Illegal immigrant children entering the country without their parents or adults, now called “Unaccompanied Adults,” or UACs by the government, are receiving a tax payer subsidized bounty.
From petting zoos with miniature ponies to a tilapia fish farm operations and guitar lessons, UACs are lavished with perks, according to documents released by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican.
Preferred contractors reap handsome profit when they provide these dished out perks, in some cases upward to $329 per child a day.
Meanwhile, for citizens, federal and state government have decided to cutback on food stamps and unemployment benefits.
As of January a record 20% of households in the United States, or one in five, received government food stamps according to USDA data. The cost of the SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, reached an all time high in 2013.
In December, around 1.3 million unemployed Americans lost unemployment benefits after a federal program instituted after the engineered subprime crash was slashed. The program added benefits from the state for people who had exceeded 26 weeks of unemployment insurance.
“In no prior case has Congress allowed special extended benefits to expire when the unemployment rate was as high as it is today,” a report generated by the White House Council of Economic Advisors and the Labor Department notes.
The federal government consistently underestimates the unemployment rate. The most recent estimate puts the rate at 5.9%, a figure wildly out of whack with the real unemployment rate. Forbes counts in discouraged workers no longer seeking work and part-time workers who would prefer full-time work into the estimation. Considering the true character of unemployment and underemployment, the real unemployment rate stood at 14.3% in September.
In April, when the government said the unemployment rate was around 7%, Zero Hedge remarked:
According to shocking new numbers that were just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working. So when someone tries to tell you that the unemployment rate in the United States is about 7 percent, you should just laugh. One-fifth of the families in the entire country do not have a single member with a job. That is absolutely astonishing. How can a family survive if nobody is making any money? Well, the answer to that question is actually quite easy. There is a reason why government dependence has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Without enough jobs, tens of millions of additional Americans have been forced to reach out to the government for help. At this point, if you can believe it, the number of Americans getting money or benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.
This is a recipe for economic and social disaster. As usual, the government is not interested in remedying problems afflicting the people, but is dishing out goodies to a preferred minorities in order to secure its political authority.
“The Hispanic population grew to 53 million in 2012, a 50% increase since 2000 and nearly six times the population in 1970, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data,” Pew Research reports. Mexicans are the fastest growing segment of the population. “Meanwhile, the overall U.S. population increased by only 12% from 2000 to 2012. Hispanic population growth accounted for more than half of the country’s growth in this time period.”