GROWING FRAUD: 47 MILLION AMERICAN FOOD STAMPS RECIPIENTS
August 5, 2013
In America, over half the US population registers overweight or obese on the scales each morning. Our country spends more money on weight loss programs than the GNP of many countries. Richard Simmons, Weight Watchers, Sensa and Jenny Craig earn staggering revenues, estimated at $9 billion annually for weight loss programs, trying to slim down obese Americans. Millions watch “Biggest Loser” hoping for a miracle that they could become contestants on the show.
While Americans enjoy endless fast food, drink and snacks—over 47 million Americans depend on taxpayer dollars to feed them via food stamps. Those 47 million chose to exclude themselves from the American workforce by dropping out of school, becoming pregnant in high school or they lack the intellectual horsepower to secure and keep a livable-wage job. They become dependent on your tax dollars.
Unfortunately, our U.S. Congress encourages a growing number of dumb, lazy and illiterate Americans, as well as a growing armada of legal and illegal immigrants to slough-off, live on welfare and make nothing of their lives. Current welfare programs encourage cheating, fraud and racketeering.
Recently, the New York Post reported that local immigrants packed up groceries purchased with food stamps and shipped provisions to their homelands. Even intellectually vacant minds see opportunities that invite them to cheat. California journalist Brenda Walker said, “Further investigation by the paper has now found that selling those giant containers of food is a thriving business for diverse immigrants on the backs of the unwilling American taxpayer. Much of it goes into the Caribbean islands. The United States spent $522.7 million on foreign aid to the Caribbean last fiscal year. Now we learn that tax money spent to prevent hunger is being wasted away in a double fraud.”
“It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything,” said a seller named Maria-Teresa.
Food-stamp fraud in New York morphed into foreign aid, while U.S. taxpayers don’t possess any idea of the billions of fraudulent dollars wasted on those 47 million people devouring food stamp benefits. Today, they use EBT cards, Electronic Benefit Transfers, for groceries, fast foods like Subway, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. No shame; just scam, laziness and petty fraud.
One native said she scalps barrels of Frosted Flakes and baby formula bought with welfare money in the United States. Maria-Teresa said she gets new barrels every few weeks from her sister, who buys everything at a Western Beef Store on Prospect Avenue near East 165th Street in Foxhurst.
Walker reported, “The scamming sibling pays $75 per barrel to transport the items through Mott Haven’s Luciano Shipping. Sometimes the family fraudsters take advantage of a special: three barrels for the price of two. Maria-Teresa said she uses some of the products but vends the rest out of her Santiago home, providing markdowns of $1 to $2 compared to what her buyers would pay in local shops.”
“I don’t know how much of a business it is, but I know a lot of people are doing it,” Maria-Teresa said.
Food stamp fraudsters use Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, which means taxpayers foot the bills. A 23-ounce container of powdered Enfamil Baby Formula goes for $25 in the United States and $19 in Santiago but Maria-Teresa sells it for $15.
“People want the best quality for the price, so they buy the formula made in the US,” she said.
A thirty-something Haitian national said his sister in Queens uses her EBT card to purchase food before shipping it to him from Long Island City. “Every other month, I receive the barrels from my sister in New York City,” he said. “Whatever I don’t need, I sell.”
With scant to no oversight, our US Congress urges, encourages, assists and engenders food stamp fraud. You and I pay for it.
If the S744 amnesty bill passes Congress, our projected legal immigrant population expects to exceed over 100 million more poor, uneducated, unskilled and welfare-prone citizens within three decades. In other words, we import intractable poverty into the belly of America. At the same time, we displace American workers—which shoves them into welfare and food stamp lines.
Does anyone in Congress comprehend the final equation facing all Americans? Answer: Congress could care less.
Once entrenched, food stamp recipients could reach anywhere from 70 million to 90 million mouths to feed. As it stands in 2013, one of six Americans suffers from lack of access to three square meals daily. According to FeedingAmerica.org, “One in six people in the United States go hungry daily. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.”
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“As the nation’s leading hunger relief charity,” said a spokesperson. “Our food bank network supplies food to more than 37 million Americans annually, including 14 million children and 3 million adults.”
I must ask the question: what will we do when another 100 million third world immigrants land on our shores because of S744 amnesty bill? Answer: we devolve into a starving, unemployed, poverty-stricken country like the ones the immigrants fled.
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Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His published books include: "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS"; “STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE”; “IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES”; “MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA: INTO THE WIND—A TEEN NOVEL”; “BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION”; “AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA.” His next book: “TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP.” He lives in Denver, Colorado.
His latest book. ‘IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION—DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.’