The Daily Caller gives an example that makes my head hurt. Did you know the USDA is actively working with the Mexican government to recruit more food stamp users? Essentially - at best - luring immigrants into this country to give them food stamp benefits?
Let that sink in for a moment. You and I probably agree that while we don't want to see Americans starve, we're troubled that in light of our record Federal deficit, the Fed.gov is giving out record amounts of the those benefits and trying to give out more.
According to the Congressional Research Service, food assistance programs expanded more than any welfare category in the previous four years — with a percentage increase largely fueled by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, which recently reached an all-time high enrollment of nearly 47 million participants.Now it's one thing to be handing out benefits to legal immigrants who come across hard times. It's another to be actively partnering with the Mexican government - meeting with them at least 151 times - to give more benefits out. We're the brokest country in the history of the world, and we're trying to find innovative ways to give away more money?
Non-citizen participation in SNAP has quadrupled since 2001 and doubled since 2008.
The US has had a law since 1965 intended to prevent immigration of people who are coming here just to get on welfare, called being a "public charge".
Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act explains that immigrants are “inadmissible” to the United States if the U.S. Attorney General or any consular officer who interacts with them determines that he or she “is likely at any time to become a public charge.”Yet this is exactly who the administration is trying to get into the country.
“I have serious concerns about this [Mexico partnership]. It defies rational thinking for the United States — now dangerously $16 trillion in debt — to partner with foreign governments to help us place more foreign nationals on American welfare, and it is contrary to good immigration policy for the United States,” Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ wrote to USDA chief Tom Vilsack in a Oct. 9 letter seeking more information about the partnership.Vilsack and the USDA did not answer that request for information. The USDA is actively fighting Americans' self-reliance to try and bolster dependence on the fed.gov food stamps. Heck, they're buying advertising time (with our money) and running commercials to recruit more people on to food stamps. There can only be one explanation: to try to increase their power over people, increase their budgets, increase their personal power at the expense of tax payers. Create more dependence on government.
In my book, that's just plain evil.
And it's adding to the mountain that needs to be torn down to get this country fiscally sound again. The Daily Caller article concludes with this quote:
Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee revealed Thursday that spending on federal welfare programs reached about $1.03 trillion in 2011. To put that number in perspective, if those programs were to be converted into cash assistance for all American households in poverty in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, those households would each have received an average of $61,194.Which would remove them from the poverty rolls - at least for one year.