USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Pocketed $200K In Corporate Welfare, Now Wants Poor People Off Food Stamps
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urged poor people to get off food stamps on Jan. 24, but did not mention his own history of pocketing over $200,000 in corporate welfare.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported that between 1995 and 2014, George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III pocketed $278,679 in taxpayer-funded subsidies for his various businesses.
Perdue scolded those on food stamps to reporters during an event on a farm outside Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, notes Bloomberg Politics:
It’s evident that there are able-bodied adults without dependents who are on the food stamp program, who we believe it is in their best interests, and their families’ best interests, to move into an independent lifestyle. During the last downturn, it became a lifestyle for some people. We don’t want it to become permanent.
Huff Post noted in 2017 that a 2014 USDA report “found that about 54 percent of the households that participated in its food banks and similar programs included at least one person who had worked within the past year. When it came to households with at least one child, that share was even higher — about 70 percent.”