[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For an astounding 48 months straight, the U.S. has fronted the grocery bill for 45 million Americans. This costs taxpayers an estimated $5.7 million dollars every single month and there doesn’t seem to be any slowing in sight. The number first rose to over 45 million in May of 2011 and four years later, Americans are paying the bills for roughly 45.5 million Americans.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Recently, GOP leaders in Oklahoma pointed-out a bit of unintended consequences concerning these stats and now, liberals are outraged.
The State Republican Party posted on Facebook a simple message:
“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.
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.”
Of course, highlighting the fact that handouts breeds dependency is, somehow, offensive to liberals who assert that it is the right of some to have their bills paid by others.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services blasted the analogy, stating,
“Shame on you for comparing people in poverty and with disabilities to animals! That was an appalling and uniformed comment,” the statement said. “Obviously you did not bother to know the majority of the 604,000 people receiving food benefits in Oklahoma are people who are aging, people with disabilities (including disabled veterans) and the working poor who are raising children. … The people who need this meager benefit are dependent upon it in order to keep themselves and their children from starving. Is that the kind of dependency you are suggesting we discourage?”
Though the left continues to further their dependency agenda by asserting that these tens-of-millions of Americans would starve without such assistance, the fact remains that American society existed long before the massive welfare programs.
Further, while poverty in other nations remains a life-and-death concern, the definition of “poverty” in America appears to mean little more than someone who has an iPhone with a meager data plan.
Since 1969, the year after the “War on Poverty” began, the number of “impoverished” food stamp recipients have jumped from 2.8 million Americans to 45.5 million Americans.
The State GOP took down the post and issued a non-apology to “to those who were offended” and “for any misconceptions that were created.”
It’s tough to hear the truth sometimes. Nobody likes to discover that others have consciously noticed their inability to provide for themselves at the expense of others. It is surely an unwelcomed realization.
However, in these days of liberal “feeling-centric” discussions, we cannot allow the hurt feelings of some to negate the economic realities facing us: America is going broke and more and more, we are turning to defunct economic models to attempt to right the ship. Tasking the producers of society to front the bills of the non-producers only capsizes the ship in the end.
Come on, I was five when the Soviet Union collapsed and even I know the lesson taught…
At the heart of the food stamp issue is one central premise that in inescapably simple that nobody has ever been able to adequately explain:
Why is it fair for someone to expect me to pay for my bills and theirs?
In the end, the analogy holds up: creating dependency only disincentivizes economic mobility.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]