Woonsocket Rhode Island is a boom-and-bust town. At the first of each month, food stamp recipients have their SNAP cards filled up with a total of $2 million dollars, the banks come alive, stores buzz, and the bus company is prepared for heavy traffic.
The food stamp recipients go into the supermarkets to shop, markets which are also now dependent on their food stamp purchases for their survival. A third of the town or 14,000 people are on food stamps or SNAP.
One store owner was dependent on a small milk and eggs corner store. He now carries over 3,000 products thanks to the cash rolling in from the government food stamp business. In two days, his store will be sold out. That’s when the town goes bust – when the food stamps are spent.
Food stamps have not only made a third of the people dependent, the stores are dependent on them too, according to a well-researched story in the Washington Post.
Seventeen percent of Rhode Island is now on food stamps. Once people and stores are in this dependency cycle, it is hard to break. It is our future in the United States under the welfare president.
The Obama administration response, via the Department of Agriculture, is to expand the program so people can access it “easily and with dignity and respect.: The claims of helping people live with dignity and respect are quite the opposite.
Spending on SNAP has doubled in the past four years and tripled in the past decade, surpassing $78 billion last year. A record 47 million Americans receive the benefit — including 13,752 in Woonsocket.
Food stamp enrollment on SNAP in Woonsocket has doubled in four years. The few jobs left in Woonsocket are part-time jobs in grocery stores, which are reliant on food stamps.
For the two-thirds of the town that are employed, life is untouched by the growing number of dependent people. They get jobs in other nearby towns. Unless the results of the liberal policies touch people personally, they don’t recognize them as damaging. They might even tell you everything is fine.
Some states distribute the food stamps more evenly so it’s more even throughout the month, though the dependency issue is the same.
Food stamp enrollment in the country is up 43% since 2009. Rhode Island has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at 9.4% this past month, a sharp decline, but much higher than the 7.7% nationwide. They are buried under unsustainable public sector salaries and pensions, which are protected by unions and the politicians they elect. It is essentially a bankrupt state and it is starting to lose population.
Liberal New England in general is growing slower than the rest of the nation.
Rhode Island was the slowest-growing state in New England and the second-slowest-growing in the United States between 2000 and 2010. The state will likely lose one congressional seat. They are the only state losing residents for two years in a row. They lost .03% of their population last year. It would have been higher were it not for their high birth rate of 1.02%.
By contrast, North Dakota, where they’re experiencing a fossil fuel boon, the population rose by 2.2%. “Each of the 10 fastest-growing states were in the South or West with the exception of North Dakota and South Dakota,” the Census Bureau said.
Rhode Island allows illegals to declare residency and claim instate tuition. It is believed that only hundreds of the approximately 17,000 illegal residents in the college-age range will take advantage of the opportunity. [NY Times] However, it is one more invitation for people to come here illegally.
Since November, the Obama administration established amnesty for people 16-31 who lived in the US for five years illegally. They can apply for citizenship and a work permit.
The cost of incarcerating RI prisoners who are here illegally is $6.2 million per annum.
Rhode Island’s 2010 tax burden of 10.85% ranks 6th highest out of 50 states, and is above the national average of 9.9%. [tax foundation]
Rhode Island ranks 46th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property. [tax foundation]
One strange phenomenon since President Obama launched his welfare state is that even as unemployment goes down, the food stamp rate goes up. It’s not as odd, however, when one considers the fact that more than 8 million Americans have left the workforce since January 2009.
Liberal politicians will continue to be voted in and their policies will continue because half the country simply doesn’t believe there is a correlation. It’s Bush’s fault or its the Republican’s fault, though they only hold one-third of one house of government and Obama held all power for two years.
Source on Woonsocket: Washington Post