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Steve thanks so much so I know it sounds little crazy here to -- on context is Diana -- got robbed former chief economist with the Department of Labor welcome back to the show.
-- -- -- Melissa I can understand why Florida would do this it brings almost six billion dollars.
Into the state from federal coffers -- is money.
That then people spend it stimulates the economy it's good right.
It's good for Florida it's not necessarily good for the budget deficit and what we've seen during this recovery that began in June 2 nine.
Is -- an increasing number of people are on food stamps it's about 47 million right now and we need to do something to cut it back.
And in fact one of the house one of the house committees just passed a bill that would cut food stamps by about two and a half consent.
So I mean when you look at the stamps.
A lot of people the current administration would be proud of the fact that Florida has doubled the number of people who are on food stamps they would say.
That if you qualify.
You must need the help they are -- 400%.
Participation because if you qualify that's what it's fair for.
You must needed only about 75% of the people right now that qualify actually get it why is that wrong.
Well there are programs that automatically sign people up for food stamps when they.
Sign up -- other kinds of assistance programs -- someone might think that they don't need food -- they need help with that energy bill.
But then they automatically get on food stamps when they get energy assistance.
They even states that give people a little bit of energy assistance so that they automatically qualify for food stamps.
And it's those automatic programs that the house bill would cut back.
So why is -- bad for individuals I mean if you qualify -- you're saying in some cases you -- but you may not really need it what's the danger what's the harm.
So the danger is that having that entitlement.
Means that if you go out and get a job you lose the entitlements the an essence facing a high tax rate.
The more entitlements you have the -- is to go out into the working world.
And what many people there -- many people of course do need the food stamps but what some people need is.
A job but we need to focus on creating jobs.
And figuring out why them on more employment opportunities in the United States why is GM for example going to China to make its cadillacs -- -- -- making the Mejia.
Why are we proving that Keystone Pipeline yeah I mean this is this is taxpayer money federal money.
That is being drafted into this program that maybe it could be redirected into other programs that might raise the quality of living or increase our economy.
More efficiently over -- Exactly -- made it could go back to the tax says so that people themselves have more money to spend.
And that stimulates the economy and creates employment that again and that use of the funds but spending about eighty billion a year on that happened -- god forbid no it's not going back to the taxpayer that'll never happen Diane thanks so much.
Great -- -- -- and -- right.
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