This Obama economy has soup lines as far as the eye can see. It also appears that many could easily be standing in two, three or even four lines simultaneously!
There are 103.4 million people currently enrolled in any one of 15 subsidized federal food assistance programs. The most people in our nation's history.
Due to the governments sloppy management of resources it's anybody's guess how many people are standing in how many lines, at the same time.
One thing we do know for sure is one third of our nation is now receiving Subsidized Food Assistance.
These programs are extremely expensive and the cost is increasing daily. In 2012 the bill to taxpayers paid was a staggering $114 billion.
But sit down if you're standing, because it gets worse!
Even more shocking: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there are 97,180,000 full time workers in the private sector.
Never in our nation's history has this been the case. This is a historical first.
One reason is, Subsidized Food Assistance programs are run rather loosely. With few stopgaps and oversights the same people can be in several federal food lines at the same time.
In many cases all daily meals can be provided using different combinations of any or all of the15 different programs. From a July audit by the Inspector General of the USDA's Food Nutrition Service (FNS):
"The Office of Inspector General (OIG) identified that the potential for overlap and duplication exists among the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) 15 nutrition programs, and determined that FNS may be duplicating its efforts by providing participants total benefits in excess of 100 percent of daily nutritional needs when households and/or individuals participate in more than one FNS program simultaneously."
From the above statement It appears that the Inspector General's Office does realize the potential opportunity for fraudulent activity is abundant. Sales receipts like the one below infuriate the taxpayers who don't use food stamps.
According to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), food stamp participation has increased at 10 times the rate of job creation under Obama.
Eventually the number of full time workers will be dwarfed by those on Food Assistance programs. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible that we are creating and perpetrating a lifestyle of food entitlements not unlike housing welfare subsides.
When people are raised to believe the government is supposed to feed them it is unhealthy for the nation. However It is even more unhealthy for those who are raised to think of this as a lifestyle.
As the entitlement population grows so grows the cost and amount of subsidized programs.
It has been my experience that anything the government does at a cost of $3.00, private industry can do for $1.00.
What do you think? Should federal food assistance continue to expand?