It will soon be even easier to become a ward of the government, a dependent rather than a producer. According to a new report from the Department of Agriculture, officials examined the issue of Americans being able to apply for food stamp assistance over the phone. Supporters of this idea have said that interviewing applicants in person is too time-consuming and adds too much in administrative costs. The report examines the benefits and potential liabilities of allowing people to apply specifically for SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – benefits, which is the nation’s largest and most expensive food-assistance program.
“Regulations require that states conduct face-to-face interviews, unless the state determines that a telephone interview is acceptable due to a hardship on the client,” the report notes. “However, over the last decade, most states applied for and received waivers that allow for telephone interviews in all cases, without the need to document a hardship.” So in other words, in most states, SNAP has become a full-blown wealth transfer giveaway, requiring virtually no proof of need whatsoever. After all, how can you really determine such a need over the phone? FULL REPORT