The Government can’t keep the Fraud out of the Food Stamp Program but they’ll run Obamacare Efficiently

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 21st, 2013

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We’re supposed to trust the federal government taking over one-sixth of the U.S. economy.  Our health care system.  Because they are so good at running vast complex bureaucracies.  Like the food stamp program (see NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti by KATE BRIQUELET and ISABEL VINCENT posted 7/21/2013 on the New York Post).

Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.

The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.

The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans…

“Everybody does it,” said a worker at an Associated Supermarket in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. “They pay for it any way they can. A lot of people pay with EBT…”

Workers at the Pioneer Supermarket on Parkside Avenue and the Key Food on Flatbush Avenue confirmed the practice.

They said food-stamp recipients typically take home their barrels and fill them gradually over time with food bought with EBT cards.

Everyone does it.  Everyone knows it.  And yet nobody stops it.  Even though all they have to do is look at who is buying the big blue barrels.  It just can’t get easier than that.  This is our government at its finest.  Is it any wonder that government at every level is inefficient and incompetent?  And rife with corruption?  For if everyone knows that people are committing fraud and one of the everyone—the government—doesn’t do anything to stop it then they must be corrupt.

Why does the government look the other way?  Because from the government’s perspective the program is a smashing success.  Because people committing fraud will vote for the political party that makes it easier to commit fraud.  And it doesn’t get any easier when they look the other way.  New York City is a Democrat-controlled city.  The Democrats shower the city with an easy-to-fraud welfare system.  And they don’t lose elections.  Is there a causality here?  Perhaps.

Now the Democrats will be in charge of one-sixth of the U.S. economy.  Thanks to Obamacare.  Which will control far, far more money than the food stamp program.  Which they’ve proven themselves to be incompetent to control.  Just imagine the job they’ll do running Obamacare.

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No Money for White House Tours but Plenty of Money to give Illegal Aliens Food Stamps

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 28th, 2013

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The sequester has hit America hard.  A reduction in the growth of future expenditures has caused the White House to stop public tours of the people’s house.  And it caused the furlough of numerous air traffic controllers.  Leading to long lines at airports.  And cancelled flights.  That just shows you how painful a cut in the growth rate of future expenditures can be.  They caused cuts in actual current spending.  Because there is just not an extra dime the government can spare to keep the White House open for tours.  Or to keep air traffic controllers at their jobs.  But there’s tons of spare cash lying around for this apparently (see Shocking US government leaflet tells Mexican immigrants they can collect food stamp benefits without admitting they’re in the country illegally posted 4/26/2013 on the Daily Mail).

A Spanish-language leaflet that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided to the Mexican Embassy in Washington advises border-crossing Mexicans that they can collect taxpayer-funded food stamp benefits for their children without admitting that they’re illegal immigrants.

Underlined and in boldface type, the document tells immigrants who are unlawfully in the United States that, ‘You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.’

The Agriculture Department says SNAP benefits are only to be distributed to U.S. citizens and other legal residents. On its website, it acknowledges an education ‘partnership’ with the Mexican government, but insists that its aim is to help educate only ‘eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States’ about nutrition benefits for which they might qualify.

Judicial Watch obtained the Spanish language leaflet through a Freedom of Information Act request. An attached email dates the document to March 2009, just months after President Barack Obama took office.

In an email, a spokesperson for the SNAP program told The Daily Caller, which first reported on the leaflet, that “non-citizens who are unlawfully present, are not, nor have they ever been, eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits…

And in a March 2012 communication, Judicial Watch said, the USDA asked the Mexican Embassy to approve a letter addressed to that country’s 50 consulates. That letter encouraged staff at those Mexican diplomatic missions to learn in another webinar how to encourage more of ‘the needy families that the consulates serve’ to enroll in the SNAP program.

Judicial Watch said Thursday that the 2012 document did not discriminate between legal US residents and illegal immigrants.

So Americans can’t visit the White House.  And can’t get on an airplane because the sequester cancelled that flight.  But we can have illegal immigrants who are non-citizens in the country unlawfully sign up for food stamps.  Kind of tells you where the administration is when it comes to immigration reform.  Instead of controlling the border they’re telling them to come on up.  Free food stamps for everyone.  But you may not be able to catch a flight once you’re in the country.  Or visit the White House.  For these costs are too great to include in the current budget.

Is it me?  Or is there something wrong with that?

Why are they doing this?  Simple.  These aren’t illegal aliens waiting for a pathway to citizenship.  These are future Democrat voters.  And President Obama wants them voting in U.S. elections as soon as possible.  For with only about 20% of the population identifying themselves as liberals while some 40% identify themselves as conservative they have to buy as many votes as they can.  And they’re hoping these soon-to-be citizens will remember who their benefactor was when they enter the voting booth.  To tip the balance of power towards the Democrats.  So they can enact their liberal agenda the majority of the people don’t want.  That’s why.

