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October 11, 2013

FREY: Taxpayers left in the rubble of failure

The Republicans have it right this time.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (along with scores of other government-funded programs) is out of control. The recent vote to slash $40 billion in food stamp aid has been a long time coming.

The bill, said Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., “eliminates loopholes, ensures work requirements, and puts us on a fiscally responsible path.”

On the other side of the aisle stands Jackie Speier, the Democrat from California, who claimed she is a member of the “least productive Congress in the history of this country.”

Speier said that she is ashamed of that, adding “when a government becomes a government in spite of the people, then who are we really serving?”

I have the answer to that question.

You are serving the taxpayers, who for many years now — many more than I care to count — have been doling out their hard-earned dollars to the government. The government, in turn, is doling out our money to those who are taking advantage of the system.

According to recent statistics, the number of non-citizens on food stamps has quadrupled since 2001 from 425,000 to 1.6 million. And if that doesn’t wake you up, consider that in 2012, Massachusetts and New York administered food stamps to 2,000 dead people.

The food stamp program is just one of many examples of government programs gone awry.

If you are wondering why your paychecks are shrinking and more importantly, where your money is going, I invite you to visit USA.spending.gov.

The website, created (oddly enough) by the government, lists all agencies and groups receiving tax dollars for the present fiscal year.

Along with funding the Department of Homeland Security ($1.2 million), the National Science Foundation ($437 million), and the Smithsonian Institution ($350.4 million), our tax dollars support, get this, the government accountability office ($5.6 million).

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