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The very word, “Snap!” demands your attention, but I’ll bet you don’t know the origin of the acronym “SNAP.”  It is short for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, an agenda designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to put food on the tables of 40 million elderly, disabled, and low-income Americans struggling to survive in the richest nation in the world.


An overview of the program illustrates that, despite it’s intent to help the poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free, it is, in fact, benefiting only the chosen few.  To be eligible, you must meet very strict requirements before you taste the rewards.  These include:


  1. Documented monthly income demonstrating that you live below the poverty level.
  2. Documentation of your identify and all of your resources.
  3. Documentation of shelter, dependents, and medical expenses.


Once the necessary information is submitted and then investigated thoroughly, the final decision is subjected to a computerized mathematical formula that would make NASA’s space program look obsolete.


But let not your heart fear, for there are some special groups that are considered eligible.  These are:


  1. People that have no income.
  2. Dependents under the legal age born in this country.
  3. Laotians that sided with the Americans during the Vietnam War.


Illegal immigrants are not included in this program, but step 2 is applied to their “anchor babies” (children born to illegal aliens).  Where did we go wrong in trying to feed Americans who paid into the system with their blood, sweat, and taxes, and who cannot survive in the richest country in the world?


As we know, man cannot live by bread alone; neither can woman.  The SNAP program only addresses the nutritional needs to sustain life: it does not include the non-essentials such as toiletries.  I guess our fearless leaders assume that there are lots of paper advertisements that get tossed into the trash, so a little recycling will take care of the need to buy toilet paper.  But that can get a little messy, not to mention the health hazard of ink being absorbed into vital tissues. I remember that during the Great Depression, fruits were sold and wrapped in tissue paper — and this solved the toilet paper problem for enterprising souls … or perhaps those with impaired nerve endings.


We live in a land of milk and honey, and yet, we still have poverty.  Americans falling between the cracks trying to survive today’s problems are frustrated, and do you wonder why?  When catastrophes occur on foreign soil, the United States sends billions of dollars in aid and yet, no good apparently comes of the hard-earned taxpayer monies sent overseas.  What happens to the very generous resources that we sent, for instance, to Haiti last year?


If Jesus had used the SNAP method to feed the multitudes that attended his Sermon on the Mount, He could have gotten away with that one fish and a half-loaf of barley bread.  For too many Americans who do not pass the food stamp test, “SNAP” will be the last sound they hear before the roll is called up yonder at the Pearly Gates.


Today, we are witnessing food problems all around the globe and resultant unrest.  Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We live in troubled times, so let’s forget the world and take care of our own people.  Charity begins at home.  If there is any left over, then we can share it with the world. 

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