SNAP Ends Mexican Advertising

SNAP Ends Mexican Advertising — The 2002 Farm Bill signed by President George W. Bush expanded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) i.e. “food stamps” to non-citizens. His administration then agreed as part of a trade deal with Mexico to advertise this perk in that nation which ended up including radio and TV advertising.

No comprende? What did he say?

That’s right, our government was on Mexican radio telling Mexicans how to get U.S. taxpayer-provided freebies.

SNAP Ends Mexican Advertising
Si senor, Fritos can be bought with food stamps.

By the way these freebies don’t just include bulk grains, fresh veggies and cooking oil but things like Pepsi and Coke, Oreos and Fritos.

The service was expanded again in 2008, again signed by Dubya, and later expanded (naturally) by President Obama.

The 2014 Farm Bill passed by the Tea Party-influenced, Republican-controlled Congress put restrictions on government advertising SNAP on television and radio. This included broadcasting in Mexico.

Well heavens-to-Betsy, it is being reported that after more than a year the Agriculture Department is finally implementing this law.

Wonder if a certain political campaign might have set a little fire under their tails to finally act.

And how did this policy ever get implemented in the first place?

Note: the U.S. in 2014 budgeted $756 billion for food stamps and nutrition.

And you really think President Trump is going to have a problem cutting our deficit?

SNAP Ends Mexican Advertising

Irony Lesson

This lesson in irony is courtesy of Rick Palinko Irony Lesson -- The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.  Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."  Thus ends today's lesson in irony.
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in irony.

Irony Lesson

American Poor Don’t Exist

Forbes.com is claiming   American poor don’t exist and is basing the claim on this study by the Brookings Institution.

That’s right, there is no poor in the United States. The war on poverty is over. We won.

Of course,  Brookings, a liberal-leaning think tank that is called most influential in the world,  doesn’t really say it that way. In fact, it claims that “millions of Americans live on less than $2 a day — a threshold commonly used to measure poverty.”

Forbes, however, rebuts it pointing out income, as officially defined, is a bad metric as it does not account for the various government subsidies provided such as SNAP and Section 8 housing vouchers.

More significantly, it points out that the $2 a day standard when applied to  developing countries is based on consumption, not income.

When this standard is applied to the United States, it is found that consumption is the same for those who report zero income and those who report $20 per day income — which is adjusted to account for the values of the many different currencies.

According to global standards, middle class is between a globally adjusted $12 and $50 per day.

So, yes, there is no poor in America which is something that could easily be determined by driving through the lowest-income neighborhood one can find and counting the dish antennas, window air conditioning units, cars parked on the street, and observing the absence of malnutrition among the residents.

Suffering in the United States is not caused by lack of material things. It is caused by making stupid choices and living in proximity to those who exalt in making such choices.

American Poor Don't Exist

American Poor Don’t Exist

Welfare Takers Outnumber Workers

Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis is reporting that 40 percent of the U.S. is on welfare which is more than those who are full-time employed.

The site claims that Obamacare has expanded welfare by 23 million.

The reasoning can be read here.

Hat tip Tom Coniglia

Welfare Takers Outnumber Workers

Welfare Takers Outnumber Workers

Thoughts On Secession II

It is true that if Pennsylvania should reject the existing paradigm of federal supremacy it would not have to share its natural gas revenue with places that allow world travel on welfare
 

 

But it gets even better.
It’s not called the Keystone State without a reason. New Englanders and New Yorkers have to transverse it to reach points west and south.
Without federal interference, Pennsylvania could impose a heavy toll for using I-80 while removing the toll booths on I-76. This would give the port of Philadelphia a huge competitive advantage while righteously reaping revenue from our fat-cat oppressors in New York City.
Yes, with the state on its own the typical Pennsylvanian could live a life of indulgent leisure akin to the citizens of Bahrain or Qatar.
But wouldn’t the people who live in those precincts that went 100 percent for Obama oppose such a plan? Did you miss the part about living a life of indulgent leisure?
Those former Obama-supporting Philadelphians would be able to buy Bruce Springsteen’s horse farm and hire his daughter to clean the stables leaving The Boss to wander the ruins of New Jersey mumbling pathos-invoking songs about his circumstance.
Of course they would go for it.