Aug 18, 2010

Congressional Shenanigans, Taking From the Food Stamp Program to Pay for Their Programs

Russell Berman, in a recent article in THE HILL, reports that the legislation proudly pushed through Congress as “Not adding to the deficit” has actually done so by tapping funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or commonly called the food stamp program.

”The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week.”

The cuts he refers to is for Michelle Obama’s $8 billion child-nutrition bill. Since it is not considered emergency legislation it needs to have its’ funding defined in the bill. The bill is at the center of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative and the people that want it pushed through don’t want to take the time to establish a new tax to cover its cost. Congress has so over used the concept of taxing-the-rich, they propose taking the money from food stamps.

When the Food Stamp Program runs short on funds they will push through emergency legislation to cover the short fall and will blame the Republicans for not caring for the poor if they balk. Emergency legislation does not need to specify where the money is coming from and is just added to the deficit. That way they will be able to pass their pet projects and appear to be doing only what is necessary.

There is a real need by the states to find addition funds to cover their lack of discipline. The state aid bill has been called a union bailout bill because the funds are designated to support the wage levels and jobs of state unionized workers. But why did they need some money for Medicaid? Could it be that they are just replacing funds to Medicaid that they pillaged to cover the cost of one of their other initiatives. And so it goes, what we don’t know won’t hurt us.

Last week I watched a Democrat Senator tell Cavuto that the State Aid Bill does not add a penny to the deficit and that there is even some extra in it to pay the deficit down. Remember this the next time you hear any of our Proud Elected Officials brag about anything. Not once has this been brought out in any of the discussions before the bill was passed.

Link to Mr. Bermans’ article: Dems may use food stamp money to pay for Michelle Obama's nutrition initiative


Jeff said...

The best part is that companies are borrowing U.S. Dollars at near zero rates and spending the money on expanding overseas operations.