http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/343190/snap-crackle-and...From Eli Saslow in The Washington Post, a portrait of America as Dependistan:He wiped the front counter and smoothed the edges of a sign posted near his register. “Yes! We take Food Stamps, SNAP, EBT!”“Today, we fill the store up with everything,” he said. “Tomorrow, we sell it all.”At precisely one second after midnight, on March 1, Woonsocket would experience its monthly financial windfall — nearly $2 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Federal money would be electronically transferred to the broke residents of a nearly bankrupt town, where it would flow first into grocery stores and then on to food companies, employees and banks, beginning the monthly cycle that has helped Woonsocket survive.The “economy” (unemployment, shuttered factories, debt) is permanent, but the economic cycle is monthly, thanks to “Uncle Sam Day”:The 1st is always circled on the office calendar at International Meat Market, where customers refer to the day in the familiar slang of a holiday. It is Check Day. Milk Day. Pay Day. Mother’s Day.“Uncle Sam Day,” Pichardo said now, late on Feb. 28, as he watched new merchandise roll off the trucks. Out came 40 cases of Ramen Noodles. Out came 230 pounds of ground beef and 180 gallons of orange juice.SNAP enrollment in Rhode Island had been rising for six years, up from 73,000 people to nearly 180,000, and now three-quarters of purchases at International Meat Market are paid for with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Government money had in effect funded the truckloads of food at Pichardo’s dock .?.?. and the three part-time employees he had hired to unload it .?.?. and the walk-in freezer he had installed to store surplus product .?.?. and the electric bills he paid to run that freezer, at nearly $2,000 each month.Pichardo’s profits from SNAP had also helped pay for International Meat Market itself, a 10-aisle store in a yellow building that he had bought and refurbished in 2010, when the rise in government spending persuaded him to expand out of a smaller market down the block.That old Democrat Depression anthem is too idealistic for such a world. But, for the new normal, “Snappy Days Are Here Again”:Grocery store chains had started discount spinoffs. Farmers markets had incentivized SNAP shopping by rewarding customers with $2 extra for every $5 of government money spent. Restaurants, long forbidden from accepting SNAP, had begun a major lobbying campaign in Washington, and now a handful of Subways in Rhode Island were accepting the benefit as part of a pilot program.------------------------------------------------------I just don't see how this ends well.
No, the world ISN'T getting warmer (as you may have noticed). Now we reveal the official data that's making scientists suddenly change their minds about climate doom. So will eco-funded MPs stop waging a green crusade with your money? Well... what do YOU think?______________________Well, I think that Dems are idiots, and the libs are stupid even for Dems and that the climate nuts are stupid even for liberals, but I reserve the right to change that stance if it is later determined that Dems can not quite reach high enough to be considered idiots.
I just don't see how this ends wellOnce they get rid of the Republican obstructionism, everything will be okay.
Meh, some of us work to avoid being financially dependent on the government and are rewarded by being taxed to pay for those who want to be dependent upon the government but sneer when you tell them they're enslaving themselves to the feds. But, then again... so we. The difference is that I can buy ramen noodles any day of the month, or even actual spaghetti noodles... but I'm paying for their food too. Yay! Suckers, one and all!
I just don't see how this ends well. Oh, it won't. The Democratic Party is just fine with this, because those who are dependent on Government handouts will reliably vote Democratic. It used to be that both parties believed in a strong America and self-reliance (but just differed on how to get there), but anyone who non-ironically mentions those notions today is ridiculed. Obama could not be more blatant about how he doesn't care about the debt, and has no intent on reforming entitlements, no matter the consequences, and no one seems to care. We're too busy being concerned about how mean the Republicans are for not allowing Obama to spend even more money that we don't have.The media is neck deep in this nightmare, too. No amount of scrubbing will make them clean. Imagine a world with a Republican President that spends a trillion dollars more than we take in, and that can drone strike anyone on the planet, not to mention the devaluation of the currency, 50 million on food stamps, 1/6 in poverty and 9 million fewer Americans working. What do you think the media coverage would look like?
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