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The House Defunds Food Stamps While 101 Million Depend on Them

(Susanne Posel)   The House of Representatives have moved to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over a decade with the purpose of reforming welfare in the US.

According to statistics, 26 million 18 – 64 year old Americans are below the poverty line with 15 million not returning to work in the same year.

The question being posed in mainstream media (MSM) is whether or not this phenomenon is a product of the failing US economy or personal choices?

By suggesting that jobless Americans are impoverished by choice is a move away from the actual problem. In fact, based on census data, Lawrence Mead, professor at New York University and champion of welfare reform said that “only a small percentage of impoverished adults actually say it’s because they can’t find employment.”

Those members of the House that are pushing for SNAP cuts are also receiving bribe money from Big Agra. This includes:

• Robert Aderholt
• Stephen Fincher
• Vicky Hartzler
• John Kline
• Doug LaMalfa
• Frank Lucas
• Randy Neugebauer
• Kristi Noem
• Marlin Stutzman
• Mac Thornberry

Commenting on the SNAP cuts, Stutzman said: “In the real world, we measure success by results. It’s time for Washington to measure success by how many families are lifted out of poverty and helped back on their feet, not by how much Washington bureaucrats spend year after year.”

Statistical data shows that 48.7% of recipients of SNAP are children .

Fincher, who has taken money from farm subsidies, told Congress that “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Stutzman claims that the cuts to SNAP “eliminates loopholes, ensures work requirements, and puts us on a fiscally responsible path.”

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report stating that that 101,000,000 Americans are on the SNAP in the domestic US at a cost of $114 billion annually as of 2012.

For perspective, the number of US citizens receiving food stamps surpasses the number of employed workers in the private sector.

The Bureau of Labor (BoL) statistical data shows that in 2012 an estimated 97,180,000 full – time workers were accounted for.

The USDA said that the surge of Americans accepting SNAP benefits is at a “historically high figure that has risen with the economic downturn.”

The USDA Food Nutrition Service (FNS) preformed an audit that revealed American families are combining benefits from multiple federal agencies such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the Summer Food Service (SFS); and the Special Milk Program (SMP) to help them meet their nutritional needs.

The audit points out: “With the growing rate of food insecurity among U.S. households and significant pressures on the Federal budget, it is important to understand how food assistance programs complement one another as a safety net, and how services from these 15 individual programs may be inefficient, due to overlap and duplication.”

Shockingly, “food-stamp use rose 2.8% in the U.S. in April from a year earlier, with more than 15% of the U.S. population receiving benefits.”

This story was first see on Occupy Corporatism