Food stamps has been a trending topic since the latest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data was published Friday. The number has been increasing since 2009 when President Barack Obama took office and spending has quadrupled in the last 10 years.
Kentucky Republican Senator and potential 2012 presidential candidate Rand Paul addressed the issue this past summer in the Senate when he talked about reforming the program because of the various wastes and fraudulent activities that have been perpetrated by some of its users.
“We do not have an endless supply of money. I think that Americans would be just flabbergasted at the amount of money and some of these programs are duplicative so people getting food stamps for a meal are also getting a free lunch at school. Some of these programs were actually advertising for applicants,” stated the Kentucky Senator.
“In my hometown they advertised to try to promote to get people to come in and eat the free lunch during the summer time. It’s not that we won’t help people, we just need to be conscious of how much money we have and can we help only those who cannot help themselves?”
The full speech can be viewed below.