Socialism in the Obama Administration will require SNAP recipients in Ohio to feed their families with $50.00 LESS per month, starting in January.
By Benjamin Gaul:
According to an article in the Toledo Blade, the Obama Administration’s reasoning goes like this: Because of a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, needy families should experience a significant cut in aid. Does Obama not realize that the poorest families in the nation do NOT heat their homes with natural gas?
Traditionally, the poorest Americans heat their homes with heating oil or electricity. Electricity is most often produced by burning Coal. Obama admitted in 2008 that Coal is an industry his policies would “necessarily bankrupt” which means the poor pay MORE money to heat their homes, not less.
So, while the poorest in Ohio are still paying more to keep their families warm in the winter, the wealthier homes which have natural gas heat may be paying a little less for energy. Which the Obama Administration is using it as an excuse to reduce the amount of money the poor can use to feed themselves.
Jack Frech, director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in southeastern Ohio, said the loss of funds will cause a true hardship. “Fifty dollars would be devastating” to families, he said. “These are folks that have already fallen off the fiscal cliff.” Mr. Frech also pointed out that many of his agency’s clients are not affected by lower natural gas prices.
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Meanwhile, food banks and others who distribute food assistance to the poor in Ohio are bracing for increased demand.
“They are going to increase hunger among our most vulnerable — working families, seniors, children, and persons with disabilities,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Ms. Hamler-Fugitt said her organization is particularly concerned that some seniors or persons with disabilities who have a low benefit amounts could lose all their monthly assistance. “We’re really worried about [the change],” she said.
What is called the “standard utility allowance” — the amount deducted from a person’s income when the state determines his or her eligibility for the food stamp program — will decrease by $166 for 2013, translating to about $50 less per household in food assistance. State Job and Family Services officials in Ohio tried to appeal the change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but the USDA denied the request.
What is to stop the Obama Administration from cutting funding to the poorest families in Nevada, next?
“This is a federal issue,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. “It is what it is. They have a formula. … We just think it is going to be really hard on families and individuals. They will see significantly less money starting in January.”
The average food-stamp recipient in Ohio receives $138 per person, per month, according to state statistics. As of August, more than 1.7 million individual Ohioans, or about 869,000 families, received the assistance. A total of $3 billion in benefits was issued in 2011 in Ohio; the program is federally funded.
The average food-stamp recipient in Nevada receives $123.49 per person, per month. In March of this year, the government counted almost 354,000 recipients statewide. So, while the average Nevadan might not lose as much per month as the average Ohioan, we’re already making due with less.
What can you eat, on Nevada’s $4.06 a day?
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman took a local food bank’s challenge to live for five days on the food stamp allowance for a single Nevadan. Breakfast was Cheerios, lunch canned soup, and dinner tuna sandwiches or macaroni and cheese. “I didn’t get to put any fruit on my meal plan,” Goodman said, noting that healthy food tends to be more expensive than processed food. “It’s a good thing that I love tomato soup.”
What the Obama Administration has started in Ohio may serve as the template for Nevada’s poorest families, as Socialism reduces the number of people working in the private sector and more families find themselves forced to rely on government assistance.
The fiscal cliff is looming, hardships are increasing, and the Obama Administration under the guise of “spreading the wealth around” (Socialism) is actively making things worse.