Agriculture and Food Stamps
The early 20th century was a time of turmoil and uncertainty. This was especially true in America during the Great Depression. Farmers during this time period within America’s history had an overabundance of agricultural products that were going to waste. This surplus was due to excellent crop harvests and dairy production and poor economic conditions that existed within America during the early part of the 1900s. Many people didn’t have the means to buy the food that was available. Many farmers and dairy producers were also losing a great deal of money since people were not purchasing their products. Destitution and starvation was becoming a way of life for many Americans and the government decided to try out a new program to alleviate this condition.
The U.S. government brought the surplus crops and dairy products from the farmers and dairy producers. They then passed out the goods they obtained to the impoverished families who needed help with securing groceries. Once this program took off it became an established way for the government to financially assist the agricultural sector within the country; while providing food for citizens in need of assistance.The agricultural sector, the U.S. government and the economy were now dependent upon each other in order to thrive.
Agriculture and the Economy
The Agricultural system within the United States is one of the best (if not the best) in the whole world. America’s farmlands produce so much food that they are nicknamed the “Bread Basket”. Millions of people all over the globe depend on America for food. The government and various corporations realize how important the agricultural community is to the economy within the United States.
The U.S. government takes a certain percentage of tax dollars and uses them to help fund public assistance programs. Billions of dollars are spent each year by the government to farmers in order to buy their goods to be used for the purpose of public aid. The government also spends some of this money on bureaucratic and administration costs.
As long as there are needy and poor people in America, food stamp programs will continue and the government will also use this money to fund certain sectors of the agricultural community. Food assistance programs are infused within our economy by making many private sector corporations, food industry members, and financial institutions a part of this process.
In other words the government buys the crops and dairy goods from the farmers, they contract transportation businesses to move and distribute this food to the markets. Once the food arrives at the markets the government then pays grocery stores, food warehouses, and corner stores for allowing the food stamp program to be used within their establishments. Financial institutions fund businesses working in this sector because they know the government always pays.
Corporations join in the process by accepting subsidies from the government as a part of their food producing industries. For example, some cereal companies accept government handouts (subsidies) in order to cut cost on wheat and rice that is used as the basis for their sugary sweet breakfast cereals.
The government plays the middle man for the corporations by getting a reduced price on the commodities that they need from the agricultural sector. Corporations then gives the government a cut on what they need in return. In other words there’s a whole lot of people doing each other favors and scratching each others back as a result of food stamp use in America.
Food Stamps and Employment
Millions of people have come to make a living off of the poor people in this country either directly or indirectly. As was mentioned previously the government has to have infrastructure, an administration system and a bureaucracy in place in order to distribute food stamps and monitor the assistance program. Many people spread all throughout the U.S. work for the government helping people to get the assistance that they need. Case workers at your local county welfare office are examples of people who depend on a certain percentage of American people being poor so that they can keep their jobs.
Grocery and corner stores rely on the income that they receive from food stamp use. These businesses probably won’t shut down if food stamps just cease to exist but they would be hurting financially. Many food related businesses that sells goods to the public are connected with the food stamp program and they probably would have to get rid of some employees if food stamp use was halted. There are some privately grocery stores that would permanently close because they derive most of their income from food stamps.
Once again, corporations need subsidies from the government. Otherwise a lot of their revenues would be used up in acquiring the goods needed to manufacture food products. Corporations save millions by receiving their supplies at reduced costs. If food stamp use ever ceased to exist then corporations who depend on the food subsidies from the government would have to get rid of people; simply because they wouldn’t be able to compensate workers while paying the high cost of purchasing food directly from the agricultural community.
The agricultural community relies on the poor to keep money in their pockets. They do not want the food stamp program to stop. Food stamps provide big money for many people. The bottom line is that too many businesses, government agencies, financial institutions, and rich people have become too dependent on food stamp use within our society.
To all of the critics of the food stamp program you must be a lot more careful about how you view this assistance. Many people who are on food stamps honestly do need them and that doesn’t make them “losers” or “inferior”. Food stamps may not be a part of the American Dream but they can certainly help people to survive until they can make that a dream a reality.