Now, over 20% of Americans rely on the government for some type of assistance. Over 47 million people reported receiving food stamps in March of 2013. In fact, food stamp recipients outnumber the people in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
With so many programs in place to keep people receiving benefits, there is less and less motivation for them to get off of the system. Considering the government refuses to allow jobs to be created, many are forced on to food stamps and are economically stuck.
The end result, of course, is that the average, working taxpayer is stuck to foot the bill with funds withdrawn from their wages to support these programs. This is all part of the plan — create more economic division, more poverty, more desperation, and more resentment.
The availability of food stamps in many states is as easy and meeting a certain income requirement and filling out paperwork. A program designed to aid people in receiving the most basic of human necessities is often seen as a way to get something for nothing.
People often stay on these programs for years at a time because it’s a free service that is as easy as filling out paperwork. The qualifications continue to lower, and it’s becoming easier to obtain food stamps.
Food stamps were intended only to be used for basic food items to supplement a tight budget. Food stamps can now be used to be things that are luxury items. It’s becoming common to see signs at convenience stores that say “EBT Accepted.”
Fraud is another issue that is plagues the food stamp system. Struggling families often sell EBT cards for cash to buy other items. For example, an EBT card with $400 worth of food benefits may sell on the street for $200 cash.
The intended recipient keeps the cash while someone else is shopping at a discounted rate, courtesy of the U.S. government. Fraud is the biggest problem facing EBT benefits.
A system that is so easy to obtain and defraud will not encourage people to ever stop doing it.