Uncle Sam wants you on welfare and taking food stamps. Not only does he want the English speaking population, but now the Obama administration’s own USDA is targeting Spanish speaking households, both legal and illegal, via a new soap opera campaign.
The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HOPE PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps.
The majority of the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to understand the importance of food stamps to their health.
“Will Claudia convince Ramon to apply for SNAP?” the announcer exclaims at the end of a standard episode titled “The Poet,” “Don’t miss our next episode of ‘HOPE PARK.’”
While new ad spots are appearing all across the nation, the administration’s objectives are clear: They want Americans dependent, not independent.
While there are a host of Spanish speaking citizens, Obama’s food stamp campaign is also going after those who are non-citizens as well. According to the Daily Caller,
Robert Rector, the Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellow on welfare and family issues, noted that while illegals are officially barred from participation, the legal children of illegals are eligible for benefits, creating mixed households with the potential to be intertwined with benefit programs.
Rector added that promotions such the radio novelas are part of the current process of assimilation into American culture.
“The culture [non-citizens] are assimilating into is the culture of welfare dependence,” Rector explained to TheDC, noting that the five-year delay on receipt of benefits by non-citizens does not prevent the infusion of such a mindset.
“The essential thing is that if you bring in immigrants with a high school degree or less, they are going to cost the taxpayer a fortune,” he said. “That’s the bottom line, and you are going to pay for it one way or another.”
This is not just Barack Obama. George W. Bush began something similiar.
President Bush launched a recruitment campaign, which pushed average participation up by 63% during his eight years in office. The USDA began airing paid radio spots in 2004.
This was part of that “compassionate conservatism” that he spoke of, which is not conservative by any means. Now Barack Obama has taken it to new heights and beyond.
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