Fox News runs incorrect correction of food-stamp fraud report, then corrects correction: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/12/30/fox-news-runs-incorrect-correction-of-food-stamp-fraud-report-then-corrects-correction/
USDA Releases New Report on Trafficking and Announces Additional Measures to Improve Integrity in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Food and Nutrition Service: https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2013/fns-001213
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Congressional Budget Office: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/43173
Okay, the USDA runs the “food stamp” program, called SNAP.
They track fraud called “Trafficking”, where those with SNAPs sell their stamps to retailers at pennies on the dollar to “buy” goods at those retailers that aren’t technically allowed to be purchased with those stamps.
USDA apparently issues reports on it from time to time. In 2013, they released a report with statistics covering 2009 to 2011, the depths of the “Great Recession”. (2007 saw a spike in oil prices that stressesed markets. 2008 brought the collapse of a housing market bubble. Result was the “Great Recession.”)
Fraud each of those years amounted to 1.3% ($853 Million) of the food stamp programs annual budget. Taxpayer money budgeted to the food stamp program in 2011 was $78 Billion.
SNAP: Frequently Asked Questions | Snap To Health: https://www.snaptohealth.org/snap/snap-frequently-asked-questions/
U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time: http://www.usdebtclock.org/
People are looking at rising prices, dwindling personal savings (if any), wondering where our tax money goes.
National Debt currently: $19.9 Trillion.
Should we keep this federal program?
Some think people stay on these programs too long, that they discourage individuals developing ambition or solid work ethics.
I don’t know.
I need to look into crime statistics. And public housing statistics, as well.