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.
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?