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Oregon Gets $5 Million Federal Bonus for Signing Up More Food Stamp ‘Clients’

By Doug Powers  •  September 29, 2011 08:27 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

“If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.” — Ronald Reagan

And if you want an absolute s*#tload of something, give bonuses on top of the subsidies.

From Judicial Watch:

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.

It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.
Could this be why the number of food-stamp beneficiaries in Oregon has increased dramatically in the last few years? Since 2008 the state has seen a 60% boost in the number of food-stamp recipients, which means that more than 780,000 people (one out of five Oregonians) get groceries compliments of Uncle Sam.

If that’s too hard to believe, check out the press release from the Oregon Department of Human Services announcing the $5 million bonus (PDF).

The ODHS also wrote in the press release that earlier in the year the state received another federal award of $1.5 million for “making accurate payments of food stamp benefits to clients.” Does that simply mean they got another one and a half million bucks for “not screwing up”?

I’m surprised the government’s now referring to those on food stamps as “clients” when “stimulus recipients” better reflects the current attitude.

According to the state, one in five Oregonians is on food stamps. How much will the federal bonus be for making that two of every five? Maybe we’ll find out someday soon.

**Written by Doug Powers

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