Posted by: Ann Corcoran | November 11, 2012

Food stamp use takes another leap upward; Obama Administration delayed release of numbers

Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps!  Looks like that might account for the largest percentage of Obama voters!  I wonder if anyone did any exit poll questions on welfare use, wouldn’t that be interesting information!

Here is the post from Zerohedge (emphasis mine):

While there had been speculation that the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) may delay the release of its October nonfarm payroll number until after the election, it turned out there was no reason to worry. Perhaps this is because the number, while at stall speed, was not quite as horrible as some had expected (even if the change in average hourly earnings did tumble to new all time lows) and so boosted Obama’s reelection chances. There was, however, another closely tracked number which perhaps is far more indicative of the economic “growth” in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The number of course is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month. This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August foodstamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. One can see why a reported surge in foodstamps ahead of the elections is something the USDA, and the administration may not have been too keen on disclosing.

What about the fraud?

In most of these discussions about the surge in food stamp usage, few mention the fraud.  I’m not talking about the two-bit fraud like buying items that aren’t allowed to be purchased with food stamps.  I’m talking about the big stuff—trading food stamps for cash.  It’s an issue I’ve been following for almost five years now.   Mostly immigrant run convenience stores buy stamps for fifty cents on the dollar giving cash to the beneficiary of the stamps, but then turning in the full dollar for reimbursement to the Dept. of Agriculture.

By the way, some of you may remember Hagerstown’s Mohammad Khan who did time (very little time) after being busted for running one of these operations at his Nadia Convenience Store on West Franklin Street.   He is out and paying restitution to the federal government by installment plan. I wondered why they didn’t make him sell his half a million dollar house to pay the feds (oops! taxpayers!) back.

It might well be called the redistribution of wealth and more and more people are catching on to the food stamp trafficking scam and want a piece of the action, so it might not be the case that larger numbers are necessarily falling into poverty.

p.s.  To make matters even worse, some of this taxpayer money is being redistributed to other countries!


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