Tuesday, October 25, 2016


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Less than a year after spending tens of millions of dollars to provide the nation’s food-stamp recipients with more fruits and vegetables, the Obama administration is generously throwing in another $31.5 million for the same cause, according to a recent announcement.

It’s the last thing Americans need to hear as the dreaded tax day approaches since, after all, they’re bankrolling the healthy food campaign for low-income residents. Under President Obama the country’s food-stamp program—rebranded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to eliminate stigma associated with the welfare benefit—has grown immensely, according to the government’s own figures. A record number of people, around 47 million, get free groceries from Uncle Sam at an astounding cost of about $80 billion a year.

It isn’t enough to give tens of millions of people free food. The administration wants to assure the welfare recipients are eating healthy and nutritious items by providing government-subsidized produce, whole grains and low-fat milk in neighborhoods it has labeled “food deserts.” It’s part of a broader effort spearheaded by Michelle Obama’s $4.5 billion law to revolutionize the inner city diet by providing fruits, veggies and grilled lean meats as alternatives to greasy, fried foods that tend to be more popular in those areas—presumably because they’re cheaper.

The money flows through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has poured huge sums into the cause and this month dedicated the additional $31.5 million. “Encouraging low income families to put more healthy food in their grocery baskets is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to improving the diet and health of all Americans,” said Obama’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He referred to the costly program as “creative community partnerships” that will ultimately help SNAP participants better afford fruits and vegetables. Officially the funds for this particular initiative have been coined Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grants.

Judicial Watch has reported on this extensively in the last few years, exposing the enormous sums of taxpayer dollars that have been wasted on this ineffective experiment. In fact, last year JW wrote about an academic study that shows the First Lady’s pricey initiative to eliminate “food deserts” is failing miserably. The study focused on a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia that received generous grants from the government to build new markets and add healthy food options to convenience stores. Researchers found that dietary habits or obesity were not altered and it did not lead to changes in fruit and vegetable intake or body mass index.

Before that JW reported that the administration wasted $75 million to study ways of better recognizing the nutritional needs of low-income communities and more than $100 million in Obamacare grants to “reduce health disparities” between minorities and whites by, among other things, eliminating food deserts. The administration even created a special internet mapping tool (Food Desert Locator) that identifies areas with “limited access to affordable and nutritious foods.”

Less than a year ago the Obama administration announced that it was launching a special research center that will find ways to help food-stamp recipients make healthier and wiser food choices. It will be called the Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice and Americans will pay at least $1.9 million—possibly more—to create it. There seems to be no end to the madness, an obsession to control what private citizens consume and change the ingrained eating habits of an entire demographic.

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Food Stamp Fraud

You would think a program like Food Stamps would be used by needy Americans to get the nutritional assistance that they need but you would be wrong – and there are many reasons why.

For starters, you need to know that the cost of federal food assistance programs have been rising in cost steadily for the last half-century. Beginning with a pilot program in 1961, Food Stamps were originally designed to distribute surplus or otherwise unmarketable food to the poor.

Based on the “success” this program, Congress passed Food Stamp Act of 1964 – letting it go national in 1974 and finally funding it through the Food Stamp Act of 1977. It was never meant to be an entitlement… never meant to benefit anyone other than poor American citizens… and never meant to be a way of life.

In the ensuing decades, all of this has fallen by the wayside.

The government currently spends over $110 billion a year on food assistance programs, and they’re continually attempting to get more people on board the government program.

In 2008, 28.2 million Americans were on food stamps. In the first five years of the Obama Administration, 19.4 million people have been added to the program. Today, 47 million Americans are on food stamps – particularly through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Then, to take the social stigma out of using food stamps, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) worked with states to begin paying benefits through an electronic ATM type card (called EBT, Electronic Benefits Card) accepted at most grocery stores to buy healthy foods such as bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products.

And while the USDA says items such as hot food, pet food, soap, household supplies, beer, cigarettes and wine are strictly forbidden, the SNAP program has no way of enforcing these rules. Because of this, the “rules” are more like soft guidelines, and that might explain the massive increase in welfare recipients in the past few years.

Nine Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy With Food Stamps

Here are nine questionable items that you can (or will soon be able to) purchase with a SNAP ATM card.

  1. Fast Food: Taco Bell, KFC and other fast food restaurants are just two of many fast food restaurants that accept SNAP EBT cards.
  2. Bail: Convicted felons have reportedly used their EBT as bail money. The incarcerated instructs someone to go to an ATM to withdraw money from their EBT for bail.
  3. Lingerie: One adult store, Kiss My Lingerie in Gonzales, Louisiana, accepts EBT. Other adult stores are also been known to accept welfare transactions.
  4. Shoes: Payless Shoes also accept EBT.
  5. Strip clubs: In 2013, the New York Post reported that Freedom of Information Act documents (FOIA) revealed welfare recipients were regularly making EBT withdrawals at the ATMs near and inside infamous porn shops, liquor stores, lounges and hookah parlors.
  6. Starbucks: While corporate stores don’t accept EBT, any gourmet coffee shops like Starbucks in a Target or grocery chain is considered a grocery item.
  7. Cold hard cash: Some people sell their SNAP EBT benefits cards for cash using websites like Craigslist to find buyers.
  8. Cupcakes/Gourmet cakes: It is considered food, no matter the price.
  9. Coming Soon? Pot: Colorado became the first state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. The may also become the first state to have taxpayer funded pot smoking. A Colorado Pot Shop called Rite Greens has already taken the steps to officially accept SNAP EBT cards.



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