You might want to sit down for this one--welfare recipients might not be spending their handouts on nutritious meals and infant formula. I know, big surprise. One wonders what you can buy at a 7-Eleven with the "now accepting WIC cards" poster that could possibly be good for you.
However, progressives keep telling us that welfare is essential to keep people from starving in the streets, etc. etc., even though the biggest health problems facing the "poor" are obesity and diabetes. Their zeal for these social programs certainly couldn't have to do with their love for wealth redistribution or a cynical attempt to buy votes with taxpayer dollars, could it...
Not even the beneficiaries of progressive largesse are convinced that they need it.
How out of control is it? Taxpayers spend $80 billion on the SNAP program to benefit 21 million households, or over $300 per month per household--just to make sure they don't starve. That's an entire month's grocery bill for a family of four, courtesy of those of you who pay taxes.
If the household has an infant or pregnant mother, throw in another $70/month with WIC to buy formula and diapers.
Throw in another $500 a month with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("temporary" in this case meaning 5 years, or $30,000), and you're raking in nearly a thousand dollars a month for doing nothing! Of course, this doesn't count Medicaid enrollment, which pays your medical bills, housing help, unemployment, disability, or state and local assistance.
If someone played his cards right, he'd make, who knows, $40K a year for doing nothing but filling out paperwork for government programs?
It's comes as no shock to learn that these programs aren't helping people stay off the streets so much as its paying for their cell phone bills and big-screen TVs.
But don't feel bad for the government--they don't even care where the money is going, or they know and they're hiding it. According to a Washington Times article from this week.
To put the waste in perspective, the