Thursday, December 9, 2010

Obama's America? 14% in the U.S. rely on food stamps

From the WSJ, 42.9 million Americans relied on food stamps last month! This is up 16.2% over last year.

The numbers are staggering. In some states over 20% of the population rely on food stamps to eat.

Is this the America that Obama wanted all along where dependence on the government is the status quo?

As the economy staggers along with the ever present risk of double dipping, jobs remain in short supply due in part to uncertainty. This is the uncertainty created by the direction the Obama administration wants to take on tax policy going forward, and the incalcitrant position of the far left-wing (and not so far left) of the Democrat Party towards tax rates.

All of this occurs while our representatives in Washington, who claim to commiserate with the trials and tribulations of those living on "Main Street," play a game of politics with well being of the country through the partisan debate over the extension of the Bush tax policy.

Add to this the disincentive that exists for some to find work through the largess of the federal government and you have the recipe for the malaise that we find ourselves in today.

You can look at the actual state by state statistics at the WSJ, but the salient part of the article is this:

42.9 million people collected food stamps last month, up 1.2% from the prior month and 16.2% higher than the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nationwide 14% of the population relied on food stamps as of September but in some states the percentage was much higher. In Washington, D.C., Mississippi and Tennessee – the states with the largest share of citizens receiving benefits – more than a fifth of the population in each was collecting food stamps.

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