Food Stamp Recipients are Growing Fat

By: Robert Thomson

Americans, as a group, are having trouble with weight. Many of us are wearing a few extra pounds, and even the rising cost of food under the Obama administration's economic policies is not reversing this trend.

It may be surprising, however, to learn that food stamp recipients are fatter than ordinary Americans. A recently released study by the Center for Human Resource Research of Ohio State University and the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Michigan-Dearborn shows exact that. The study shows that food stamp recipients rank a full point higher on the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale than the average American.

This report was the result of data being collected since 1979 and studied approximately ten thousand Americans. The study results also showed that the longer people receive foodstamps, the chubbier they get.

None of this should be too surprising, as we know that it is human nature not to value what we receive without effort. It must be pretty easy to lay on the couch watching TV and think to yourself "Sure, I'll have another box of Twinkies. They're free."

What may be surprising to some Americans is that the number of people receiving food stamps has been driven to record levels by the economic policies of the Obama administration. 34 million Americans now receive foodstamps - that's one in nine Americans.

Yes, one in nine Americans can't feed themselves without handouts from "the government." Some of these people are certainly just "down on their luck", but many of these people have lost their humanity and simply become "pets" of a government gone wrong.

The Democrats keep these people on foodstamps and similar programs to keep them docile and subservient. They Democrats know that as long as they can keep using deficit spending to buy votes, they will remain in power in Washington.

We Americans need to remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, who write "I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."

Instead of keeping the poor as pets, we should be forcing them to grow up and take care of themselves.

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Greg Martinez is the author of Food Stamp Recipients are Growing Fat and a student of economics.

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