This is the real State of the Union. Felons are ineligible for SNAP apparently so the 47 million on food stamps don't include the 20 million felons.
However the under and unemployed figures probably do account for the same demographic. This is a very grim statistical analysis of the current
paradigm in America.
Some conservatives, meanwhile, have emphasized that a big chunk of the increase is due to policy changes by Washington. In 2008, Congress
allowed states to relax their standards for who could join the program. (Jobless adults could stay in the program if they lived in high-unemployment
areas, for instance.) Then, as part of the 2009 stimulus bill, Congress temporarily boosted food-stamp benefits — the average benefit was $133 per
month last year, although that increase expires this November.
Due to policy changes in Washington? I agree to an extent and yes bad policy encourages a bad economy because the less room we have to move around and
create our own incomes and the more we have to spend for a small startup the harder it is to get off the bottom. There are many policies encouraging
this type of growth decline in the economic sector that many of you are aware of like NAFTA.
So which explanation is right? Most evidence suggests that food-stamp enrollment has mainly risen due to the recession — although policy
changes have played a smaller role:
Right but government over reach and over regulation is causing a majority of the problem, what they are doing is enabling the greedy corporatist and
people at the top to be able to take advantage of the economy in ways that the average joe can't and forcing people into more debt.
Total number of Americans on welfare 12,800,000
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) $131.9 billion
So compared to what we spend on our money from the Drug War, to private prisons, to large scale wars across the globe, federal aid to other countries
and budgets to pay all of our government employees thats NOTHING. I would rather take a chance at helping 1 person who actually needs and utilizes
government aid while supporting 20 idiots then take a chance at supporting our government and enabling them to do nothing and affectively kill our
education system, our economy, and destroy our republic.
Deptartment of Numbers
National 10,351,000 -490,000 -1,922,000
As you can see there has been a decline in unemployment recently but we all know this isn't because they are adding substantial long term economic
growth and recovery. Its because people can't collect anymore and have no options, most of them are probably working 2 crappy slave jobs to support
their family. My evidence for this is because the policy in America that encourages growth and prosperity hasn't changed, ie government scaling back
its totalitarian economic policies that are decades out of date and long since needing to be replaced or removed.
The problem with the economy isn't because the government isn't doing enough its because they are doing to much!!!
New York Times
Ms. Woods’s current job has not been meeting her needs. When she began driving a passenger van last year, she earned $9 an hour and worked
40 hours a week. Then her wage was cut to $8 an hour, and her hours were drastically scaled back. Last month she earned just $233. So Ms. Woods, who
said that she had been threatened with eviction for missing rent payments and had been postponing an appointment with the eye doctor because she lacks
insurance, has been looking for another, better job. It has not been easy.
Poor Ms. Wood's I am sorry to have to break it to you but its not coming anytime soon because the archaic and draconian governments economic and
judicial policies encourage large corporate growth and entitlements to people who have money. Yes entitlements for the rich. The entitlements come in
the form of access, they have access to education, funds, and everything else required to endeavor in venture capital these days. The average joe is
forced into MASSIVE economic debt if he desides to go into his own business. Education totals through the roof not to mention how much a small startup
costs these days, into the 100,000's of thousands. Were talking about half a million dollars in debt to start a legimate small business between lawyer
fees and everything else required.
Makes me sick to my stomac.
On Wednesday, the 2013 Senate Farm Bill was amended to make those convicted of certain violent crimes ineligible for SNAP (Supplementary
Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, popularly known as food stamps. The amendment was passed by unanimous consent, meaning that neither
Republicans nor Democrats objected to the bill.
Now not only do we have 20 million felons in the united states right now but that number is growing significantly. There is no way that we should have
this high percentage of people in the USA in this category. This category should be reserved for the worst of the worst, the unreformable. This
category should be not for people who just commit a crime but for people who can't stop being violent and for repeat offenders. Im not talking about
non violent people here either. Now, many of you know i have a violent felony and yes i was guilty. I was an idiot 23 year old and i probably needed a
like wake up call but i didnt my life destroyed. Bottom line is these policies are creating a serious issue in the USA and its creating an underclass
of people with no options, 20 million people with no options or hope for the future.
This is a lot of America right now and i can tell you a lot of your neighbors are these people and everyone should see whats happening in their
communities. These people are eventually going to start demanding opportunities that are right now out of everyones reach. Im not just talking about
felons but im talking about people who dont have economic prosperity within their reach and have no idea how to get there because of how difficult it
is at the current moment.
Cant stand the attitudes of the people who think its just hard work because hard work doesnt get you anywhere these days its all about nepotism and
who you know. Its really that simple and if you dont see it that way its probably because your blind to the people who have actually helped you
Its about time we start banding together and demanding change on an immediate and relevant scale before its too late.
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