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It’s bad enough that the Obama administration has shattered records by spending a mind-boggling $80.4 billion to give a record number of people free groceries, now it’s dedicating millions more to crack down on fraud that includes using social media to illegally sell and buy food stamps online.
It’s an outrageous and senseless waste of taxpayer dollars to allow a government handout program to become so bloated that it requires such a huge allocation to counter corruption. Judicial Watch has reported extensively on the fraud surrounding the government’s scandal-plagued food stamp program in the last few years. Under President Obama, the food stamp rolls are busting, with a record 50 million people getting free food from Uncle Sam.
Recipients include illegal immigrants thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency that distributes food stamps, and the Mexican government. Last year JW uncovered records that show the agency has teamed up with Mexico to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program. The effort includes Spanish-language flyers at Mexican Embassies ensuring that their nationals don’t need to declare their immigration status to get financial assistance from the American government.
We have somebody getting rich
18 of the 24 states JP Morgan handles have been contracted to pay the bank up to $560,492,596.02 since 2004.
Since 2007, Florida has been contracted to pay JP Morgan $90,351,202.22.
Pennsylvania’s seven-year contract totaled $112,541,823.27.
New York’s seven-year contract totaled $126,394,917.
JP Morgan’s Food Stamp Empire
originally posted by: Jadette
The median income in the US is around 50k; someone who makes that will pay $64 in taxes for WIC, SNAP and school lunch programs. Seems to me that you have to be pretty selfish to be concerned about $64. Fraud happens, but it's a very small percentage, less than 2 percent if I remember correctly and honestly? I'd pay ten times that to ensure that no one went hungry, even if HALF of those receiving assistance were gaming the system.
We're not hunting on the savanna and living on the edge of the margin of cooperation, knowing that one person working less than at their capacity is going to cause the starvation of the group. There's more than enough to go around.
originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
Reason #32,604 why there should be no food stamps/ebt as we know it today. People are in need of assistance and I can not begrudge the ones who need it, BUT there are better ways.
For the amount of money the government spends to crack down on all of the fraudulent food stamp activity, they could just as easily open government funded food banks and allow the cards to only be used at those banks with ID. Let folks sell packages of ramen noodles if they want to. Of course some would continue to sell the "groceries", but I do feel like it would cut down on enough of it to make a difference.
It may not be the best idea out there, but it is better than continually throwing money into the wind hoping to stop something from happening just by doing it. And that is precisely what the government is doing and will continue to do. Why? Because it isn't their money. It's pretty damn easy to waste someone else's money... As we see here.
I swear it seems like the government doesn't have enough brains to drive a piss ant two laps around a cheerio....
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
This isn't new, nor is it surprising by any means.
I have heard stories of people on SNAP and other assistance programs buying things like steaks and selling them cheaper than the grocery store for cash.
I'm not cold-hearted enough to say ditch all forms of nutritional assistance, but I do think it needs a serious and major overhaul. Who knows, I myself may someday find that I need a little help, and I'd gladly take it considering I've been paying into the system.
I believe that only certain generic brands, and certain "staples" should be allowed. No cookies, chips, sodas, ect. If we, the tax payers are going to help you out, you can cook your own meals from scratch using wholesome ingredients.