One thing Obama has done well!

Josh_R

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Getting people ON TO food stamps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...d-stamps-because-government-getting-word-out/

Vilsack: More People Using Food Stamps Because Government 'Getting the Word Out' Better
Published August 16, 2011

AP
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the reason so many people are on food stamps is the administration has done a better job helping states get "the word out" about the decades-old program.
Though food stamps date back to 1939, Vilsack said in an interview that several large states, like California and Texas, had "underperformed" in connecting eligible Americans with the program. Times have changed, he claimed.

"The reason why these number have gone up is that we've done a pretty good job of working with states that had done a poor job in the past in getting the word out about this program," he told MSNBC. "We're now working with them to make sure that people who are eligible get the benefits."

The number of people on food stamps has been growing to record levels for 30 straight months. The latest report from the Agriculture Department showed nearly 46 million people -- or one in seven Americans -- were enrolled as of May in what's formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The numbers are not just a reflection of better advertising. As the Agriculture Department has acknowledged before, they are a sign of the economic times -- with high unemployment forcing people to apply for government help to feed their families.
But Vilsack looked on the bright side, claiming the food stamps at least have a stimulative effect, by pumping money into the economy in the same way as unemployment benefits.
"It's the most direct stimulus you can get into the economy during tough times," Vilsack said, claiming every dollar in food stamp spending generates $1.84 in economic activity. The total cost of the program in May was over $6 billion -- if Vilsack's theory holds, that's $11 billion in extra economic activity.
Vilsack joined President Obama in Iowa on Tuesday to talk about the economy in rural America.
He claimed in an interview Monday that Obama was coming to Iowa -- as well as Minnesota and Illinois -- to "spotlight" part of the country that gets overlooked despite its robust military service.
"Sixteen percent of America's population, but 44 percent of America's military. ... This is the heart and soul of America," Vilsack told CNN. "And it's important for us to put the focus on jobs in rural America."
So it's a good thing that more people are living off the government? I'm confused.

Oh wait, no I'm not because I am not a retard. If these idiots believe that food stamps have a stimulative effect (which they don't), why not put every American on them and solve the economic crisis right away? By this logic, taking money from people, funneling it through Washington bureaucracies, and then giving it to people to spend somehow creates more money than you started with. If this is true, then the only responsible thing to do is take ALL of EVERYONE'S money, then pass it back out to them. We would nearly double the GDP overnight ($1 of food stamps "creates" $1.84 in the economy, therefore our $14 trillion GDP would magically become about $25 trillion). Where is my Nobel Prize for economics?
 

CousinDave

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just another example of corporate welfare

ADM, Conagra, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway, etc...
 

whiskeyguy

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Where is my Nobel Prize...?
They gave it to Obama.


This is so fucking stupid. So they go to people who are getting by somehow on their own two feet, and basically tell them they don't need to. Still waiting for the day when the IRS calls me up and explains all the loopholes I've been missing out on.
 

Owenay

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Oh wait, no I'm not because I am not a retard. If these idiots believe that food stamps have a stimulative effect (which they don't), why not put every American on them and solve the economic crisis right away? By this logic, taking money from people, funneling it through Washington bureaucracies, and then giving it to people to spend somehow creates more money than you started with. If this is true, then the only responsible thing to do is take ALL of EVERYONE'S money, then pass it back out to them. We would nearly double the GDP overnight ($1 of food stamps "creates" $1.84 in the economy, therefore our $14 trillion GDP would magically become about $25 trillion).
 
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So it's a good thing that more people are living off the government? I'm confused.
No need to be confused anymore. If you read John Holdrens book Ecoscience you will see the goal is to get everyone on government assistance.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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No need to be confused anymore. If you read John Holdrens book Ecoscience you will see the goal is to get everyone on government assistance.
Where did Mr Holdren get the flux capacitor and will we have flying cars in three years?
 

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No need to be confused anymore. If you read John Holdrens book Ecoscience you will see the goal is to get everyone on government assistance.
Kirk, complete honesty... did you read Holdren's book, or just infowar's cliff notes?

I'm not saying it doesn't have fucked up shit in it (I don't know but can imagine)... I just can't see you reading a 1000+ page book.
 
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Kirk, complete honesty... did you read Holdren's book, or just infowar's cliff notes?

I'm not saying it doesn't have fucked up shit in it (I don't know but can imagine)... I just can't see you reading a 1000+ page book.
I thought you were going somewhere else with this, and it made me fucking laugh. Nice job. :haha7:
 

Josh_R

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They gave it to Obama.


This is so fucking stupid. So they go to people who are getting by somehow on their own two feet, and basically tell them they don't need to. Still waiting for the day when the IRS calls me up and explains all the loopholes I've been missing out on.
LOL. Yeah, I can't imagine they went to homeless shelters and found starving people who just didn't know there were food stamps available. It was probably people who were already at the office picking up whatever other government checks they are "entitled" to, and the helpful bureaucrat says "you know you are also eligible for food stamps, right?".
 

CousinDave

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LOL. Yeah, I can't imagine they went to homeless shelters and found starving people who just didn't know there were food stamps available. It was probably people who were already at the office picking up whatever other government checks they are "entitled" to, and the helpful bureaucrat says "you know you are also eligible for food stamps, right?".

No they advertised on TV to middle class people telling them that they too are eligible