What the Duck?

Lame Duck Dynasty 3

Bruce Tanis thumbnail imageIf the president’s policies are, as he claims, turning the economy around, where is the proof?
by Bruce Tanis

President Obama has been claiming and taking credit for an economic turnaround for 5 years now, as unemployment has only continued to worsen, as welfare and food stamp cases have expanded, as disability has been redefined to include the unemployed rather than strictly the physically disabled, and as unemployment payments have been extended indefinitely, and as the economic growth rate has slowed to a trickle. His use of the word “recovery” has, at least among those of us who can look away from X-Box long enough to pay attention, taken on the oozing patina of Duck l’Orange, i.e., it’s a saucy, dead canard, plated for greedy consumption. How apropos for a lame duck president.

And now we learn that the number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million.

One reason for the catastrophic growth in the number of ABAWDs is Barack Obama’s 2009 “stimulus bill,” another canard, which opened the door for states to waive the work provision required of ABAWDs. That work provision mandated that to continue receiving food stamps, after three months of being unemployed, ABAWDs must work or perform some type of work activity 20 hours per week. Obama’s policies threw that requirement out the window with the flourish of a pen.

Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what it was in 2008. Now, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely – without working or preparing for work. Without the work requirement, there is no guarantee to us as taxpayers and reluctant financiers of this mess that food stamps are being given to those who truly cannot work.

Meanwhile, birds of a feather flock together in the swampy wetlands of Washington to devise more unread rubber-stamped laws that boggle the attention spans and siphon and skim the hard-earned wages of an ever-shrinking class of productive, working citizens–as more jobs head overseas and as poor, unemployed, uneducated, and often illegal aliens storm our borders under the relaxed policies of Mr. Recovery. But this is all just a decoy engineered to mask implementation of the massive, Statist and Corporatist agenda of the man who would be king.

Welcome to the Lame Duck Dynasty.