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-- welcome back well with what is seven Americans now receiving food stamps a Fox News investigative team traveled.
Travel the country to expose the government startling attempts to get even more people to sign up for the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
The special hosted by Bret -- airs tonight at 10 PM eastern time here's a sample.
What would the consequences be if mountain drive war -- we're not showing up in the workforce.
I know one particular song -- it has to -- anything wrong one because you can.
Hell even these -- and these days.
Restaurants are having problems in town.
And waitresses people are just beat Caroline used to doing something for nothing he had one brief message to.
Delivered President Obama what would you say I -- Philly.
Look for those those who feel socially if that meant for leave us alone.
Specials hosted by bad there but Peter Blair is the Fox News editor at large and he joins me with -- the -- on that on that special interviewing this -- Very interest stain of what is investigation in a bit basically find.
-- -- and among other things -- -- this would we live in an -- when numbers of burgers numb to numbers are billion multi trillion dollar deficits and so on that.
The numbers with food stamps are really -- it's I want to get this right.
People in this country on approved seventy billion dollars a year but here's a thing that -- my attention.
Three billion dollars a year we spend just been administering the food stamp program my -- three billion dollars for the bureaucrats to show -- Out the door.
It tells you that how huge.
And what do you.
Dynamic thing this this it's a force so -- as a motivation to keep in of the bureaucracy in motion.
Yes people -- what other reasons why people didn't want.
And work and preferred to get an the food stamps well.
When I was a lad.
Many years ago but maybe -- when you were girl you know there was this -- watch it now.
-- and you're talking about a decade fifteen years or the appearance there was there must.
This there was.
I think it's safe to say -- commonly shared.
Of course you want to lend a helping hand of course you want to reach out and lend assistance.
And there was also a sense self reliance and kind of pride and there -- cultures in this country used to be the American culture.
That that still resist going on the dole and what we found.
Surprisingly is that the government is so insistent on filling the food stamp rolls that it actually undertakes to help.
Break down these barriers that to use the government's own language well.
You know what can the dole as being on the dole as you say does it come with a package -- food stamps also gets to Medicare and our Medicare or some other kinds of benefits.
That's you could not happy if you did those jobs if you accepted a job.
And -- the -- or as a waitress and would not get the job what we talk with -- day in and it did that's right.
We have talked to people who who said we we we need we.
People who were in the position of being employers who said we've had people come to us and -- I'm applying for a job.
Don't really want to get the job but I need to show that I applied for the thing that's -- more amazing and that is.
President Obama swept away many of the restrictions in the food stamp program when he signed the stimulus bill his theory is that.
Food stamp expenditure is an economic stimulus.
It is a dubious economic.
On its face to some people but.
That is his idea we we talked to one guy that kid.
Not a kid he's 29 years old -- young man out in California surfer dude called Jason.
I mean -- will never forget this guy and this guy.
-- you we spend today with -- spent a couple days with -- he begins his day every day doesn't have a job doesn't want -- job doesn't -- -- He begins his day at the beach.
Circuit and then through the course of the day he does little shopping inside of Iran have a party that night.
He's in a band -- a jam he wants to be rock star some day.
He allows us to go to the grocery store with -- he heads down the -- -- I'll.
-- -- -- lobster and says.
Taxpayer lobster dude thanks man thanks mister -- and America on this -- aren't cheap by the way yeah.
They're not expect much -- -- that will 1005 fits of laughter but I can tell you Jason tasted you know whenever he wishes he's a food stamp recipient end.
More importantly he has no sense of what you were talking about -- no sense of is this a temporary thing in my getting -- hand should have a little bit of shame attached to this maybe a little bit of stigma.
That's the thing is -- what is what is the real issue here is it eight.
Cultural issue that a sort of waned after the world what we know the great society or the great -- and the greatest generation that sort of thing you -- -- they wanted to work can now be.
But you know they the work force out there what is changed and society that it's okay now to take this kind of -- -- and not.
Work -- what is changes government policy and the food stamps began in the Great Depression as one might imagine when there was real -- on the one hand.
And there was a surplus.
On the farms -- on the other hand and food stamp the food stamp program was was was created to match those two things.
The amazing thing about the original food stamp program -- -- unlike most government programs that ended.
In 1943 was brought back as part of Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty and it has grown exponentially sounds.
You know my mother was a little they were on and on welfare and was the most embarrassing thing for her yes that was the point anonymity didn't want to be on welfare and not only that -- they didn't hand out checks and handed -- goods.
Yeah it was a very different kind of concept right here right thank you for advice these special hosted -- -- -- airs tonight.
10 PM eastern Peter Boyer is the -- Fox News editor at large.
That haven't really and you have a larger -- Thanks in my heart.