Speaking at the Broward County Lincoln Day Dinner this past Saturday, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) warned the crowd about the danger of food stamps in American society (video below).
Rep West said: “In the last 10 years, the food stamp program that has gone from about $20.6 billion to over $75 billion. That’s not how you empower the American people. That’s how you enslave the American people.”
However, the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities states that food stamps are a “powerful anti-poverty program” that “lifted about 4 million Americans above the poverty line in 2010, including about 2 million children.”