Taxpayers fund govt. agency advertisements

Taxpayers fund govt. agency advertisements

Dec. 21, 2012

By Katy Grimes

The state of California is pushing welfare and food stamps very hard. They constantly advertise on the radio and television, and must have a huge public relations budget… paid for courtesy of taxpayers.

Here’s one ad for the “Women, infants and children” program:


Welcome to the WIC Show!
The show about WIC, for WIC and by WIC!

On our channel you’ll find five half-hour episodes made up of different segments that will interest everyone, especially parents of young children and pregnant women. 

The shows are designed to reinforce California’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) education programs, highlight WIC service while at the same time entertain WIC clients.

Once you are in these programs, you get hooked into other programs: county health care, housing, school, daycare. Eventually, the government runs everything in the lives of those on government assistance. It’s no wonder President barack Obama got reelected.


The WIC ad says, “the food program is not a welfare program,” but you have a state case worker.

We can’t even call welfare what it is.

Food-stamp benefits usage is at an all time high. 46 million Americans are on welfare and use food stamps. One-third of all welfare recipients are in California.

The name of the California welfare food stamp program was changed to “CalFresh,” to take the stigma out of using welfare benefits. Recipients are given a debit card so they look like every other shopper when purchasing their items.

In Los Angeles County, more than one million people are signed up for the food stamp and welfare benefits, ranging from $200 to $1,500 a month.

In 2011, the federal Department of Food and Agriculture went all out on a national media awareness program. Here is a schedule of media buys in just L.A. County.

This was done because in some areas, welfare agencies believed that communities were “under served.” In Sacramento County, the Board of Supervisors even got involved, allowing the Sacramento Hunger Coalition to drive a campaign to expand the number of recipients.

“The Sacramento Hunger Coalition was founded in 1989 and now resides as a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance’s Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE)’s food justice work,” the website says.

What a clever way to expand government. But welfare has become a giant ponzi scheme.

Even more interesting, is the list of publications below from the Sacramento Hunger Coalition… the links go nowhere. But this was what the entire hunger in Sacramento campaign was based on.

Hunger Hits Home 2012: Understanding & Combating Hunger in Sacramento County

A Primer on the Restaurant Meals Program in California: Preventing Hunger Among the Elderly, Disabled & Homeless in the Golden State

Homeless Nutrition Education Toolkit: A Resource for Nutrition Educators and Emergency Food Providers

Hunger and Homelessness in Sacramento: 2010 Hunger & Food Insecurity Report

I finally found one of the reports on hunger in Sacramento – I hope no one got paid to produce this.

Other government advertising

I hear government paid radio ads for bullying, FEMA, flood insurance,  Homeland security disaster preparedness,  the CA Earthquake Authority insurance, and ads about housing discrimination, paid for by the federal Housing and Urban Development department.

What a scam, all paid for by taxpayers.



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  1. dawn
    dawn 21 December, 2012, 10:18

    You do know that wic and cal fresh are different right?wic is for new mother’s and food stamps benefit people with little income and homeless,which we desperately need here right now with little job’s and no benefits as yet.i pay tax’s buy my own food pay my own bills.But many can not so quit putting those less well off down.It could happen to you unless your job is secure.And we are all replaceable.

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  2. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 21 December, 2012, 10:56

    Thanks for this little bit of Christmas cheer, Katy. LOL….It’s bad enough that these programs have become so gargantuan, but the endless advertising is unbearable. I remember asking “Just WTF?” and grinding my teeth when these ads first appeared on radio a few years ago. And I still do, every time they come on. My molars will be down to nubs soon.

    Gargantuan? Yes…gargantuan.

    1970 – USA population 203 million, 5 M on food stamps.
    2012 – USA population 314 million, 49 M on food stamps.

    Something’s not right.

    “the food program is not a welfare program,”…..Orwellian-speak, indeed.

    As an aside…if your punctuation in any indication, I am sure you are quite replaceable, Dawn.

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    NTHEOC 21 December, 2012, 16:42

    Why is it a shock that Americans are on food stamps, when the elite in this nation have sold out the lower and middle class to maximize their profits and their greedy pig pockets! If anyone ever wanted to see the results of Ronald Reagan’s “Trickle Down Theory”, here it is. Companies have stressed profits over people for years now and this is what happens. Where are all the jobs that were supposed to have been created by corporations being allowed to amass obscene profits? All it’s done is obliterate the middle class.

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 21 December, 2012, 17:58

    There are 20,000,000+ million people out of work, in this country, because their employers dumped them for cheaper overhead off-shore. Of course they need Food Stamps! Many do not know that they qualify–the advertising will help. There is no reason why the children of long-term, unemployed parents should be stigmatized any more than they already are, due to the abrupt change in their life-circumstances–so call it, “CAlFresh”–good move.

