Bill O’Reilly recently labeled Jason Greenslate a parasite, beach bum and moocher. But if you ask Greenslate, he’s a professional surfer who happens to live off of $200 in SNAP benefits because “It’s free food. It’s awesome.”
Twenty-nine year old Greenslate recently appeared on Fox News as part of their “The Great Food Stamp Binge”. Bill O’Reilly is using the show to highlight examples of people and their “parasitic” behavior when it comes to food stamp abuse.
“The food stamp scandal, right now, 15 percent of the entire American population receiving food subsidies,” the Fox News host announced. “And some of those people are conning the system.”
O’Reilly said that the president was to blame for changing the work rules for food stamps and allowing “anybody to get them if they know how to game the system.”
“I take one look at this guy and he’s making money off the books,” he explained. “Now I’m not going to make any accusation on national television about how he’s making money, but this guy’s not just surviving on food stamps. Alright? He’s making money. The rat life entails a lot of different things.”
“But this guy is a parasite. And my contention is that the Obama administration is encouraging parasites to come out and, you know, take as much as they can with no remorse. And this is how a country declines. This is how we become a weak nation.”
Take a look at Greenslate in “action” as he describes his typical day that consists of “Wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking,”
In California, Greenslate is just one of 4,169,854 (as of May 2013) receiving SNAP benefits. Although SNAP is not intended to be the only source of income for food, there are many people and families that rely on it. USDA data show that only 20 percent of SNAP participants have no income, while the rest either earn wages or receive government assistance.
Even though studies show that 99% of food stamp recipients do not defraud the government, I find it quite comical that the Fox crew searched the depths of the beach to find this dude.
Totally rad of you, Fox.
If O’Reilly has proof that Greenslate is actually “making off the books”, maybe he should do his due diligence in reporting fraud, instead of trolling for ratings.