Change: Food Stamp Participation Up 50% Under Barack Obama

Maybe the ought to have put this graph in Obama’s first campaign video:

As I’ve noted before, a lot of this have to do with an expansion of the SNAP (what we’ve renamed the food stamps program, it stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The 2007 farm bill made more Americans eligible for the program, and it was supposed to focus on expanding the size of benefit each recipient has received, but that hasn’t worke dout so well either:

It’s little wonder that use of food stamps has expanded. Back in 2009 they were reporting that so many people were on food stamps that the program had lost much of its stigma, and universities around the nation have been encouraging students to get on food stamps for years saying they’re entitled to the benefits.

This sort of promotion of government dependence is unhealthy for our society. What’s more, the fact that food stamp benefits have plummted speaks to the ability of the government to care for us. Which is to say, the government does a pretty cruddy job of it.

Better that we’re all as free as possible to care for ourselves.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Mountainmouth

    Hopey changey and Obamanomics – I can’t wait for Queen Nancy and the Dems to tell us how this stimulates our economy like unemployment checks.

    • flamemeister

      I believe that has already been said. These things might become collectible—get the whole set, including the soon-to-be-issued $1,000,000,000 food stamp!

      • $8194357

        Good for a single loaf of bread or a days wages?

  • SigFan

    For some reason I haven’t ever been able to figure out I seem to have inherited the job of grocery shopping for our household. The local store I go to is always packed and I can’t even begin to count the number of people that I see paying at least a part of their bill with food stamps. In reality, I don’t have a huge problem with people that really need the assistance on a temporary basis getting it, but it seems like Welfare or ADC or many other government handouts it has become a way of life for a lot of people. Couple that with the amount of junk food I see many of these folks buying and it is grating to say the least.

    Added thought – it’s also annoying to see so many of these people go out to the parking lot and load their order into a late model BMW or Mercedes – and I’m not joking or exaggerating.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    This is all out of the Cloward-Piven play book.

    • $8194357

      Cloward/Piven 101 overload the existing systems to collapse the system. Build the new soviet paradise from the rubble.

  • mikemc1970

    I doubt Obama or the rest of the Democrats would see any problem with this. They think the more people on public assistance the better because they believe they are raising the number of people in their voting base.

    • Dakotacyr

      I guess you all have selective memories.

      • mikemc1970

        When have the Republicans ever wanted a huge jump in the number of welfare recipients, in order to fill out their voter base?

        • Dakotacyr

          Now you are just being silly.

          • mikemc1970

            Better than being vague and boring like you.

  • Old Sam

    Yep – hope and change. You hope you will be able to afford food to eat and you will have to change your pants in 2013 or 2014 when the payment for all of his spending comes due and is reflected in your taxes!
    Let’s see, Food Stamps up, unemployment up, foreclosures up, welfare up, the number of wars we’re involved in up, the number of vacations the U.S. President take per year up . . . oh yeah, that all stuff I’d want to vote for!!!!

  • bike bubba

    It’s interesting; unemployment is “officially” up only by about 20%, from 7.5% to 9%, and food stamps are up 50%. It demonstrates, as do many other statistics, how the “official” unemployment numbers are belied by any number of other statistics–discouraged workers, those dropping out of the labor force altogether, workforce participation, and so on.

    • robert108

      The real unemployment number is closer to 18%. I blame obama and his devastation of the private sector, where all the wealth is produced to feed obama’s greedy govt.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Nothing will improve until Obama is gone. Business doesn’t trust him. Banks run the show, not politicians.

    Politicians just waste time, money and military lives.