For some context, total food stamp spending in 1969 was 250 million dollars. Now food stamp spending has long since departed into out of control territory and we’re spending the entire national budget of an 1840s year just to promote it.
Spending on advertising and outreach for food stamps has increased six-fold since 2000 — reaching $41.3 million in 2011, according to a new GOP report.
ccording to calculations released by Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions Budget Committee staff, using data from the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, in the year 2000 spending on advertising for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — or food stamps — was approximately $6.5 million.
In the ensuing years, spending on advertising and outreach steadily increased reaching $41.3 million in 2011, according to the calculations, which were confirmed by the Congressional Research Service, according to Budget Committee staff.
The increase in spending on SNAP advertising came as the program’s cost rapidly increased — quadrupling since 2001 and more than doubling since 2008.
Just think, if this goes on, we can look forward to spending 2 trillion a year to advertise food stamps in 2061. Because how can people know they are entitled to free food unless we advertise it everywhere?