.”
“We’ve got to put America back to work. This administration will do it.”
That’s when Camerota resorted to the tiresome refrain that Marxists used to get us into this financial mess in the first place:
“You want to take food from people who are the people who are on the lowest rung in terms of the nation’s safety net, and their children — in terms of food stamps, you’re happy to take — you’re willing to take money from them to build the $1.6 — or to give the $1.6 billion for the border wall?”
Is that the best you can do Alisyn? You spent the last eight years chronicling Obama’s “amazing” economic recovery all the time ignoring the growth of the SNAP program both in terms of participants and costs.
There has been a 150% increase in the number of participants who qualify as poor enough to require nutritional assistance since Obama first took office – from 19 million participants in 2009 to 47 million participants at the end of 2016.
There is also the costs attendant to servicing all of those extra “needy” people that doubled during Obama’s economic “recovery.”
What Marxist propagandists like Camerota deliberately avoid discussing is that the cause of the growing class of indigent Americans is our open borders policies that has resulting in the displacement of American-born workers by the growing immigrant community that are happy to work for the federal minimum wage.
Compounding that is that Americans who are living on welfare, food stamps, housing assistance, etc., have no incentive to return to work because they will have to take what amounts to a “pay” cut.
So King is trying to address how we get these physically capable laborers to start moving back to work if we can’t limit foreign competition, and federal funding increases the incentive not to work?
And, Camerota wants to pull at Americans’ heartstrings by asking King is he doesn’t think all 47 million of the SNAP recipients don’t need it.
I can answer that without King’s help. For the first two centuries of our nation’s history we didn’t have food stamps and families organized their living arrangements according to their ability to earn money. It was a time when able-bodied men were expected to work.
In some cases two or more families lived together to share expenses to make ends meet. Women took in odd jobs like doing the laundry or cleaning the homes of more well off neighbors. They did sewing and cooking if they had the necessary skills to earn a few dollars doing that.
In our own family my in-laws worked three jobs so that they could cover the cost of their 800 square foot home and raise their two children. As a result their children learned the value of hard work and self-reliance. I doubt that those lessons would have been learned had my wife’s parents simply been able to sit at home and been paid for doing it.
The proof of that contention is the generations of welfare recipients who have been provided the incentive not to work. Frankly, except for the lessons their children learned from such wonderful role models, they lived no better than those living on public assistance do now.
Well, that’s not entirely true. They lived among like-minded Americans, many of who were returning WWII veterans and virtually no crimes were perpetrated in their community.
So King is proposing that a mere 2% of SNAP’s overall budget – a budget that more than doubled over the past 8 years – would start the process of incentivizing at least a small portion of people to return to work.
And, by using the savings to build the wall we can limit the flow of immigrants into our country so that there would be more available employment opportunities for able-bodied low-skilled workers.
The argument that these are jobs that Americans won’t stand the truth test once these people are once again given the incentive to work.
For proof just look at all of the over-65 crowd collecting Social Security who are working because – irrespective of the fact that they actually paid into the federal retirement plan – they only receive monthly checks that average about a third of what many welfare recipients (who never paid any federal income taxes) receive.
It’s well past time that we end the lie that Americans won’t do certain work and get back to the days when every working person was afforded the self-respect that they earned through their efforts.