Liberals like to pretend that mankind did not exist prior to the existence of the welfare state. With one in five Americans filling their bellies with food paid-for by others, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time very recently that grown-ups were expected to take care of themselves and their families.
Prior to the welfare state, those who hit hard times relied upon family and friends and, in instances of severely tough times, charity offered by strangers who wished to voluntarily give their time, money or resources.
Today, those who cannot or will not provide for themselves simply hop-on the government dole.
We have seen this system abused both empirically and statistically. From the billions we spend on welfare to the scumbag buying cases of Mountain Dew and energy drinks, it’s not hard to notice that the food stamp program is being abused.
Still, as Democrats rely upon the promotion of government dependence, the federal government seldom has the political bipartisanship to crackdown on those abusing the system.
However, a conspiracy to defraud Americans became so big that the federal government finally had to act.
In conjunction with Florida’s Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators, the federal government stopped a food stamp scam that attorneys allege bilked taxpayers out of $13 million by trading food stamps for cash.
The investigation netted the arrests of 22 people who are now charged with fraud that entailed allegedly using hundreds of stolen identities to apply for and receive food stamps. These individuals would then sell these food stamp benefits for cash.
If convicted, each of the 22 suspects could face 20 years for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 20 years for wire fraud and 5 for food stamp fraud.
No, this does not mean that each and every food stamp recipient is conducting fraud. However, it does blow a significant hole in the left’s narrative that these programs are for the poor who have no other choices but government dependency.
These programs are for the poor and for those who have few moral qualms about ripping-off those who work for a living.
The time is long overdue to dump the entirety of the food stamp program and many other welfare benefits. With the money saved, state governments can reinvest a fraction of the billions spent on food stamps into creating soup kitchens and other venues that can provide meals for the truly needy while weeding-out those who exploit this system for financial gain.
It is truly pathetic that we have arrived to a place in society where advocating that people buy their own food is considered heartless or otherwise infeasibly cruel.