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Welfare State of Mind: Biden Admin Increases SNAP Benefits, Costs Taxpayers Billions.

Food Stamps are Used by 12% of the U.S. Population


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For the first time in more than 40 years, the monthly food stamp allowance will increase by 30% for nearly 42 million Americans. Recipients can expect an extra $36.24 a month (or about $1.19 a day). Updates to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps) are made by the Department of Agriculture and do not need to go through Congress.

If you’re playing the home game, that’s billions in spending every year that Congress DID NOT approve. What good is the power of the purse if it can be so easily circumvented?

“Ensuring low-income families have access to a healthy diet helps prevent disease, supports children in the classroom, reduces health-care costs and more,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. “And the additional money families will spend on groceries helps grow the food economy, creating thousands of new jobs along the way.”

Whether or not you buy into the idea that a welfare increase will help grow the food economy and create jobs is beside the point. What needs to be discussed is the irresponsible way the Biden administration is throwing money around – it’s a spending spree.

“If the Democratic Party gets its way, the federal government will soon add more than $4.1 trillion in spending to the $1.9 trillion it authorized in March,” says Charles C.W. Cooke in an op-ed for USA Today. “The federal government will have authorized nearly 1 1/2 times more in spending during the first eight months of Joe Biden’s presidency than it spent in all of 2019.”

The federal government’s debt is higher than at any point since World War II; it’s larger than the entire U.S. economy.

According to the Daily Mail, “In 2019, the year before the pandemic, SNAP participation had dropped to roughly 36 million people, costing US taxpayers about $63.5 billion. In fiscal year 2020, the cost rose to $85.6 billion.

And we’re only going up from here.

[h/t USA Today, Daily Mail]