We all had a good laugh over President Obama’s recent State of the Union address. Not only did he inform us of the strength of our failing military, but he tried to assert that the economy was stronger than ever.
Most of us struggling for work would disagree. But there have been some improvements under his administration, as Allen West reports:
“Yes, unemployment is lower than when Obama took office, and yes the stock market is much higher. But wages remain stagnant – and it’s not like the poor own stocks. Poverty is just one of the various problems that has been exacerbated under his administration.”
Many who are employed are underemployed, earning far less than they should. And many more are dependent on government support.
It’s no secret that food stamps, and other Welfare programs funded by the government, are a contentious issue. Billions of U.S. tax dollars go to pay for the food and needs of out-of-work people. Under the Obama administration, though, the number of people using food stamps has skyrocketed.
As Breitbart reports:
“In 2008 there were about a million [recipients] now they’re at about 4.7 million. This is the most rapid growing part of the caseload.”
And you just won’t believe where a bulk of their tax-paid food stamps are going.
“What we found was 50 percent of [food stamp recipients] smoke cigarettes regularly and those who do smoke are spending about $111 per month on cigarettes. That’s about two-thirds of their Thrifty Food [Plan] allotment — what they are supposed to spend on food.”
Food stamps, being used to buy cigarettes? Now, I know what you must be thinking: “Shouldn’t food stamps be used to buy food?” Food stamps have always been allowed to buy cigarettes, but with this growing trend among young adults to rely on the government’s teat, it’s gone up.
“Since Obama took office, there has been a 370 percent increase in able-bodied individuals receiving food stamps, cause by both an increase in poverty and relaxed eligibility requirements.” (Allen West)
Just think, your hard-earned wages are going to support a 30-something’s smoking habit. And what will happen when they develop cancer? Don’t worry, Obamacare will help cover the medical costs!
This sort of abuse can easily be remedied, by the Federal Government limiting who is eligible for food stamps and disallowing the purchase of cigarettes. But will those changes be made? Not in this Administration.