OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s interesting that we hear so much talk about having our government work together – both parties, Democrats and Republicans. We even watch in the media as they report on surveys telling us that our citizens agree, “Enough divisiveness” our government needs to be more cohesive and “work across the aisle,” and yes, that sure sounds good, but have you ever witnessed what happens when they do? They spend like there is no tomorrow.

When union interests and corporate interests unite, we have giant bailouts, we unbalance free-markets, violate free-trade agreements, and generally waste taxpayer’s money. Consider the General Motors buyout. Need another example? Sure, there are plenty.

In fact, there was an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times on November 2, 2013 titled; “Cut in food stamps will hit retailers – One in five U.S. households is on food stamps, and many people could be rattled as their benefits are chopped,” by Walter Hamilton and Tiffany Hsu, which stated;

“U.S. food retailers are poised to take a hit as the federal government reduces its $78 billion-a-year food stamp program. Grocery stores and other food retailers have struggled in recent years as consumers battered by high unemployment and shrinking wages switched from upscale products to discounted bulk goods and generic brands. Food sales, especially at discounters such as Wal-Mart, could be further crimped by the $5-billion, or roughly 6%, annual cut in food stamps that took effect Friday.”

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Oh so we are finally admitting that this is a “kill two birds with one stone” piece of legislation – corporate welfare to food retailers, farmers, food processors + social welfare to the masses to buy votes. So basically, when both political parties work together they spend big – deplete our budget, and make people weak by giving them fishes instead of teaching them to fish!

Now we are worried that if we don’t keep giving out food stamps to all the people that don’t actually deserve them, then the companies making Catsup, Pop-Tarts, and frozen food will report poor quarterly reports to Wall Street. Not only them, but also retailers, meaning they will have to lay off people – job losses – oh yes, and those poor farmers producing all the produce too. And although this could go a long way to helping people control their weight and save health care costs with fewer future diabetes patients, we are told we must continue this program.

But this is exactly how the government bureaucracy becomes bloated and why once we turn on such a program it just grows and we can never turn it off. We have to be smarter than this, we are not doing ourselves any favors by weakening companies in the market place, or making people weak through socialist gifts to buy votes. Please consider all this and think on it.

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