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Subsidized Food Programs: 100 Million Americans

Written by Gary North on July 15, 2013

You may have heard that 47 million Americans are on food stamps, or as they call it these days, SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But wait! There’s more!

What about subsidized lunches for children? Add 32 million.

What about school breakfast programs? What about WIC — Women, Infants, and Children?

Don’t forget snacks at day care centers.

Then there is the Special Milk Program for schools and a Summer Food Service Program. When schools close, the subsidies still flow.

There is a pattern here: agriculture wins. But the small farmer, in whose name the farm subsidy programs exist, disappeared after World War II. Only 2% of Americans live on farms.

Then who wins? Agribusiness. Conagra. Archer-Daniels-Midland. The big boys.

These programs never shrink. They always grow.

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15 thoughts on “Subsidized Food Programs: 100 Million Americans

  1. One of our illustrious represenitives? quoted from the Bible he other day. "To whom much is given, much is required." I'll agree that is true, What I want to know is, "when are all of these people who are getting food stamps, going to give something back to the system.?

  2. Sure sounds a very depressing country to have to survuve in, the Grand Ole USA………………………sounds worse than most African countries

  3. King David ll says:

    and, the only concellation is, when the federal government, the islamic marxist government of obama and the new world order, has taken complete control, the food stamps will disappear and the useful idiots become slaves to the one world government, the U.N., what a wonderful future for the greatest nation ever to exist. Pray and Pray for deleverance.

  4. David in MA says:

    They do: Crime, Illigetimate babies, overburden the health system, Drugs……everything the working poor, who support these slugs, has little time for due to working for a living, theirs and the slugs…..happy with that islamic marxist yet?

  5. David in MA says:

    Friend, America has become another uganda, kenya or somulia, happy with the "Black Government" now?
    America has become black ruled and this is how black rulers rule, threats, witholding of goods, fuel, etc.
    Gee, is everyone happy with the first black prez.? Better be he intends to remain as a dick taster, (ooop's, dictator), for life…happy, happy, happy………………..NOT!

  6. WatchTheBirdie says:

    Excellent article. This explains why Walmart has rolled over on Obamacare and is now a friend of this Administration. A tremendous percentage of Walmart's revenues come from SNAP and other government checks, so it's not just big agriculture that's making the bucks from this, it's big retail. What a mess we've created. The communists have control and we never saw it coming.

  7. noNameToday says:

    ok, going to give something back to the system???
    " When pigs fly !"

    Read more: http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/07/15/subsidize

  8. Sure, only 2% of Americans live on farms, but that's still a lot of people, and they're the ones getting screwed by Agribusiness.

    If you want people off food stamps / SNAP, raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $10-$12/hour (or even $15, which studies have shown would have virtually no effect on businesses' profitability) instead. Keeping the minimum wage down where it currently is forces people onto assistance programs, and Walmart and their ilk are the true beneficiaries.

  9. Raising the minimum wage will create more unemployment and surely swell the roles of assistance programs. See one of Gary's articles here: http://teapartyeconomist.com/2012/06/13/democrats

  10. Texas Chris says:

    I prefer what Paul says:

    "He who does not work, does not eat."

  11. . . . . and, as I understand it, the “farm bill” supports food prices so poor consumers have to pay more for their groceries, whether it be in cash or food stamps. Seems like our omnipotent and omniscient Government both giveth and taketh away — while BigAgra laughs all the way to the bank.

  12. Shane, please do a bit more reading at this site and others like it. You will find that minimum wage laws are a large part of the problem and NOT the solution.

  13. Another trait of African rulers is their ignorance of unalienable, individual rights. How racist of me to lump O. into the African category? O. himself at least SEVEN times has left ‘our maker’ out of the Dec. of Indep. and has run down the way the Constitution uses a negative inclusion of rights. He ignores the rule of law. He acts like a dictator over rightless masses…”Dreams FROM my Father” the Kenyan.

  14. What liberals made those studies?

  15. Bob Marshall says:

    " I am for doing good to the poor, but,,,i think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed … that the more the public provisions were made for the poor, the less, they became poorer. and. on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." Benjamin Franklin. Goal 30.(45 Communist goals to Take Control of America) Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the 'common man." it seem few American citizens are aware of the book, The Naked communist and the listed 45 communist goals and how they have successfully carried out 40 of these 45 goals. Where we were a nation who gave people a hand up the government gives handouts.