Random thoughts on a variety of subjects
by Sam Redman
A recent article in the New York Times stated: “… the food-stamp program, will spend more than $60 billion this year.”
Every penny of that money is a stimulus package every day to the grocery business. However, the money doesn’t stop there, but it continues all the way through the entire path of our capitalistic supply system. The recipients of the food stamps never see any actual money (they get cards which are “spent” at the grocery stores). The beneficiaries are first the stores, which create jobs (and pay) for cashiers and stockers and managers (and some of the money received by the grocery goes all the way to the workers who provide them with utilities such as electricity and other services). But the grocers provide the bulk of that food stamp money to their suppliers, creating jobs for producing the food items from the farm to the processing plants to the people who work to transport those items to the grocers. All along the way taxes are paid on that money from income tax to property taxes on all the various facilities and that money cycles back to schools and police and yes back into the food stamp program. And of course all those people making their wages are spending most of their income (after their taxes are deducted) and so the money gets cycled many times along the way until it eventually finds its way back (the taxes take their cut again and again with every succession). And every job which services every worker and every vehicle in that chain (from car repair to laundry soap) benefits from and is funded by that food stamp money.
So if you are part of the American work force some of your spendable (and save-able) money is coming right from those food stamps, maybe not immediately, unless you work directly for the grocery store, but certainly eventually.
When you look at the reality of the way the food stamp money flows you realize that you (yes, you with a job) are the actual eventual recipient of every single penny of it.