We have hit a new low ladies and gentleman. Our very own Department of Agriculture is actively trying to push more and more people into the food stamp program, or SNAP. The reason? They think it is an economic stimulus! Only Paul Krugman could be proud of such a stupidity. From the USDA’s website:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the Nation’s nutrition safety net and an investment in our future. The FSP offers the opportunity for improved nutrition and progress toward economic self-sufficiency for participants. Even a small increase in SNAP participation can have a substantial economic impact since every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in additional community spending.
But wait, it gets even better. They also suggest Americans throw food stamp parties to encourage their neighbors to sign up. Also from the USDA:
Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle.
Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and
provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game
format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a “true/false” quiz is
fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.