You’d Be Surprised How Many Of Your Neighbors Are Struggling…

…yet the facts are thus. 1 in 4 children are taking food stamps:

The USDA’s “Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2011” shows that in 2011, 19.9 million children, or people under 18, received food stamp benefits.

The Census estimates there were 73.9 million children living in the United States in 2011, meaning that 26.9 percent of children, or approximately one in four, were on food stamps in 2011.

Yet government keeps piling it on.

  • Is no surprise to me. Then again, I actually know my neighbors by name and they know they can come to me if they need help.

  • MD Russ

    At the risk of sounding like an compassionless bastard, you need to look at such statistics carefully. For example, under Gov. Warner the S-CHIP threshold in Virginia was raised to a household income of $92,000 and change for a family of four. Outside of NoVa and Hampton Roads, that is two to three times the median income in the typical Virginia county. Even in Fairfax County, one of the wealthiest counties in the entire US, the median is $119,634. Most families living on twice the median income or more usually have two or more cars, multiple TVs and home computers, premium cable channels, cell phones for every member of the family except for the dog, and much more. Do they really need for other taxpayers to provide them with health insurance for the kids or is it just a matter of budget priorities in the household?

    Our social welfare spending would be far more effective if we gave more money to those who truly need help and stopped trying to social engineer the middle class.

    • MD Russ

      Correction to my comment, above. Under Gov. Warner, the S-CHIP threshold (called FAMIS in Virginia) was raised to 200% of the Federal poverty level. Currently, that is about $42,000 for a family of four, not $92,000. But it is still well above the median family income level of the vast majority of counties in Virginia.

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