I'm glad some parts of the media are finally covering this. I've been looking into it for a couple years now. I think where the divide comes in for
most people is that there is a narrative pushed from right wing oriented propaganda that there is an "Entitlement Class" and this is all done to buy
the vote of certain segments of the population. Thing is, they are not wrong. They're just pointing the finger at the nations downtrodden and poor
instead of the super rich multinational corporations and banks. They are the true entitlement class and they are the ones who choose our politicians,
No one is trying to get people on the government dole in order to buy votes, the people do not choose our politicians anymore. The big banks and
corporations do. They just let us play in the game so we don't start raising our voices. The right wing echo chamber myth (keep in mind I am a
registered republican) would have you believe that more and more people are on food stamps because Obama is a socialist or a Marxist or something,
what they fail to tell you is banks like JP Morgan-Chase which has deals in 24 states to dispense SNAP benefits, reaps massive revenue from such
things. Its 7 year contract to operate the aid program in New York garnered it more than $126 million, while its five-year deal with Florida brought
in $83 million. They profit the more food stamps there are. JPMorgan’s segment that makes food stamp debit cards made $5.47 billion in net revenue
in 2010. Or how about Walmart, who in Oklahoma raked in $500 million in 2 years alone from food stamp payments. Obama is nothing but a whore for the
corporate interests which really makes him no different than any other president of the last 50 years in this regard.
My stats may be a little off but they are recent... An all-time record 47.79 million Americans are now on food stamps. Back when Barack Obama first
took office, that number was only sitting at about 32 million. According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the
combined populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.
Massive amounts of money are being funneled to special interests that NEED NO HELP as opposed to the little guy and the hurting folks, or near
bankrupt cities and towns who cannot pay for teachers and local LEO or to build and sustain bridges and roads. Interests making record profits each
year get the money. And either don't pay taxes or pay very little. If this crony capitalism ended we would be able to sustain our social and welfare
programs, despite the more and more people who are struggling. There may be jobs here in the states but not as many as before. It's not really
debatable fact anymore. So-called free trade and the Golden Straightjacket of globalization have insured much of our manufacturing base has been
outsourced and those jobs are not coming back. Not unless we fix things. Capitalism and the free market have been corrupted.
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