Seven Facts About Government Entitlement Programs

I have yet to write on the looming Fiscal Cliff (now downgraded to hill), but I'll use another current event to tie in what's in store for the most vulnerable Americans when they get thrown off the Cliff in January.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is currently doing the SNAP Challenge where he can only use money given to him through the state's food stamps program for a month to experience first-hand how difficult it is to be poor and dependent on government assistance.

Firstly, it's important that a high-profile mayor is bringing national attention to the issue of poverty when government assistance is nearing the chopping block. His blog of his experiences relying solely of food stamps is eye-opening, because it is easy to disregard the lives of those dependent on the government when you never hear their struggles.

However, his experiences are different than those of someone who has been on food stamps (government assistance) for a long period of time, and the American public needs to hear those opinions too. Booker gets to stop being poor in a month. His poverty is chosen rather than inherited or caused by the recent economic recession. The Fiscal Cliff isn't going to cut off his supply of SNAP benefits.

What happens when government programs like SNAP get cut? Basically, people in need get thrown under the bus more so than before. While some people may think that entitlement programs provide luxurious lives to under-educated minorities, reality is far from that fantasy. Here are seven things most people don't know about America's entitlement programs that I hope change people's minds on the topic, and encourage them to support continued funding of the programs.

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