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The economic miracle of food stamps

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is excited. He’s bullish on jobs. The reason is because the Administration has a fantastic job creation program already in place: Food Stamps. You see, 1 in 7 Americans are now on food stamps. And this triumph of the  American economy means more jobs for everyone. Having 14% of Americans receiving food stamps, you see, is an Administration economic success story!

Well, obviously, it’s putting people to work. Which is why we’re going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we’re going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country — something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.

Here’s the video of Sec. Vilsack’s exciting statement:

Why, I now wish I was on food stamps. Then every dollar I spent would add $1.84 to the economy. Unlike now.

I mean, sure if I was some sort of racist doubter, I might wonder why, as food stamp use has increased over the past couple of years, GDP growth has declined or been very anemic. I might wonder why, if I was cynical and racist, huge increases in unemployment and millions added to the food stamp rolls were formerly a sign of economic failure, not a jobs program to be touted.

But I’ve learned so much in the past day! I’ve learned that increasingly large rolls of unemployment recipients, and an increasingly large population of food stamp recipients grow the economy and create jobs. I’ve learned that these are signs of success rather than failure. I’ve learned that if every American was on Food Stamps, we’d grow the economy by 84%. I’ve learned we have always been at war with Eastasia.

Learning is fun.

I now hate all of you who use your un-American paychecks to by food with your un-American earnings, instead of helping the economy out by getting food stamps. Now I know you hate America. And freedom.

By the way, I’ve started picking up these odd radio signals  from somewhere in the vicinity of Fomalhaut B. I just thought somebody should know about that…Maybe give Krugman a call.

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Dale Franks
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11 Responses to The economic miracle of food stamps

  • Vilseck must have gotten Nancy Pelosi’s memo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWNSpjU8Yqk

  • It’s a christmas miracle…

  • Fashion a hat for yourself out of tinfoil.  But not that cheap tinfoil that’s like 30% mylar.  I recommend the brand name stuff, it blocks the signals much better.  And if you’re getting signals from Formalhaut, a fedora style will work best.

  • The power of the old baronial system did not rely on chains to keep people in serfdom.  The barons owned the factors of food production…mostly land…and serfs were eager enough to serve them to survive.
    I seem to recall reading an excerpt from (I think) Thomas Beckett where he recounted feeding several thousand men in a day during his pre-religious period.  That did not count their families.
    The new baronial class does not need to own anything except the ability to expropriate the earnings of others.
    And people are eager enough to make themselves dependents rather than hold the birthright others gave them at such immense cost.
    It amazes me that anyone with a working brain could credit the “multiplier effect” arguments that glibly throw off canards like that 1.84 BS.  Why don’t we always spend every dollar on government programs if that had ANY validity?  Our economy would ALWAYS be booming.
    Just like now…

  • Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity.

    O’ course, nobody in MiniTru will ask where he got this number.

    Bush must be kicking himself: “If only I’d thought to say that the war in Iraq saved or created X billion jobs, or that every dollar spent on the WoT generated $1.84 in economic activity!  Doooh!”

    • Honest question…what’s the multiplier for regular old me buying a dollar of food? Is it higher than food stamps?
      Otherwise, shouldn’t food stamps be mandatory?

      • One would think…

        But I guess food stamps are like magic beans or other items from fable: they only work for “poor” people.

  • O’ course, nobody in MiniTru will ask where he got this number.

    Or simply observe, “W-T-F…?!?!?!”
    That is left to those who insist on economics, instead of fantasy.
    As Director Blue notes, this idiot Vilsack has a wife who is trying to unseat Mr. King in Iowa.  That would be a good place to invest a few bucks to assure that she will not bring MORE of that crap to the Congress.

  • Welcome to “because I said so”

    Should this come as a surprise that these people, and their sycophants, are willing to let them pretend they are dad and mom, ready to tell you what light bulbs to buy, what food to eat, what car to drive, what pills to take.

    Because I said so – take the pill, sit back, relax.

    Heh, and they accuse Christians of having blind faith.

  • “Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs.”  And the money behind the food stamps came from….where exactly? Thin air? Debt that must be paid pack? Taxes taken from the someones who stock, package, shelve, process, ship the goods? Money that those someones could have spent a different way? I just cannot understand how Vilsack can really be this ignorant!