Food Stamps:You Want Fries With That?

Judicial Watch


A government entitlement program heavily promoted by the Obama Administration
to eradicate “food insecure households” is doling out so much money that a
growing number of private businesses are competing for a piece of the lucrative

At stake are nearly $65 billion distributed annually to food-stamp recipients
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The number has skyrocketed in the
last few years (from $28.5 billion in 2005 to $64.7 billion in 2010) in part
because the Obama Administration has spent millions
of dollars to recruit
more participants and reduce the “stigma” associated
with food stamps,even as the number surged without taxpayer-funded publicity

Obama’s Agriculture
Secretary,Tom Vilsack
,claims that increasing
the number of food-stamp recipients actually helps the economy
communities and creates jobs. The USDA has cited some unknown “research” that
shows every $5 in new food-stamp benefits actually generates as much as $9 in
economic activity. The source of the research has never been revealed by the

Now so many people get food stamps in the U.S. that a growing number
of businesses—including gas stations,dollar discount stores and pharmacies—are
accepting them,according to a national newspaper
Even restaurants,which don’t participate in the program,are fighting
for a piece of the action,according to federal lobbying records cited in the



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