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Samuel Adams

American Patriot & Politician

1722 - 1803

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
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Hot Issues From Linn County Iowa
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
To Stimulate or Not to Stimulate

Obama Ag Secretary says rise in food stamps is putting people to work

 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the Obama administration has a jobs program already in place — and it’s food stamps. When asked about new numbers that show one in every seven Americans now receiving food stamps from the federal government, Vilsack said that’s good news. Food stamps create jobs, Vilsack insisted, and managed to even come up with a new multiplier effect number:


So here’s the question. If food stamps create jobs, like Vilsack says here, and we’re putting record numbers of Americans on food stamps, then why aren’t we seeing record job creation? If every dollar spent on food stamps creates $1.84 in production, as Vilsack argues, and the number of food stamp recipients keeps rising, then why haven’t the GDP numbers reflected that fabulous growth?

The one little detail left out is the penalty we pay when we take money out of the general economy for a government program.

So for every dollar we spend it creates $1.84 in the economy?

If this were a Fairy Tale, the money would magically appear in the hands of the food stamp recipient.

But it is not a Fairy Tale the money comes from Tax Payers, nor is it Star Trek, Scotty does not beam the money into the hands of them either,

Funds for these programs must grind their way through the Federal Government and that is not without cost..

Take as an example the Cash for Clunkers Program, it gave out $4500 Tax Credits and the  Cost Per Car was $20,000, Round it up for each dollar in Tax Credits the Tax Payers shelled out 4 dollars.

If those same figures hold true for th eFood Stamp Program for each dollar sent out in Food Stamps we paid 4 dollars in over head.

So if that one dollar returned $1.84 in economic activity those same 5 dollars left in the hands of the Tax Payers would have returned  $9.20 in economic activity.  

Now I am not saying we should cut that program I AM saying that for each dollar spent there is a net loss to the economy of (using their figures) $7.36.

That is NOT something to Crow about.

But feeding American who have fallen on hard times is a much better use of Tax Payers money than the Program that was part of the Stimulas Bill that spent 2.6 Million Dollars to teach Chinese Prostitutes how to drink responsibly.

I doubt that stimulated our eonomy.  The only stimulas it could have produced would have been stimulating Chinese Johns,

Or maybe the administrators,  Who knows the Girls might have been grateful and expressed that in a tangible manner?

The picture of Government Agencys as Pimps I find somehow Apt.

They are after all into Tax Payer Bondage,



Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 3:59 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2011 4:10 AM CDT
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