WELCOME TO THE “RECOVERY …”
Because America is in the midst of an economy “recovery,” its government can start scaling back on food stamps … the use of which has spiked to record levels in recent years.
Wrong … as is the case with extended unemployment benefits, a “recovered” America just can’t seem to quit this dependency dole.
America’s “Food Stamp Nation” rolled right along in the latest “Farm Bill” passed by the U.S. Congress, receiving a modest “cut” of $800 million (out of $80 billion).
For those of you keeping score at home, the food stamp program cost taxpayers $33 billion a year in 2007.
Which means this is still $47 billion more …
House “Republicans” had sought to pare the program by $4 billion, but U.S. President Barack Obama threatened to veto the legislation … and so “Republicans” did what they always do: They caved.
With the backing of U.S. Speaker John Boehner, the “GOP-controlled” House of Representatives voted 251-166 in support of this “compromise” legislation.
Among South Carolina lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford did the right thing and voted against the bill – while “Republican” lawmakers Tom Rice and Joe Wilson joined Democrat Jim Clyburn in supporting it.
“The final price tag on this bill over the next ten years is $956 billion, and given what happened with the last farm bill, I think that number’s likely to go higher,” Sanford said in a statement accompanying his vote. “This version already costs over 60 percent more than the 2008 bill, and programs in that version ended up costing more than what Congress originally authorized. I think it’s likely we’ll see something similar happen here.”
And the beat goes on …