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Bryan Preston


July 16, 2012 - 9:06 am
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A USDA food stamp pamphlet encourages people to have parties to promote getting friends and family on the dole.

The Spanish food stamp ads ran as a series of 10 novelas, or short soap operas. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) slammed the ads in a statement last week: “Today we learn that the USDA, in an effort to increase the enrollment of immigrants, including non-citizens, has produced Spanish-language radio soap operas. In one of these, an individual tries to convince a friend to enroll in food stamps even though that friend declares: ‘I don’t need anyone’s help. My husband earns enough to take care of us.’ The first individual replies back: ‘When are you going to learn?’ Is this message we wish to send new arrivals into our country—depend on the government even if you don’t need to—particularly at a time when we have to borrow forty cents of every dollar we spend?”

The USDA has pulled the novelas from its web site, but its stated mission to expand SNAP remains. The department has even offered grants to increase SNAP’s reach.

That mission appears well on the way to being accomplished. Under Obama, the government has turned back the clock on welfare reform entirely. Now, about 46 million Americans, a record number, are on welfare. Spending on welfare has doubled under Obama to reach a stratospheric $75.3 billion as of January 2012. The “dignity of work” is nowhere to be found in Obama’s messaging at all. The president’s campaign spent the past week going negative in an attempt to denigrate and destroy Mitt Romney’s very successful business career. In a campaign speech over the weekend, President Obama even suggested that Americans who succeed in business are no better or more hard-working than anyone else, and that they could not succeed without government assistance. His exact words: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” That somebody being government. In other words, says President Obama, Mitt Romney, architect of a multi-million dollar company that fixed dozens of other companies, is in reality just an overgrown welfare queen. And so you are you, if you have a job or own or run a business of your own.

That message, once it sinks in, ought to offend every American who believes in a free market economy. In addition to being an insult to American work ethics and capitalism, it betrays the fact that in that 2008 ad, Barack Obama was merely posturing to fool middle America into supporting him.


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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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