Food-stamp spending for fiscal-year 2012 reached a new record high: $80.4 billion, beating the previous record, of 2011, by $2.7 billion.
As of January 4, 2013, 47.5 million people are on food stamps. This means that the average monthly paycheck received by those on food stamps is $1,692.
One-thousand six-hundred and ninety-two. Nobody’s monthly grocery expenses need to be that high. Nobody’s monthly grocery expenses should be that high. That’s obscene.
I live in a household of two, and our monthly grocery bill is somewhere between $200 and $300. Together, we don’t make much money. We accept that and therefore do a lot of shopping for generic-brand food and soup-eating (I think I may single-handedly support the Nongshim ramen company).
But let’s go with the liberal estimate and say that the two people in my household need a total of $300’s worth of food per month. That means that the real current average monthly food-stamp allotment is befitting for families of 11 members or more. This is assuming that they spend their food-stamp money prudently. And shouldn’t they? If they are so poor that they need taxpayer assistance, shouldn’t they be frugal?
Another thing: Why are you having nine kids (nine kids plus two parents equals eleven members) when you know you can’t afford it?
I used to be on food stamps, I am not afraid to admit (though it was embarrassing each time I used it at the checkout counter). Some people need food stamps. But it should only be a temporary solution. As Ronald Reagan said, “I think the best possible social program is a job.” So once I got a better-paying job and could afford to go off of food stamps, I did.
This news of record food-stamp spending comes off the back of another story about people using food stamps to buy liquor, sex toys, and lap dances at strip clubs, which is just mind-bogglingly irresponsible.
If these people are going to use the money of others under the pretense that they’ll use it to buy food to help them stay alive, and then they go use that money for anything other than food, that money needs to be taken away from them immediately. It is clear that they either do not really need the extra food money or that they don’t value their own living circumstances. In either case, it is no longer any of my business or concern.