Here’s what happens in the real world. During a recession people lose their jobs and the number of people needing to go on food stamps rises. Then the economy recovers and the number of people on food stamps declines. It’s really that simple. The recession that Obama said he inherited from Bush officially ended in December 2009. Obama has touted his recovery. The number of people on foodstamps in December 2009 totaled 39 million. As of September 2012, almost three years into this supposed recovery, the number of people on foodstamps is 47.7 million. This is a 22% increase since the “recovery” began.
There are 315 million people in the U.S. and 15% of them are in the food stamp program. There are 116 million households in the U.S. and 23 million of them are in the food stamp program. That is 20% of all the households in the country. This program is costing the American taxpayer $75 billion per year. The year before Obama took office, there were 28 million Americans in the program and it was costing you $35 billion. Do these numbers reflect the economic recovery that Obama and the MSM have been touting for three years?
Aggregating foodstamp, disability and nonfarm payrolls data shows that since the start of the Depression in December 2007, 21.8 million Americans have shifted more or less permanently to the entitlement line, even as the US still has to generate 4.4 million jobs just to break even. The recent trends are even more horrific. You won’t see this data on MSNBC:
- According to the BLS, 1.3 million Americans got jobs between January and September of this year.
- According to the BLS, 1.0 million Americans left the workforce between January and September of this year.
- Between January and September of this year, 1.3 million Americans went on food stamps.
- There were 144.4 Americans employed in 2006. Today there are 143.3 million Americans employed, even though the working age population is 15.4 million higher. Over this same timeframe, 21 million more Americans have gone on foodstamps.
The reason for this increase is that the real people in the real world have never left recession. All of the actions taken since 2008 have been designed to help Wall Street bankers and the cronies of the puppet politicians in Washington DC. They don’t give a crap about you. The zero percent interest rates have pushed senior citizens onto the food stamp rolls because they can’t earn interest on their savings. We should hit the magical 50 million level on food stamps by year end. Another feather in Obama’s cap.
|SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM|
|( Data as of December 7, 2012)|
|Fiscal||PARTICIPATION||BENEFIT||AVERAGE MONTHLY BENEFIT|
|Year||Persons||Households||COSTS||Per Person||Per Household|
|“*” Includes disaster assistance which is notated for current fiscal year only. Prior fiscal years may also include disaster assistance|
|Link to:||SNAP Disaster Response|
|FY 2012 data are preliminary; all data are subject to revision.|