“I work hard everyday because millions of people on welfare depend on me”
oops seems today’s ‘lesson’ skipped over some things, no worries I got you.
Who pays for welfare programs?
Contrary to the popular perception that middle and upper classes — the better-off in short — of our society are taxed to provide welfare and support to the poor, it is actually the poor who are paying for the welfare programmes run for their benefit! x
On SNAP (Food Stamps)
Who’s receiving food stamps?
- 76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83% of all SNAP benefits. x
- About two-thirds of SNAP participants are children, elderly, or disabled, people for whom work requirements do not apply. Of all adult, nonelderly participants, 27.7% are employed and 24.5% are actively looking for work. x
Do people abuse SNAP?
- The national rate of food stamp trafficking declined from about 3.8 cents per dollar of benefits redeemed in 1993 to about 1.0 cent per dollar during the years 2006 to 2008. x
Do they receive too much assistance?
- SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month. 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month, and 58% of food bank clients currently receiving SNAP benefits turn to food banks for assistance at least 6 months out of the year. x
- The average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, or less than $1.50 per person, per meal. x
I’m ignorant and poor people scare me, why don’t take care of themselves?!
- SNAP already has strict time-limits for unemployed workers. Able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) may only receive 3 months of SNAP benefits during any 3 year period, unless they are working in a qualifying job training program. x
- The SNAP benefit formula is structured to provide a strong work incentive – for every additional dollar a SNAP participant earns, their benefits decline by about 24 to 36 cents, not a full dollar, so participants have a strong incentive to find work, work longer hours, or seek better-paying employment. x
- U.S. Department Of Agriculture: “Half Of All New Participants Will Leave The Program Within Nine Months.“ [Department Of Agriculture, May 2011] x
My favourite part is coming right up!
In fiscal year 2011, the federal government spent about $78 billion on SNAP, which represents approximately 2.11 percent of the $3.7 trillion total budget for the U.S. Furthermore, each dollar spent on SNAP generates $1.84 in economic activity, leading to increased productivity for our nation. In this way, SNAP helps maintain a demand for food and agricultural products, as well as jobs in those sectors, during a lagging economy. According to the Congressional Budget Office, SNAP is one of the most cost-effective of all available spending and tax options for boosting growth and jobs during an economic recession. x
Today’s lesson was brought to you by a brown Latina who doesn’t even live in the U.S.
Co-signing the above commentary, with an additional “Fuck you, we’re not ANIMALS, you moldy douche!” to the OP.