Americans’ Growing Dependency on Food Stamps

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Americans’ growing dependency on Food Stamps, written the week of 3/02/12, asks the question “are we feeding the hungry, breeding dependency, or both?” Food Stamps are form of aid to help people with low income provided by the government. Food stamps were changed in 2004 in favor of plastic debit cards that are refilled electronically each month. In 2008 the government renamed the program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. This program has become a political turning point because GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said in January that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any other president in American history. In 2008, before Obama took office, about 28 million people received food stamps; this number has grown at a steady pace over the last decade and grew by a higher percentage during the George W. Bush’s administration than it has under Obama’s so far. The recession caused a large part of expansion as well as millions of people losing their jobs in the past four years. Some 15% of which is defined as $19,090.00 per year for a family of three. The average food stamp household does not receive enough money because food stamp spending adds up. Children, teens, senior citizens, and people with disabilities qualify for food stamps. Four out of 10 SNAP households have a family member with a job and another person with wages so low that the household still qualifies. The program is not without fraud. Some food stamp recipients have been caught trading food stamps for cash and others were using two names for double benefits. Even though individuals have been disqualified, fraud still costs the program about 750 million a year. There have been new tests that republicans are calling for and Florida has passed a new law that recipients should be drug tested, which is being challenged in court. These changes to the system will not significantly reduce eligibility roles, the cost, or the problem of...
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