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Food Stamps Show Runaway Growth

Recorded on June 14, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Congress calls it the farm bill, but four-fifths of it is food stamps, which now cost over $80-billion a year.

About 45-million Americans—one in seven of us—receive food stamps. That's twice as many as when President Obama took office. But it's not because things are twice as bad . And unemployment has not doubled like food stamps have.

Instead, eligibility has been loosened. Now applicants don't have to prove need, and their income usually goes unchecked. Only rarely is fraud pursued, even though it costs us several billion dollars a year.

Some in Congress want to reduce food stamps down to their pre-Obama levels. But those efforts have been defeated when brought to a vote.

So if someone tells you we cannot cut spending, you tell them that runaway growth of food stamps costs us tens of billions of dollars each year.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.