"Food stamps" is a misnomer. Today, "low-income residents and families [who] buy the food they need for good health" use electronic benefits cards (EBCs) ostensibly to purchase healthy foods and necessities, including bread, fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture--which oversees the program--has no way of enforcing these rules.
So, what are all of those 47M "low-income residents and families" (note, not "citizens" but "residents and families") who use EBCs today (note, that's a 167% increase since President Obama took office in 2009 at a cost of $110B+/year to the federal government) purchasing with those EBCs? Here's some of the more interesting items:
- Fast food: Taco Bell and KFC accept EBCs.
- Bail: Convicted felons have used EBCas bail money because it'sdifficult to trace funds withdrawn from ATMs.
- Strip clubs: Food stamp recipients have made EBC withdrawals at ATMs near and inside strip clubs, porn shops, hookah parlors, and liquor stores.
- Lingere/shoes: Adult stores accept EBCs due to a discrepency in interpreting the law. Payless ShoeSource, despite higher prices than other shoe stores, accept EBCs.
- Lobster: EBC recipients are using their cards to purchase lobster at grocery stores.
- Starbucks (and K-Cups): Purchasing either (or both) at a grocery store or at Target is acceptable because coffee is considered a grocery item.
- Cash: Some EBC recipients sell their benefits for cash. Craigslist is a popular venue for making these transactions.
- Cupcakes/"Ace of Cake" Cakes: Cupcakes and gourmet cakes are "food" that EBCs can purchase, no matter the price.
- Marijuana: A neighborhood pot shop in Colorado called "Rite Greens" will accept EBC payments.
Those are some benefits, aren't they? To think the average taxpayer actually believes he or she is giving the poor among us what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calls a "hand up" (not a "hand out").
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Daily Caller article, click on the following link:
"11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy With Food Stamps."