Food stamps enrollment has hit a new record high. 46,681,833 million are now enrolled in the social welfare program, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the federal department that runs the program.
..."[The] USDA has engaged in an aggressive outreach and promotional campaign to boost food stamp enrollment. Among these efforts are an ongoing partnership with the Mexican government to advertise food stamps to Mexican nationals, migrant workers, and non-citizen immigrants. Partly as a result of these efforts, the number of non-citizens on food stamps has quadrupled since 2001," explains the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.
And the cost, the committee explains, is astronomical. "Total spending on food stamps is projected to reach nearly $800 billion over the next 10 years, with no fewer than 1 in 9 people on the program at any given time. Neither food stamp participation nor spending on the program are ever projected to return to pre-recession levels at any point in the next 10 years."
But don't worry, peons. Michelle Obama just said that "We are in the midst of a huge recovery!"
They're working hard to get more people signed up for food stamps. In the Appalachians, many people are reluctant to accept food stamps, even though they're poor. The administration calls them "mountain proud." But when they explain that they can use the food stamps to buy seed to grow their own veggies, they are more ready to accept them.
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