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I just finished reading Paul Krugman’s letter in the editorial section of the Oct. 2 Lake Wales News.

As usual, Krugman takes the side of Obama’s big-government ideals, in claiming the SNAP/Food Stamps help many children to grow up healthy. I guess it does IF, and I do mean IF, the food stamps are spent as intended, for food. Those of us who want to see this program reduced in size and cost want to know why the SNAP/Food Stamp cards are being used at strip clubs, casinos, ATMs and Disney, not to mention giving them to the freeloading surfer dude who was too lazy to work. This is the “able-bodied people” conservatives are talking about. Also, you have the deadbeat dads who have multiple children with multiple women and the women sit at home and collect food stamps for their children while the deadbeats take the food stamps and exchange them for cash, drugs, alcohol and go out and party. And some of these SNAP recipients even claim SNAP benefits for their children who live back in Mexico. Every big-government program will have some corruption, but this program is extremely ripe for corruption and fraud because there is no serious validation of deservibility. Our government has further promoted SNAP by running ads for it in Mexico. And you don’t think this adds to our illegal population? Hello?

When you realize the undesirable Obamacare has now been forced down America’s throat, it is that and the economy which are the primary cause for so many people being downgraded from full time to part time work status. One can see clearly why there is reduced personal income across America. Look at the unemployed and the number of Americans who have given up and quit looking for work altogether. Look at the under-employed Americans who are working part-time. Everywhere you turn, incomes have been drastically reduced (unless you work for the Federal government, of course). If you were to use true unemployment figures (instead of the Government’s phony manipulative figures) you would see America’s REAL unemployment rate is somewhere between 19 and 25 percent.

If children are hungry, you feed them by all means. This is the American way. But if your household is one of the corrupt ones listed above, then I must ask, where is Child’s Services, why aren’t they stepping in to rescue these children? It is not a question of wanting to deny SNAP to children, but the bottom line is simply “let’s have validation” before the Government gives away billions of our hard earned tax dollars. This money does not belong to government — it is our money, and we should have a say as to where it goes.

As for the recession which Krugman refers to as ended in 2007-2008, one must remember it was the Senate Democrats, along with Obama, who gave us the phony, unsuccessful stimulus, accompanied by the enormous 2009 budget, after which they continued to enlarge Government on a grandiose scale putting this great country deeper and deeper in debt. Obama has nearly doubled our national debt in the five years he has been in office. Paul Krugman is a liberal puppet of Obama, as is The New York Times and the liberal news media which seem to have an objective of protecting and defending this president, regardless of his errant programs. But, if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, smells like a duck and walks like a duck, then it must be a duck. I was very surprised that The Lake Wales News could not find a reputable news source for its editorial page — Krugman is not one I would consider reputable.

Richard Hilliard

Lake Wales

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