In this age of the increasingly large nanny state government, Americans are being more and more encouraged not to be self-reliant. Don’t be fooled, it most certainly isn’t because the government has your best interest in mind. There is a thought process to their schemes. And, let me assure you, it is a scheme. Perhaps one of the greatest schemes and scams to have ever hit America. For each government dependent that can be created to rely on government cheese in turn it creates a consistent Democratic voter. And, if you don’t believe that is happening all over the United States, right under our noses- you aren’t paying attention.
Add to that, the cheese created for the states on the backs of the taxpayers. Eventually, it can only crush us.
In their neverending quest to grab federal dollars, states are now competing to sign up their citizens for federal food stamps. A piece in Wednesday’s Washington Post details the efforts of states ranging from Florida to Rhode Island to Alabama to sign people up for food stamps, since food stamp cash flows to local businesses via federal allotments. Florida has hired food stamp recruiters to sign people up for food stamp applications. Rhode Island apparently sponsors bingo games for elderly people, with the goal of signing them up for food stamps. Alabama advertises: “Be a patriot. Bring your food stamp money home.” According to the Post, “Three states in the Midwest throw food-stamp parties where new recipients sign up en masse.”
When people protest at being signed up for food stamps, the recruiters in Florida encourage them to get over their shame. The Post reports this exchange between Dillie Nerios, a food stamp recruiter, and an elderly Floridian:
NERIOS: “Sir, can I help?”
MAN: “I don’t want to be another person depending on the government.”
NERIOS: “How about being another person getting the help you deserve?”
The man, Lonnie, is 60 years old. He made bad financial decisions, but because he didn’t encourage government dependency, his children are all working. At first, he turned down the food stamps. But Nerios was persistent. The federal government actually helps hand out training materials for recruiters like Nerios, including ways of convincing Americans to stop worrying about whether they are living off the taxpayer. The training materials teach how to overcome objections to taking Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program checks:
“You worked hard and the taxes you paid helped create SNAP.”
“Everyone needs help now and then.”
“Lots of people, young and old, are having financial difficulties.”
Because of recruiters like Nerios, Florida’s food stamp enrollment has more than doubled in the last five years, from 1.45 million to 3.35 million. No wonder 47 million Americans are on food stamps: not only is the federal government encouraging individuals to discard their ethos of self-reliance in favor of dependency, state governments are getting in on the act in order to fatten up their own wallets.
Welcome to the land of “Progression”… Too bad they don’t put the same effort into incentivizing hard work and stimulating our economy. But, you know, that just wouldn’t be prudent.