Food-Stamp Nation: another proud moment for Barack Obama

Posted by: Phineas on November 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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Currency of the Obama economy

Here’s something that jumped out at me over the holiday weekend — there are more people on food stamps than the  total population of 24 states combined:

In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that a record 47,102,780 individuals receive food stamps.

According to US. Census Bureau data, that figure exceeds the combined populations of: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Since January 2009, the number of individuals on food stamps has skyrocketed from 31.9 million to the current record high 47.1 million. By comparison, in 1969 just 2.8 million Americans received food stamps.

Wynton Hall’s article also points out the hundreds of millions in revenue (tax dollars or borrowed money) being made by companies such as J.P. Morgan that handle the processing of EBT cards, the meteoric rise in the program’s cost (more than double from 2008), and the inevitable corruption.

Meanwhile, it was noted earlier this month by the Republican minority (1) on the Senate Budget Committee that, since 2009, the number of people on food stamps has grown at a rate 75 times that of  job growth.

But then, what do we expect from a president and a party (that would be the Democrats, for those of you without a program) who are obsessed with reform and redistribution, rather than on creating the conditions for economic recovery and growth, which would in turn create productive jobs and help people get off food stamps and other forms of welfare?

Ah, the light goes on!

The whole point of getting as many people on food stamps as possible is to create dependency on wealth redistributed by the government, that dependency then making the “beneficiaries” more likely to vote for the candidates and party that promises to keep the crack money coming. Clients and dependents, in other words, as opposed to free citizens. It’s a time-honored Democratic strategy, as LBJ made clear when he mentioned one of the benefits of the Great Society. For the more radically-inclined among the Democratic leadership and its allies on the Left, this vast expansion of the food stamp program could also be seen as an implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy.

Whichever is true (and both can be at the same time), this nauseating milestone really is a gold-star achievement for the Obama Administration. Well done.

(1) In the “to be fair about it” department, the libertarian Cato Institute points out the Republican role in expanding the food stamp program in the 2002 pork fiesta farm bill. In short, the “Party of Stupid” sold the Left the rope they’re using to hang us all. There’s also an interesting chart there illustrating the growth in food stamp use.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Food-Stamp Nation: another proud moment for Barack Obama”


  1. The original purpose of the food stamp program was to offer temporary public assistance to needy households. It was never intended as a way of life. In many instances it was standard procedure to deny benefits to anyone driving to the welfare office in a better vehicle than that which the salaried staff members owned.

  2. CynicalOptimist says:

    That’s a good rule of thumb for qualifying for benefits, Drew. Another would be that if you’re having to have the equivalent of Tupperware parties to get people to sign up, maybe the standards for qualifying are a tad out of kilter. The real problem is that the primary goal of both parties is getting or retaining power for its side regardless of what is best for the country. Another is that fewer and fewer people have any pride about being independent and self-sufficient. And fewer companies give a rat’s behind how they make their money. The post referred to the money JP Morgan Chase is making off this program. They obviously have no sense of irony, considering the lengthy ad they are now showing extolling the virtues of the free enterprise system and hard work, etc. I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw it when at the end it turned out to be an ad for Obama’s buddies at JP Morgan Chase. You can always depend on the Obama cronies to say one thing and do another.

  3. Carlos says:

    And, let us not forget to castigate the originators of the food stamp welfare program, the farmers who produce the food that is bought by the stamps. The program was originally set up not necessarily to aid those who needed food, but to buy the produce farmers raised that would go to waste because they couldn’t sell it.

    Corporate welfare at its finest!