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President Obama has a Lot in Common with the Social Democracy Ideology of the NDP

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 13th, 2013

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The New Democratic Party (NDP) of British Columbia is a social-democratic political party.  Their political ideology is Social democracy.  And the Social democracy political ideology is to transform capitalism into socialism through progressive social reform.  And they do that with higher taxes and wealth redistribution.  In fact, the current NDP leader in British Columbia has pledged to raise taxes should they win the coming election (see NDP promises tax hikes if elected by Bryn Weese, QMI Agency, posted 4/11/2013 on Vancouver 24 hrs).

Corporations, banks, polluters and the wealthy will pay more if the BC NDP wins the provincial election.

The party’s fiscal plan, unveiled at Simon Fraser University Thursday, calls for: a one point rise in the corporate tax rate from 11% to 12%, reinstating a 3% bank tax, expanding the carbon tax to include vented oil and gas emissions, and raising the personal income tax rate to 19% on incomes over $150,000 a year.

The party, if elected, also plans to run the same $800 million deficits it alleges the ruling BC Liberals are hiding. In total, the NDP would run nearly $2 billion in deficits over the next three years until the party, it says, would balance the budget in year four of a NDP government.

“We’re looking at those who have a little more to give a little more,” NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston told reporters…

The fiscal plan is a broad look at how the NDP will pay for its election platform, which will be detailed during the campaign. On Thursday, the party promised a childcare and early-education plan and a poverty-reduction strategy.

Earlier this week, NDP Leader Adrian Dix proposed increasing the tax credits for TV and film productions in the province to 40% of labour costs.

Sound familiar?  It sounds a lot like what you hear coming out of Washington.  For the Obama administration wants to tax corporations, banks, polluters and the wealthy more.  In fact they’ve used the same language.  “We’re looking at those who have a little more to give a little more.”  The Obama administration is running deficits.  President Obama even talked about expanding funds for childcare so children as young as 4 years old can receive state indoctrination.  I mean, early developmental skills.  The Obama administration has a poverty-reduction strategy.  They call it food stamps.  Some have even called him the food stamp president because more people than ever use food stamps.  And the Obama administration as a special relationship with TV and film production.  He even changed his stance on same-sex marriage in exchange for more Hollywood campaign donations.

So what does this mean?  Does it mean that President Obama is a Social democrat, too?  Because he shares the same political ideology of the NDP?  Social democracy?  Does this mean President Obama wants to transform capitalism into socialism through progressive social reform?  Of course not.  Just because it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it doesn’t mean President Obama is a socialist-leaning anti-capitalist.  It’s just a coincidence that he looks like, walks like and quacks like a socialist-leaning anti-capitalist.

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President Obama to Reverse Trend in Falling Child Obesity Rates

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 29th, 2012

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When it comes to government policies there are unintended consequences.  And then they are the ‘I don’t care what the consequences are’ as long as those policies are politically expedient (see US childhood obesity dips for first time in decades: study by AFP posted 12/27/2012 on channelnewsasia.com)

CHICAGO: Obesity rates among small children may finally be on the decline after more than tripling in the United States the past 30 years, a study out Wednesday indicated.

The study found that obesity rates peaked in 2004 and then declined slightly among low-income children aged two to four who receive benefits from a federal food stamp program called SNAP…

In an accompanying editorial, Dr. David Ludwig said the declines seen are not enough, and he urged an overhaul of the federal food stamp program (SNAP) to help low-income families tackle obesity by eliminating junk food and adding more fruit and vegetables to their diet.

“SNAP is essential for hunger prevention in the United States, but its exclusive focus on food quantity contributes to malnutrition and obesity, and is misaligned with the goal of helping beneficiaries lead healthier lives,” wrote Ludwig, who works in an obesity prevention centre at Boston Children’s Hospital…

Ludwig noted that it pays for an estimated US$4 billion in soft drinks per year, which adds up to about 20 million servings of soda a day.

“The public pays for sugary drinks, candy, and other junk foods included in SNAP benefits twice: once at the time of purchase, and later for the treatment of diet-induced disease through Medicaid and Medicare,” he wrote.

“The nation’s US$75 billion investment in SNAP could provide a major opportunity to reduce the burden of diet-related disease among low-income children and families if policies that promote nutritional quality are instituted.”

Peaked in 2004?  Why, that was when George W. Bush was president.  At least 4 years before Michelle Obama began her war on childhood obesity.  To ensure success she should consult with George W. Bush.  Who must have done something right to reverse a trend that was in the making for 30 years.  And not her husband.  Who appears to be hell-bent on making children obese again.

One of the major causes of childhood obesity has been the federal food stamp program.  Which President Obama has expanded like no other president.  Even earning himself the moniker ‘The Food Stamp President’.  Guess he doesn’t like kids.  Well, not all kids.  Just the poor ones.  Who he is helping to a life of diet-induced disease.

So the president may be sacrificing another generation of children to heart disease, diabetes and all those other diet-induced diseases.  Why?  Well, like Bill O’Reilly said, to give the people stuff.  So they will vote for him.  Which he has.  And our poor children will pay the ultimate price with poor health.  While we pick up the cost for their extensive and costly medical care.

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