First Lady: Barack's Working to Free Americans from 'Any Form of Public Assistance'

Craig Bannister | July 25, 2013 | 12:58pm EDT
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In an e-mail to supporters, First Lady Michelle Obama says she grew up in a family that didn't need help from the government, and that her husband is working to make Americans free from dependence on government once again.

In her message sent yesterday from, Mrs. Obama says:

"When I was growing up, a family like mine -- living on my hard-working father's salary at the city water plant -- could build a solid life without much debt and without relying on any form of public assistance. Today, for too many families, that American promise is no longer within reach.

"Barack is working to fix that and he needs solid Democrats in Congress to help him."

However, her husband's administration is spending millions actively promoting dependence on government assistance in the form of things like food stamps and health care.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has written to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack investigating the USDA's efforts to promote food stamp usage, focusing on a partnership with the Mexican government to promote food stamp usage among Mexican immigrants living in the United States:

"Your department provides a document on how to 'overcome the word "No" and rewarded a recruitment worker for overcoming people's 'mountain pride.' There is even a promotional guide suggesting those targeted for enrollment harm their communities by not accepting benefits."

The Obama Administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has arranged to pay a public relations firm $8 million to promote dependence on government-run health care - enrollment in ObamaCare's health insurance exchanges.

In Pennsylvania alone, HHS is spending $4 million to promote Obamacare at state health clinics.

And, a DHS website is promoting a range of government programs to immigrants, in both English and Spanish:

  • Medicaid,
  • Medicare,
  • Food Stamps,
  • Social Security,
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
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