Fox News aired a special on Friday entitled "The Great Food Stamp Binge," which featured "a blissfully jobless California surfer" Jason Greenslate (pictured) who told the conservative cable channel why he was taking advantage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
"It's not that I don't want a job, I don't want a boss. I don't want someone telling me what to do. I'm gonna live my own life. This is the way I want to live. And I don't really see anything changing. I got the card. It's $200. That's it," said Greenslate, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).
The Fox News special attempts to portray Greenslate as the typical recipient of food stamps, but MSN.com reports the opposite is actually true:
But the majority of able-bodied, working-age food stamp recipients already work, according to a January analysis of the program from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Some beneficiaries might be your cashiers and stockers at Walmart, given that a recent report from congressional Democrats estimated a single low-paying Walmart superstore costs taxpayers as much as $1.7 million per year in public benefits.
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Take a look at households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult. The CBPP report showed about 58% were employed within a month of receiving the benefit, while 82% were either working in the year before or after they received the aid.