2014 January 25 Saturday
Foodstamps Booming In United States

Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013

During the last five years, the SNAP program grew by 36.8%, from $58,223,790,000 in 2009 to $79,641,880,000 in 2013

My modest proposal: No food subsidies for fat people.

Welfare benefits are booming in the potato state.

BOISE • One in five Idahoans receive welfare benefits, almost double the level 10 years ago.

Let this be a reminder: if you aren't going up you are going down.

“We have become a low-income state,” Armstrong said.

But California leads the way.

More revealing is the fact that, in 2007, before the onset of the recession, California’s 1.2 million recipients of traditional welfare comprised about 28 percent of the nation’s total welfare caseload in a state with 12 percent of the nation’s population. In 2013, California had a full third of America’s welfare cases, 33 percent.

The long term big picture for income-based entitlements programs in the United States is bigger, bigger, bigger. The supposed cuts in the welfare state are a mirage.

Meanwhile open borders within Europe are causing people from poorer countries to flood into the countries with the best welfare benefits. Some Euro countries are changing their policies in response. But the cuts and restrictions do not go far enough.

Maybe robotic workers will generate enough wealth to fund massive growth in the welfare state. Then again, maybe the robot owners will move them to places with lower taxes.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 January 25 08:25 PM 

Tom said at January 26, 2014 10:34 AM:

"Let them eat Soylent."

Wouldn't that be more expensive than just feeding them beans or grains?

Vektor said at January 28, 2014 7:09 AM:

Food stamps obfuscate the scope of the problem much better than bread lines.

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