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The growing social costs of welfare and entitlement fraud

Income inequality seems to be all the rage today. But left unsaid is the growing social costs of welfare and entitlement fraud. According to the U.S. government’s own estimates, 5.2 percent ($98.7 billion) of its social program payments are “improper”, meaning that the payment went to the wrong person, the payment amount was incorrect, there Continue Reading

Maine threatened for requiring photo IDs for food stamps

Recently the US Department of Agriculture sent a threatening letter to the State of Maine about their requirement that food stamp recipients show a photo ID. Maine is attempting to curb food stamp abuse by this requirement. But the entire Obama administration is obsessed with the use of photo identification for any number of tasks. Continue Reading

Congress Simply Can’t Resist Pork Spending

Today, the House passed the massive new Farm Bill with the Senate expected to pass this monstrosity in the next several days. After almost two years of hearings, negotiations and horse trading the current bill is almost the same as past bills. It’s good to be a farmer. Let’s take a look at the current Continue Reading

Fraud at the USDA

The conventional thinking is that most of the fraud that takes place at the USDA is related to the food stamp program but a July report from the Office of the Inspector General paints a different picture. According to the Inspector General’s investigation, 10 cases involving USDA programs have wrapped up in the past two Continue Reading

Welcome to the Food Stamp Nation

Federal expenditures on the food stamp program continues to rise to record levels. During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011.  (Fiscal year 2012 ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.) In total, nearly Continue Reading

A Cornucopia of Waste in the 2012 Farm Bill

The 2012 Farm Bill is still unresolved by the Congress. Each chamber has a bill but the bills differ in size and scope. Each bill is a cornucopia of waste, the majority of which is for various food stamp programs. The House Farm Bill adds up to $957 billion in spending over 10 years, $756 billion Continue Reading

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