If you don’t believe that the American recovery is real, you’re in good company. Well, … not so good company, actually. You see, although President Obama publicly touts that his policies and lawless Executive Orders have America on the right track, after George Bush single-handedly destroyed the economy, he is actually lying about that. In fact he doesn’t belive that the economy is improving and the proof is in his actions; not in his words. In all fairness, I should point out that the majority of our Congress critters agree with the President and are complicit in hiding their true feelings from the public.
Last Friday, President Obama, in a photo-op signing ceremony at Michigan State University, signed the congressionally approved (bipartisan) Farm Bill into law. Yes, it had all of the old pork and subsidies of previous Farm Bills. The Farm Bill got some mention in the media; but it is what wasn’t said that should have you concerned. Our friend at Inform The Pundits has reported on the uncomfortable details in this bill.
First, the new Farm Bill authorizes new spending over the next ten years to the tune of $956 billion. That’s $100 billion more than Obama’s stimulus bill in 2009. Do our farmers really need to be subsidized at the rate of $95.6 billion per year? The answer is no. You see, this wasn’t a Farm Bill, at all. It should have been called the Food Stamp Bill because 79% of the total approved spending ($756 billion) is not to subsidize farmers; but is actually the new budget for Food Stamps. And that, my friends, is why I say that the President and Congress are demonstrating through their actions that they don’t really believe the hype about the American economic recovery either. They obviously believe a lot of Americans are going to be needing food stamps to get by. Or, as the Democrats like to say these days, more Americans are going to liberated from the workforce.
By the way, you may have missed this bit of news the other day. America has achieved a new “first”. Yippy!
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
Food stamp participation since 1980 has grown the fastest among workers with some college training, a sign that the safety net has stretched further to cover America’s former middle class, according to an analysis of government data for The Associated Press by economists at the University of Kentucky. Formally called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or SNAP, the program now covers 1 in 7 Americans.
Did you get that? The fastest growing demographic of people on food stamps are those with some college training. Is this what the Left means by “progressive”?
For your reading pleasure when you have a few minutes, I highly recommend this article by Mark Steyn, America Takes Early Retirement. In my opinion, the lack of sufficient jobs is not a temporary phenomena that can be changed by electing a different party to power. I believe we are seeing a trend, which is endemic in all of the so-called developed world. Technology is making it possible for fewer and fewer people to produce all the goods and services that the world’s population could possibly buy if they had the means to buy them. In other words, there are too many people for the jobs that need to be filled. Steyn wrote:
In a world in which “capital” no longer needs “labor”, there will still be a “working class” and a “leisured class”; but they’ll have changed places: an aristocratic class will do such “work” as is rewarding and fulfilling, while the masses will be “leisured”, and hopefully sufficiently distracted by “free” health care and electronic trinkets that they will remain quiescent and compliant. _ (Bold added)
Somehow I am not sure the part in bold is going to workout so smoothly. At any rate, this trend is, I believe, the most serious problem facing humanity today. And, we will be talking more about this in future posts.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?