Without it, low and no-income families don’t have the means to get the nutrition and quality of food they need. The United States should continue this program because it is solving some of the problems poverty and hunger present. SNAP also allows people of all socioeconomic classes to have the same spending capacity when purchasing groceries, and that means a lot for the less
However, as people always do, some manage to find their way around this problem and sell their debit cards for 50 cents on the dollar for cash (Roskin et al, 273). So how much of our taxes do these food stamp “traffickers” (USDA) rob us of? In 2012, approximately $80 billion was poured into the SNAP (Burke) and according to the USDA, a little over one percent of food stamp funds is misused. This sounds insignificant but that comes out to 800 million of taxpayer dollars. Hardly a trifle amount.
First, class segregation is a big deal in determining who agrees with the food stamp rules and who doesn’t. Of course, the rich and privileged are going to be upset about food stamp users buying certain things. A commonly used argument is : “Why don’t they get off their butts and work for it. I have had to work for what I have, so should they. My taxes should not be going towards the lazy buying extra, not needed things.”
I am not saying we should get rid of food stamps. We should require able-bodied people without any dependents to work for Food Stamps. When this happened in Maine and Kansas the number of spending and people jurassicly decreased. Food Stamps is just another system that people can use to get something for free by scamming the system. This reform in food stamps would 1: Lower the spending on Food Stamps.
The United States Government Should Stop Giving Food Stamp to Families with Kids Food stamp law were passed by the president franklin Roosevelt’s in the depression era to support families with low resources. According to the article, “food stamps have contributed to an overly dependent underclass”, that about 41.8 million Americans are on food stamps, and 43 million will be soon getting food stamps every month. U.S have to kind of people, one who likes to work and spend the own money, the other one are Who likes to live by the government, who support them. The hard working is supporting the lazy people in America just because they have nobody help. The government should stop giving food stamp to single mother or father, who have kids.
Over 35.4 percent of the United States is registered for welfare. An average family of four, that receives money from the government, can expect as least $500 in food stamps, and at least another $1,500 for whatever else, and top it all off, the government pays all bills and also for any medical visits for the family. So
The total annual cost of food stamp program $69,800,000,000. Now, these social welfare programs are not a total complete failure they indeed do play a significant role in todays economy. If you were to eliminate these programs a countries economy would suffer because what taxpayers don't take into consideration is that if you have these high unemployment rate and homeless people and not providing them with some sort of assistance, there is going to have less consumer, and if there is less consumer, companies wont be making enough money to provide jobs, and if there is no workers companies wont be producing. So eventually the unemployment rate will increase even higher and economy will drop immensely. The social welfare programs help stabilize the government and prevent economical problems like the “great depression.”
There have been SNAP beneficiaries accused of cheating the system by receiving a greater benefit or exchanging SNAP benefits for cash. The highest payment accuracy that SNAP reached was at 96.19% in 2012 according to the USDA analysis. As we all know it is illegal to trade SNAP benefits for cash, but it still happens and attracts attention to many. Therefore, fraud and abuse in SNAP benefits will always be a political factor that has made Congress improve The Agriculture Act of 2014 SNAP program by reducing fraud which actually has happened because in 2014 fraud rates has been at its lowest. On the other hand, a major economical factor that has influenced the development of The Agriculture Act of 2014 SNAP program would be the implementation of slashing SNAP benefits which will have an affect many vulnerable citizens in the United States.
However, individually, people do not make profit while being assisted by welfare, the needy are simply being supported for a short period of time and according to their current income rates. Source A says " People received an average of $404 a month in food stamps, SSI benefits, TANF, or general assistance.” (Source A). With this information one might think that this is a large sum of money to receive monthly, but when you have no other source of income how are you able to live a healthy and stable life… you cannot. Source A also explains that, “Those who qualified for SSI (which primarily supports people who are disabled and can’t work) received the most on average — $698 per month.”
Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer prizewinning books and “Prudence or Cruelty” was feature in the New York Times in 2013. In “Prudence or Cruelty” it discuss the potential of ridding our society of food stamps to help boost our economy. Children everyday wonder when, not what, their next meal will be. As sad as it sounds, but “5 percent of American households have very low food security” (Kristof 172). This basically means the household can run out of food whenever, and this usually leads to a parent not eating to make sure their kids have enough to eat.
The Food Stamp Program (FSP) was developed and initiated in 1939 by Secretary of Agriculture, Henry Wallace. The FSP was initially developed to address the access food surplus after the economic conditions of the Great Depression. “It was first implemented in
While Camilla Lewis from Smith’s paper can relate to that “cheapness” she is forced to feed her two-year-old son processed foods, even though he has a digestive illness, she is left with no option except “low-priced items like chicken nuggets and instant mashed potatoes” (as cited in Smith, 2014). “Neglecting the inequalities that exist at the local level cannot only fail to solve existing problems but engender new ones” (Smirl4). Comparing the two leads me to believe that some families wouldn’t pursue a choice like Lewis’, that some would use the money out of their own pocket. Stephon Johnson (2013), a man who wrote about millions of New Yorkers facing food stamp cuts stated, “An average family of three will lose twenty-nine dollars a month.” Twenty-nine dollars may not seem like a lot, but if your already living paycheck to paycheck that money may be the difference of keeping your lights on.
Welfare dependence creates behavioral poverty. Perhaps President Franklin D. Roosevelt said it best: “Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” To become comfortable relying on the work of others instead of your own work will change your character, and the character of the nation. Americans want to give everyone a helping hand, but hand-holding year after year, generation after generation, patronizes, corrodes, entraps.
Welfare America, home of the brave, the free, and the blessed! In this country many programs have been established to help those in need. One of these programs is welfare. Welfare is a public assisting aid, which gives citizens who live in the minimal level of poverty free money. This program is funded from the taxes payed by all working Americans.
The issue has arrived concerning the definition of “junk” food and whether or not the government should be able to control it. The committee seeks to prevent the nation from falling into this trap of confusion. The topic of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP has been a recent issue and we as a committee seek to address it. The major question is, Should the government be able to control what people buy or do not buy with food stamps? As a chairperson of the United States Department of Agriculture exploratory committee, we would like to present our information.