The criticism that Barack Obama’s policies are failing may not be impacting the President because that could be what he’s wanted all along. Tea Party representative Allen West suggested during a recent appearance on Fox News that Obama could actually be pushing for his own policies to fail in order to make Americans more dependent on government.
West cited the Cloward-Piven strategy, proposed by two sociologists and political activists in 1966. The strategy was geared towards Democrats and suggested overloading the welfare system so that Americans would have a “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” Although being on welfare certainly doesn’t create an end to poverty, West said that Obama may have recognized that overloading the welfare system would give his administration more control, albeit at the expense of the American people.
“We’re seeing an incredible growth of the welfare nanny state; we’re seeing the poverty rolls explode; we’re seeing the food stamp rolls explode; we’re seeing more dependency on government largesse and programs,” he told Greta Van Susteren. “We’re seeing a desperation and a despondency out there that’s being created by this administration.”
Obama is also trying to spread his policy government dependence to other nations. A current omnibus spending bill in Congress is funding U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in Mexico. Although the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill “prohibits” these efforts “on advertisement with foreign governments,” Obama has decided to disregard this. An estimated 20 percent of Americans are currently on some form of food stamp assistance.