I wasn’t even going to mention this but now Mike Huckabee had to make everyone crazy by saying something.I strongly dislike Mike Huckabee and wish he would just go be a preacher in some backwoods town and leave the politics to smart people.Well…smarter people. It’s been my personal policy to not address food stamp fraud. The amount of fraud that happens is very small and a myth exaggerated time and time again by the people I like to call Food Stamp Haters. But since Huckabee has his troops riled, I’ll say something here.
Earlier this week, there was a pseudo-news article about Jamaicans sending food purchased with food stamps to relatives back home in the Caribbean. It’s been circulated by Conservative blogs and facebook pages.
It’s this “$2,000 worth of food” that has people flippin’. The source of the information is a cashier in a supermarket. Not a reliable source, yet someone politicians go to for basing opinions on food stamps. Wisconsin Governor Scott walker used conversations with cashiers at a grocery store for the basis of his junk food bill.
The article actually says:
Last week, a woman stuffed dozens of boxes of macaroni and evaporated milk into a barrel headed for her family in Kingston, Jamaica. She said she didn’t have welfare benefits and bought the food herself.
“This is all worth more than $2,000,” she said. “I’ve been shopping since last December. You can help somebody else, someone who doesn’t live in this country.”
The idea that people are using EBT to fill these barrels came from a cashiers. If someone comes through their line and uses their EBT card to buy food, that is the end of their factual information about that food. It goes home with the person. End of story. Cashiers don’t know for certain where that food ends up.
Even if they are filling barrels gradually while also feeding their low income families, it’s going to take months to fill that barrel. I am a NY resident who receives food stamps. For my family of seven, we receive $604 per month. I cook frugally and still don’t make it through the month w/out running out of SNAP funds sometimes.
I’m just saying here…it’s not like people on food stamps are living better than most. People need to keep their panties in a twist over more pressing matters right now. The outrage over this is almost funny to me. It just proves that “they” don’t want to feed people, which is always a wrong opinion to me. They claim to be pissed off that US Tax Dollars are being sent outside of the U.S. but it’s really more like, “They’re sending U.S. tax dollars outside of the U.S. to feed people ! We don’t even like to feed Americans!”. Gee wilikers, we can’t use the government money to feed people. We need that money for wars and stuff.
I have the perfect solution to make this situation all legit. We can just bring all the relatives living in the Caribbean to the United States to live. They can become citizens and get minimum wage paying jobs and qualify for food stamps of their very own! Would that be better?