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    NTHEOC 21 December, 2012, 18:21

    The abusive Walmart policies have increased employee reliance on government assistance and the need for a government funded social safety net. In fact, Walmart has become the number one driver behind the growing use of food stamps in the United States with “as many as 80 percent of workers in Wal-Mart stores using food stamps.” What is even more shameful is that their CEO makes more money in one hour, than his employees earn in an entire year. Yet, Walmart – which employs millions of people in its stores, distribution centers, and warehouses – continues to abuse its employees and refuses to pay them a livable wage.At over $446 billion per year, Walmart is the third highest revenue grossing corporation in the world! And people still think unions are not needed.This type of business practice sets the model for what those at the CWD support,unreal!!!!!!!

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  6. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 21 December, 2012, 23:52

    NTHEOC says:

    December 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Why is it a shock that Americans are on food stamps, when the elite in this nation have sold out the lower and middle class to maximize their profits and their greedy pig pockets!
    The elite and trough feeding public emloyee unions.

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  7. Douglas
    Douglas 22 December, 2012, 11:07

    “But welfare  has become a giant ponzi scheme.”

    Do words even have meanings anymore? Or, if there is something you don’t like, can you just call it a ‘ponzi’ scheme’ or ‘unsustainable’ or ‘socialist’, and use the words interchangeably?

    And when you say “One-third of all welfare recipients are in California.”, you are being misleading unless you qualify that you are referring to ONE program (TANF) which accounts for less than $2 billion out of the state and local welfare budget of over $50 billion. (With federal matching, TANF is around $3 billion and total welfare budget is over $80 billion)

    Of the TOTAL state and local welfare costs, California has about 12% of the nation’s population AND about 12% of the nation’s welfare COSTS, according to the US Census Bureau. 

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  8. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 22 December, 2012, 12:36

    Thanks to those of you parroting the MSNBC talking points and giving me Saturday chuckles.

    As to WalMart……I just came up with this great idea! How’s if we just PAY EVERYONE THE SAME?

    I wonder if that’s ever been tried? lol lol…..

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  9. I need money
    I need money 22 December, 2012, 12:41

    Salon had this article “Hipsters on Food Stamps” and I realized that “20- and 30-something creatives and young professionals” continue to be very clever in using the System to fund their rebellion against The Man.

    It refers to a “30-year-old art school graduate” and her friend (“with benefits?”) from Westchester, who “graduated from the University of Chicago and toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job.” He claims “about half of his friends in Baltimore have been getting food stamps…”

    Perhaps some 20- and 30-something creatives and young professionals will see this post and apply for government food assistance. It will allow you to save enough money from your food budget for a good collection of wine from Trader Joe’s. See you at Burning Man in 2013!

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  10. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 23 December, 2012, 14:11

    Jimmy, that would be about as exciting as everybody running around in the same make, model, and color of car.

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  11. Hondo
    Hondo 23 December, 2012, 17:26

    I actually agree with some of my liberal friends here. Walmart has shut down small town america. They buy almost nothing for their store shelves but Chinese slave made stuff. A double whammy. They shut down any American made manufacturing plants and shut so many mom and pop main street businesses across this country. Yes, I am a conservative capitolist, but the Walton family alone, has more wealth than a 100 million americans combined. A fortune made off the backs of Chinese slave labor.
    The same with Apple. All of their stuff is ( there is talk of opening manufacturing plant in america, but not in CALIFORNIA) made in China. Steve Jobs, by his own words, was one of the most insane egomaniacs in the corperate world. Greedy, vindictive, a screaming monster of a boss. How many of you fine liberals here own a Mac, or an I phone or pod, or pad?
    You don’t notice it so much in Kali, but if you drive through the older midwest towns, you see boarded up ghost towns. Instead of local shopping, people have to drive thru several other empty towns to a big walmart box store to buy shoes. There are no cobblers ( that’s a shoe repairmen for any of you younger than 40yo) any more in amerika. They used to be common in this country. Walmart shut them down. It is cheaper to buy a new cheap pair down at Walmart.
    In 1960, the biggest employer in Amerika was General Motors and most of those jobs were full time and for life. Now, Walmart is amerikas biggest employers and almost all of their jobs are part time and almost noone retires from that company. Our biggest company, built off the slave labor in china. If most everything they sold was made in america, I wouldn’t have a problem. In 1960, every part in a Chevy was made in america( I’m pretty sure?).
    The republicans have to look at these issues if they want to get back in power.

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  12. Hondo
    Hondo 23 December, 2012, 17:35

    How many of you fine liberals own stock in Apple? How many of the billionaires who gave millions to Obama own stock in Apple?

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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 23 December, 2012, 21:01

    How many of you fine liberals own stock in Apple?
    It is only going to go down

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  14. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 23 December, 2012, 21:03

    In 1960, the biggest employer in Amerika was General Motors and most of those jobs were full time and for life. Now, Walmart is amerikas biggest employers and almost all of their jobs are part time and almost noone retires from that company.
    And tnhye paid EXCELLENT WAGES, and benefits. Today it s Walmart that has a POLICY against OVERTIME. NO ONE at Walmart gets OT, company plicy.

    Compare that to the OC Fire Authority where the top FF made $150K in overtime alone in 2010.

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