It's a sad state of affairs to report this Christmas season; that welfare is at an all-time high. Which means more Americans, and military families have to depend on welfare and charity during this Christmas season.
In 2012, the watchdog organization Judicial Watch reported the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealed there were around 45 million people, or one out of every send Americans were on food stamps in 2011.
Those numbers represent a 70 percent increase from the year 2007. This costs the taxpayers a whopping $72 billion, which is an increase from $30 billion in 2009. According to the CBO, the "food-stamp rolls will get even bigger.
It's more than likely those numbers don't represent the fraud and corruption that constantly haunt the welfare program. In March 2012, the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), published a report which severely criticized the welfare program.
Many of the people receiving benefits use them to purchase drugs, weapons and other contraband from unscrupulous vendors. Some even trade their food stamps for reduced amounts of cash according to Judicial Watch.
CNS reports that USDA stats show there more families dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) under the Obama administration. There has been an increase of over 93 percent from "Bush’s first year in 2001 compared to President Obama’s first year in 2009."
The number of military families now dependent upon the welfare program includes 900,000 veterans and their families, according to The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit D.C.-based think tank. There is an 5,000 active-duty service members who receive food stamps.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimate that 340,000 veterans rely on federal or state rental assistance. The Washington Times reports that nonprofit groups like Operation Homefront and Fisher House Foundation are helping veterans and their families in the D.C. area.
Those nonprofit organizations are giving military families enough groceries for a Christmas meal. Executive director of the D.C. branch at Operation Homefront, Vivian Dietrich said, "The No. 1 request we hear is for assistance with food and to ensure children have a Christmas to remember. Families want to ensure their children have pleasant holidays.”
Wal-Mart has provided $2 million to help fill the grocery bags for these military families. They pledged to donate $20 million to veterans and their families by 2015. Military families having to rely on the welfare program and charity comes on the heels of the recent sequester and talk of possible cuts to the military's retirement benefits.
Under the Obama administration, there are thousands of families, including the military, living in poverty. To make matters worse Obama has even suggested the possibility of "paring back annual military pay raises, from 1.8 percent to 1 percent."
The possibility of Obama cutting the military's annual pay raises comes as Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison demanded Obama by-pass Congress and issue an executive order to raise minimum wage. The Spokane Conservative Examiner reported Ellison as saying:
"We know; at the executive level, an executive order can change the situation. We demand it, right now. Mr. President, sign the executive order. We demand this federal worker work reform, federal contractors. Give the pay raise, the livable, fair wage. Let's do it now. I gave him a letter to this effect, yesterday."
Is it fair that military families live in poverty while they sacrifice for America?
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