No doubt there will be some pain involved, but let's look at the whole picture. Our country is broke and we keep putting more and more people on the dole while the poor shrinking middle class, if it still exists, is taking fire from all directions. It is time for the country to stand up, apply some common sense, and start cutting back on the pork coming out of DC and not the good pork produced by American farmers.
Today we have approximately fifty million Americans on food stamps; this number has increased dramatically since President Obama took office.. Many, of course, need assistance but many more are able to draw from this program through fraud and corruption. Since food stamps currently are tied directly to agriculture legislation even though they really don't belong under the Agriculture Department, outlays just continue to grow as does the incentive for people to get on assistance along with the large farm corporations. We must stop the madness.
Pulling food stamps out of the agriculture bill will help. The Agriculture Department was never intended to be a welfare activity and that's what it has become. Food stamps need to be carried as an appropriation against WELFARE, then the budget will truly reflect what they are and maybe, just maybe, Americans will clearly see the game that Washington is playing with us.
And shame on Big Agriculture, you know, the large firms like Monsanto and others who continually line up at the public trough. I worry about the small family farmers, but not the "Big Boys". They are showing themselves to be just like so many large corporations these days, crony capitalists first and Americans second if at all. Many are just internationalists these days with allegiance to know one but their bottom line. Let's get them under control now.
If we Americans are going to turn this country around we have got to get spending under control and food stamps are one of the places to start. Read my earlier post about being fat and I think you will see where I am going with this (July 9th entry). Watch the crowd with the EBT cards and you'll know what I mean. Fat, dumb and happy sometimes seems to be the way it is in America these days and that is often true with all the companies lining up at the public trough as well.
Sorry if this has offended anyone but sometimes the truth just hurts. It will, however, set you free and we all need to be free. Stand tall for what you know is right, not the convenient or easy way out. And may God help you today and always.