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Don’t Forget the Other
Entitlement Monsters

Frontpage Magazine, by Bruce Thornton

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 11/11/2013 12:24:05 AM

The continuing attention devoted to the blunders, incompetence, and lies surrounding the Obamacare rollout is much deserved. But we shouldn’t forget that the President’s health-care monstrosity is merely the latest and biggest of scores of government entitlement programs suffering from the same flawed progressive assumption––that government “experts” armed with coercive power alone can solve problems better left to the states, civil society, and the free market. In reality, such programs relentlessly metastasize, increasing as well fraud, waste, abuse, and costs. One such program is SNAP, the kinder and gentler name for what we used to call food stamps. Apparently the

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I can easily name relatives who are scamming the system. When there is no self-pride in getting what one has earned, and instead aims for what he thinks he deserves, then the recipient starts "spiting" the hand that feeds it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/11/2013 12:53:35 AM     (No. 9607326)

What is with the ad that wants US to tell Zippy we have his back ?

These articles never talk about seniors living below the poverty level and how little, if any, help they receive. Or people with cancer or other critical illnesses and how hard it is for them to get anything, including disability.

How many immigrants with a zillion kids do you see on food assistance ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Elvira, 11/11/2013 1:31:01 AM     (No. 9607347)

MUST READ, please.

I was injured on the job 5 years ago. Not to make a sib story, had 3 back surgeries and am still in pain everyday day. Still fighting with DOL to get my benefits that I NEVER EVEN WANTED TO BE HERE FOR!! Yet it seems every "somebody" who asks gets benefits. But, I, who have been "working" according to the government since I was 14 have to fight, write and appeal for what I am supposed to be "entitled" to after being injured at work. I didn´t ask for this, I´d rather have MY LIFE BACK! It just burns me that I spent most of my childhood helping my family get by, the rest if my life getting ahead, and someone can cross the border and get benefits I´VE PAID FOR all my life!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/11/2013 2:48:54 AM     (No. 9607360)

With a couple exceptions,gov´t programs aren´t designed to help white people because they already benefit from skin privilege. They figure you have some filthy rich relative that can help you out. Plus they don´t know for sure that a white welfare person will vote dem for sure,unlike other people.

Gov´t programs also provide an excuse to hire thousands of union dues paying,gov´t workers.

I read an article a couple years ago that said Head Start money was being used to teach adult illegals how to read and write English.There´s a lot of programs like Head Start that start out as innocent looking ones that eventually get co-opted by the bureaucracy to create sprawl or mission creep.

Obamacare navigation jobs should have had an equal opportunity for anybody to apply for the jobs but instead Obama handpicked devoted leftists to do the job..They didn´t want any right wingers in there to spoil the soup.Nobody from ACORN,the NAACP or Seiu worker is going to run to the media about how corrupt the system is.There´s a huge code of silence buried in all scammed government benefits.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mws50, 11/11/2013 5:19:23 AM     (No. 9607395)

When codified in our law, all Utopian fantasies of the democrats fail. Democrats are just not smart enough to know they fail because they are Utopian fantasies, they continue to "think" their programs fail due to "interference" or not funding them properly.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Elvira, 11/11/2013 6:19:44 AM     (No. 9607425)

I, as an official L-Dotter, do hereby nominate Poster #3 as a candidate for "Post of the Year 2013". Bravo, sir (I think), Bravo!! ;-D

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Reply 6 - Posted by: saguni, 11/11/2013 11:07:51 AM     (No. 9607845)

FTA: Like Obamacare, the SNAP program takes a small problem that in the past was addressed by churches, families, mutual aid societies, and fraternal organizations, inflates it into a crisis by hyperbolic rhetoric...

Uh, no! Before SNAP (or rather Food Stamps) there were "commodities". When I was 16 and very proud of my drivers´ license, my mother would send me to drive my "poor" cousin to the country fair barn to pick up her commodities. She would get a box filled with flour, cornmeal, rice, beans, powdered milk, a bottle of corn syrup, oatmeal, canned meat, (real) butter, and cheese (and probably more I don´t remember) for herself and two daughters.

But outside the door was a big dumpster where almost everything except the butter and cheese was tossed by people who were supposedly starving.

There has always been "waste and fraud" by people who feel "entitled" to what others have worked for. At least, the commodities were (advertised as) "surplus" from crops that produced more than expected. I think church sponsored food banks are probably the most efficient method of getting food to hungry people...and they are more adept at spotting the fraudsters.

Maybe SNAP should be limited to the types of food in the commodities system?
If they are poor, they don´t have a job 8 hours a day and have time to cook from scratch.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jerseytomato, 12/28/2013 7:02:37 AM     (No. 9670550)

FYI: Here´s a little info on the SNAP program.

A friend manages a local grocery store in here in NJ. SNAP swipe cards aren´t used for just food. They can be used to purchase gasoline, liquor, crack, etc. The card holder can withdraw up to one hundred dollars in cash, per transaction.

My friend said that illegals are the biggest abusers of this system - that illegals are easy to identify because they do not speak English. Weekly, they will do a three hundred to four hundred dollar shopping, paying with their SNAP card, followed by a second shopping of four to five hundred dollars, paying with cash. Lobster, fillet, and shrimp are just a few of the items we taxpayers provide - year round. There are no purchase restrictions, as found with the WIC program. Cashiers are not even allowed to ask for ID, from a SNAP card holder.

After the computer prints the shopping receipt, the computer prints a one to two inch receipt showing the balance left on the SNAP card. He said the balances are staggering, and that he has yet to see a SNAP card holder present a single coupon.

Those who benefit from the SNAP program are unwed mothers, illegals, and hurricane victims. Senior citizens are rarely given any assistance via the SNAP program.

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