Government Data, Statistics and Subsidies

1E632D1EDDA8476491184135AEC3A7What is wrong with helping people get food?  Food is a necessity for survival.  People generally want and need food to nourish their body.  Don’t come around me when I am starving – if you do, it will be at your own risk as I charge for the refrigerator growling something likely unutterable.   Nothing is wrong with getting food stamps, unless it’s costing taxpayers to the sweet tune of $114 billion dollars.

I have known of people who are on food stamps because they don’t want to work, and by not working they can get all sorts of government benefits, including food stamps.  Single mothers who temporarily move out of a parent’s home to ensure they get the food stamps, and then promptly move back home.

As I was waiting in line at the grocery store, the cashier was engaging in a delightful conversation with the customer in front of me and sharing how she gets $700 of food stamps per month!  “Well I do have four children…” was her response to the astonishment of the customer in front of me.  On a positive note, at least she was working!  $700 a month seems very steep to me.  Do you know how much food I could buy with $700?    Maybe not a lot of premixed and premade food, but I definitely could buy plenty of food and staples for that amount of money.

Allow me to clarify myself here.  I am not opposed to people needing genuine help.  I get that – there are folks who have real needs and are doing what they can to survive and become independent productive members of society.

Many school districts have a summer feeding program.  The summer feeding program allows anyone to walk into the school between certain hours of the day and get a free meal.  On that note, I know of several families who live in rather large homes, drive brand spanking new cars, wear the latest in fashion, and are always going away on family trips and, yes, they qualify for free breakfast and lunch at school!  Can you explain that to me please?

Who is getting part of the 114 billion dollars for food subsidies?  Glad you asked me.  One third (1/3) of the American people are receiving food benefits of some type.  Some (not all of course) of those folks are like the teenage girl who has three children before she is 20 years old, and they all have different dads. I know young girls who are in that situation, and you likely do too.  I am not condemning these girls and lambasting them—I just want them to accept responsibility for their actions, and providing constant government assistance is not the answer.

Two thirds (2/3) of working Americans are supporting the other 1/3.  Something is drastically wrong with that picture and why is this not reported on the mainstream media?

Disability payouts also fall into the “scam” category.   Through the years some people have learned that to not work and receive a disability check each month is less strenuous than working and receiving a paycheck.  Of course there are legitimate situations where people cannot work to earn money, but too many people have manipulated the system to get a “free ride”.

Some pathetic individuals are constantly not going to work due to some “injury” or “ailment” and investing time in the doctor’s office for a reason to not work.  Later on in the same day, or week, the same person is hustling to the store, or going to “hit the beach”, or engage in some other relaxing activity – the bars, the mall, or stay home watching television.  Better yet are the people who are healthy in their home or in a social setting; walking with a skip in their step and enjoying life to the hilt.  Yet see them in the store, at the school, the doctor’s office, or any other everyday activity and they’re walking with a walker or in a wheelchair, because they “are in too much pain to work”.  Yes, the doctors who treat these patients are also to blame for the current situation.  Most of us know of a doctor who is well known for giving the patient what they want because, “Medicaid will pay for it”…

Stats:  “The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,962,532 million in April, which exceeds the 10,815,197 people who live in the nation of Greece.”   Let me repeat that, the number of folks in the U.S collecting a disability check from the government surpasses, is greater than, and is more than the number of folks living in the country of Greece!

By the year 2033, the ratio for each beneficiary will be 2:1, down from the current 2:8 ratio.  This information comes from the social security site itself.

April 2013 set a record for disability payments.   For 195 consecutive months up to April 2013, the number of people collecting Federal disability checks has risen.   In other words, for 195 months, every month, the amount of people claiming disability to receive a check has increased every month!

Yet it is highly possible that by 2016, the resources that pay out the disability fund will have zilch in the budget.  Then what?

From 2007 until now, the amount of people claiming disability rose 23 percent.  That is a startling amount.  Why are more people becoming “disabled” with the inability to work?  Likely because they know the government will willingly pay out for them to stay home.

When the government is paying out benefits to large numbers of people, the people become puppets for the puppeteer.

Barbara Cook

Barbara J. Cook (Cookie) is enjoying living in the panhandle of Florida educating special needs children in a middle school (ask her about it sometime!). In order to de-stress, Barbara runs, reads, and writes, and yes, she cooks too: (that's another reason she runs!) She lives with her Mr. Cookie and chickens, dogs, cats and various others. Growing up in Europe as a child and spending several years as a military wife, Cookie learned to appreciate and respect diversity in people choosing to live by the phrase, agree to disagree. What is important to Cookie is family, faith, and fun. Cookie is involved in PolitiChicks because she says 'if we don't, who will?' Visit her website at: and

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