Sunday, March 3, 2013
RT America: Video: Liz Wahl: Food Stamp Use Hits Record Levels: How to Deal With Poverty in America
A big part of our current poverty situation now twice the size of our official unemployment rate. Both the official poverty and unemployment rates in the United States. Has to do with the Great Recession which ended in the summer of 2009 but the effects of it are still being felt. Almost four years later especially by Americans who weren't doing very well prior to the Great Recession but perhaps at least had a job at that point. But add the Great Recession to these issues, now we have people in poverty doing worse but perhaps not even working now. And then you add people who are educated and in the middle class as late as 2008. Now having to use public assistance like SNAP which is food assistance in this country for people who can't. Afford to buy enough food to eat and we've seen this program grow by leaps and bounds perhaps the largest growing social insurance program in the Federal Government. Because it benefits Americans who are unemployed but who are also not working as a result and we've see fraud in. This program grow as well.
And the way to combat these issues which would also help us pay down our debt and deficit. Is simply to have fewer people on these programs and that might mean kicking people off of them. Who've simply committed fraud, like selling their cars for the money and then reporting their cars. Stolen so they can have money to buy another car or simply pocket that money or at least sanctioning these people. So this type of fraud is not committed again, which would be my suggestion unless they are career criminals or something. But long term the best way to have fewer people collecting from these programs, is to have more skilled workers in this country. Especially amongst the unemployed but also low income workers so we don't have as many people who need to use these programs.
A good way to cut your debt and deficit and to cut fraud in the government. When it comes to public assistance, is simply to have less people collecting from those programs. Not simply by just kicking them off but empowering them to be able to work themselves off of these programs. And that gets to things like education, job training and job placement.