By Todd Cefaratti
Editor of TPNN
As we gear up for Thanksgiving, we must remember to take care of certain outstanding items on our to-do list. Pick up a turkey- check. Bake a pumpkin pie- check. Pay for 42.2 million Americans’ Thanksgiving feast- check.
Yes, that’s right. Welcome to Obama’s America, where the largest number ever on food stamps will be out spending “free” money on Thanksgiving.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, 42.2 million Americans are on the SNAP Program- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the politically-correct label for food stamps.
For a sense of contrast and to understand the momentum of the advancing welfare state, note that in 2008, America spent $39 billion on food stamps. Currently, we spend $81 billion on food stamps with next year projected to be $82 billion.
Earlier this year, attempts were made to add amendments to the farm bill and try and curb federal food stamp spending. However, it was killed in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
America has a spending problem. It’s not that I don’t understand that times are tough. However, government spending has run amok and, as we head towards the fiscal cliff, the solutions coming from the left is to tax the producers of society even more in an attempt to save ever-increasing welfare spending. This model is entirely unsustainable.
Our government needs to focus on solutions. A welfare state does not and cannot work. More people than ever are on food stamps this holiday season- that should tell liberals something about the economic policies of the last four years.