It seems like a liberal's best friend is a bad economy. After all, when things aren't going well, it's the perfect time for government to step in, take more of our money, and "fix" things. Right? Now, not only are more than one in seven Americans on food stamps, but Obama wants more people to enroll. Go figure!
That's right... more than one in seven Americans are on food stamps. Think about that for a moment. Now consider the fact that millions are being spent by the Obama administration to advertise and encourage more people to sign up.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics.
The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area.
"Research has shown that many people -- particularly underserved seniors, working poor, and legal immigrants -- do not understand the requirements of the program," said Kevin Concannon, a USDA under secretary.
So, let's get this straight.... millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on a program that the targeted audience is currently doing without. They are getting by without becoming part of the governmental machine that loves to lure people in and keep them in need forever.
Some 46.4 million people are in the food stamps program, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. That's just a touch below the record high hit in January.
Still, more than one in four Americans eligible for food stamps do not participate, according to USDA records.
And the rate is much lower among the the elderly and people just above the poverty line. Nearly two-thirds of folks in these categories aren't enrolled.
When you consider Obama's plans for health care, housing, student loans, food stamps, and more... it's not too surprising that today's youth are expecting the government to "give them" a job.