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South Carolina: Still Incentivizing Food Stamp Dependency

THE PALMETTO STATE’S FAILED “BIG GUBMINT” EXPERIMENT CONTINUES || By FITSNEWS || Earlier this week we reported on a national food stamp scam – the mass refusal of states to enforce work requirements on able-bodied, childless adults. This refusal keeps people hooked on the government benefits … keeping the program’s enrollment…

THE PALMETTO STATE’S FAILED “BIG GUBMINT” EXPERIMENT CONTINUES

|| By FITSNEWS || Earlier this week we reported on a national food stamp scam – the mass refusal of states to enforce work requirements on able-bodied, childless adults.

This refusal keeps people hooked on the government benefits … keeping the program’s enrollment and costs at artificially high levels.

Not surprisingly, South Carolina – led by so-called “conservative” governor Nikki Haley – is one of the forty states in America which refuses to enforce this work requirement.  Take a look at this map courtesy of a new report from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) …

food stamp map

Of interest?  The rampant expansion of these waivers under U.S. president Barack Obama.

“In 2006, just seven states had statewide waivers of work requirements for able-bodied childless adults.” the report found. “But by 2013, the Obama administration had granted statewide waivers to 40 states and partial waivers to another six states.”

This year the Obama administration offered statewide waivers to thirty-six states – and twenty-nine of them (including South Carolina) accepted.

It’s the latest example of the Palmetto State’s failed social experiment …

According to average monthly participation data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a whopping 875,866 South Carolinians were part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2013 – a 27.3 percent increase from 2009.  Meanwhile benefits awarded through the program climbed from $1 billion to $1.38 billion over the same period – a 37.9 percent increase.

The good news?  Program enrollment in South Carolina declined by an estimated 40,000 individuals in 2014 – with the total annual cost of the program dropping to $1.23 billion.

Assuming you trust the government’s data …

But still … that’s nearly 20 percent of the state’s population receiving food stamps, one of the highest rates in America.

State lawmakers moved this expense off of the state’s books last year – meaning they no longer count this $1.23 billion as part of the annual budget.

That’s not the only sleight of hand this website has uncovered.  Three years ago, we broke open a major food stamp scandal at the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – the agency which administers the food stamp program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In fact it was not long after we revealed cooked books at the agency relating to food stamp error rates and other data that we’re told Haley and state lawmakers began their push to remove the program from the state budget.

Bottom line?

Far too many South Carolinians remain on food stamps – and Palmetto State leaders aren’t taking the necessary steps to get them off of the federal dole.  While other “Republican” state leaders – like Kansas governor Sam Brownback and New Mexico governor Susana Martinez – are pushing their states to restore the work requirements for able-bodied, childless food stamp recipients, South Carolina continues to reward those unwilling to work with benefits.

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11 comments

Poor SC September 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

SC has a lot of poor people and not a lot of jobs to give them.

Sam Brownback is just pushing right wing red meat regardless of its consequences. One look at his state’s budget will tell you what that does. Not a good example of what SC should do.

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Rocky Verdad September 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

Ain’t it intesting that the majority of states that waive the work requirement fully are “red states?”

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Scuzzy Farten September 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

Oh.Is that like giving taxpayer subsidized Driver’s Licences to illegal criminals in ILLEGAL Sanctuary cities in ‘blue’ states like California?

Problem we have in this country is the 70% of ILLEGALS receiving government assistance in this country. Cut it off and deport them.

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Bible Thumper September 3, 2015 at 10:25 am

That’s only because most state are red. All the state’s that did not receive a waiver are RED STATES except for blue Maine and leaning blue Iowa.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states_and_blue_states

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Do Daw September 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

SC’s low low low hourly wages. Dirt poor. And dirt stupid to allow it. Everybody else is getting rich off of SC’s low paid blue collar workers who have to have EBT food supplements just to live. It is all going to catch up very very soon.

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erneba September 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

There are some sure things that you get when you reward stupidity and laziness, you get more stupidity and more laziness.
And don’t think for one minute that entitlements and other welfare programs are not used to buy votes. And the politicians remain content keeping as many people as they can on the dole to support their voting constituency.
When a politician tells you how much he does for the disadvantaged and down-trodden, he is actually telling you how many votes he can buy.

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FoneboneBesterTester September 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Is this anything like the subsidy that this website gets from Howard Rich?

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Steve brown September 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm

If my memory serves me right Andre Bauer wanted to discuss this topic during the 2010 Governors campaign and the GOP establishment specifically the GOP Chairman critizided Lt. Governor Bauer for even mentioning the topic as did Haley. Hind sight is 20/20 right?

Real leaders recognize problems before they become problems. Just like Andre Bauer did 5 years ago. Where is Andre Bauer today…. South Carolina could use some leaders with foresight.

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JohnnyL September 5, 2015 at 10:04 am

I feel like Bauer talked about social program reform that entire race. And now no one is. Bauer was the only real thinker on those debate stages. Remember the idea to privatize highway rest stops? Or even sell naming rights to highway exits? He got people thinking, instead of same ol, same ol “republican” sound bite talking points.

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Supergirl Fighter Forever January 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

The problem is, no one will hire people in South Carolina. Either you have to know someone famous, with money, or has lived here over 2 years to get a job. If your from up north and just moved down. I am one of the most literate people in my city, I don’t know why I can’t get a single call back on jobs? Now I am calling every body! All the jobs I, ME, MYSELF, I! I am interested in, not even the state jobs I applied for, and I know I qualify, am able, and have the skills so WTJMJ! . It is like WTJMJ(Jesus, Mary, and Joseph)!?

I don’t know why make a work requirement after 2 years, if businesses can make it a rule not to hire residents with only a college degree, hire residents of 2-5 years, and then make it so you have to look good online, even if everyone in town knows you have former people from the state you have been trying to move away from harassing you and defaming you. What is with QVC, Mervin Griffin, hating Ohioans? It is completely inappropriate, and it is in the movie, “Joy” near the end with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Deniro, and Bradly Cooper(playing the deceived Mervin Griffin). Basically, the 2 cities people that work and operate at QVC work from, I guess some bad deal he made, he got burned really bad, and he generally hates Ohioans. Even if they want to become southerners. It is like what happened? I don’t know what to do.

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