Still seen as the most independent of the independent, there will be more food stamps for independent farm families to enjoy soon.
As this article at The Heritage Organization’s The Foundry points out (again),
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that he will support the bloated farm bill. But as Heritage has been highlighting, this bill does not do what most people think it does.
Eighty percent of the funding it provides will be for food stamps.
The House farm bill is projected to cost $940 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The last farm bill, in 2008, was projected to cost $604 billion. By any measure, passing a bill that is projected to be 56 percent more expensive than the last farm bill is not fiscally responsible.
Oh piffle! Fiscal responsibility is terribly old fashioned — like independent family farmers.
It all makes sense, I guess, because “food stamp spending has doubled under the Obama Administration, and participation is at historic highs.” It’s good to make history! It’s proof of American exceptionalism but — of course — only in understated, humble, compassionate and non-jingoistic ways. That’s why Obama’s historic presidency is so very precious. We can’t wait and must act, now, lest too many European nations outshine us and make our own pitiful welfare programs seem anemic in comparison. What would our neighbors think?
It now appears that among the many inducements to journey to the United States for those yearning
for free stuff to be free is the increasing availability — and promotion — of “food stamps” (EBT cards) for illegal aliens our honored guests, eventually to become citizens.
Flyers provided to the Mexican embassy by the USDA include a statement – almost comically emphasized with both boldface and underlining – informing prospective SNAP beneficiaries, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.“
We certainly want all we they can get, but thank goodness it’s for the little children! Might it have been a mistake not to include the “farm bill” in the “consensus” Immigration Reform Bill now pending? In any event, let’s help the spending to double again; then, next verse, same as the first. That must be the “fair,” “common sense” way to make our laws.
At least one Senator was pretty blunt about the purpose of the food stamps: just to “get the farm bill passed.” Such a massive program deserves to be considered—and debated—on its own, not lumped in with unrelated programs and slapped with the title of “farm.”
It seems that “our” honorable members of “our” Congress are mastering their Gilbert & Sullivan comprehension. Although the “farm” bill is a good example of “things are seldom what they seem,” there are many others. What was that thing named “Affordable Care Act?” Oh. That. never mind. Just set everything to music that everyone can sing and hum — each in his own language, each in his own way — and all will be well.