The number of Americans on food stamps has exploded from 17 million in 2000 to 47 million in 2014.

Soon, there may be even more, because people may be able to sign up for the benefits simply by asking over the phone.

Nomiki Konst and Deneen Borelli appeared on "Fox and Friends Weekend" to debate if this will increase fraud and make it easier for people to live off the government.

Konst defended the over-the-phone process, saying it actually eliminates government waste and cuts costs.

Borelli, on the other hand, said she sees this as a "vote buying scheme."

"We have no idea who is going to be on the other end of that phone," Borelli said, noting that California has over 45 million people on food stamps at a cost of $70 billion.

"It has exploded, especially under President Obama's watch," Borelli said. "We want people to be employed, not dependent on the government. And this is what we're witnessing, more government dependency, and it's breaking the bank."

"We can't afford this. It's unsustainable."

Watch the "Fox and Friends Weekend" clip above.

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