The Washington Post runs a 5-page report on the efforts undertaken by food stamp recruiters to coax people into signing up for taxpayer financed benefits. Potential recipients are lured with free food, gift packages for themselves and even their pets, and told “you deserve it.” Some states host SNAP-themed bingo games, others distribute fliers that read: “Be a patriot. Bring your food stamp money home.” Still other states throw food stamp parties where new recipients sign up en masse at the gift giveaway tables. Recruiters, functioning as commission sales reps, actually have quotas to fill — at least 150 new people a month. It matters not that one Florida husband and wife, just completing nine holes of golf — clubs still on their cart — showed up and were signed up.
To help enroll more seniors, the government has even published an outreach guide instructing on “blending compassion with sales techniques,” generating some — but not enough — protests in Congress. The guide teaches recruiters how to “overcome the word ‘no,’” even suggesting answers for likely hesitations:
Embarrassment: “Everyone needs help now and then.”
Sense of failure: “Lots of people, young and old, are having financial difficulties.”
Today, nearly 50 million Americans now rely on what was previously known as food stamps, now going by the snappy acronym of SNAP for ‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.’ In Florida alone, enrollment has risen from 1.45 million people in 2008 to 3.35 million in 2012.
As the Obama regime furloughs FAA traffic controllers and cancels school childrens’ planned trips to the White House under the politically machinated sequestration strategy, ask yourself why taxpayer’s dollars are paying recruiters to expand programs that are already costing more than the economy can bear?
It was disgusting to read that the Boston Marathon bombers — whose next target was to be New York’s Times Square — and their families received welfare benefits, among the one in six Americans currently on the dole. In Britain, most terrorists turn out to be welfare recipients. Being unemployed, they have time on their hands to become radicalized and plan acts of violence. One U.K. extremist Islamic imam, who praises terror attacks, urged his followers to think of welfare benefits as a form of the jizya tax non-believers are supposed to pay Muslims – or, as he put it, “a Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.” Human Events reports here.
Redistribution has always been part of Obama’s Marxist mindset. Speaking at a conference at Loyola University in 1998, he admits, “I actually believe in redistribution.” Now as president, he is implementing that which was so near and dear to the hearts of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in their Communist Manifesto, as they advocated the incentive busting, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
American Thinker clearly defines what the phrase “redistribution of wealth” actually means to the future of America.