Hope And Change: 44.2 Million Americans Are On Food Stamps
We’ve been breaking a lot of records on food stamps enrollment under President Obama.
In September of 2009 the number was 35 million. In February of 2010 we were at 39.68 million Americans enrolled in the program. By June we’d topped 40 million, and projections at that time were that we’d hit 43 million enrolled by 2011.
Well just five months into 2011 we’ve already shattered that projection with 44.2 million citizens being fed by the government.
The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This speaks to the failure of President Obama’s economic policies. Enrollment growth may be plateauing (for now anyway), but adding nearly 10 million Americans to the food stamp rolls since 2009 is hardly indicative of any sort of economic recovery.
Back in March of 2009 I wrote that Obama’s economic recovery efforts would make more people dependent on the economy. With a record 44.2 million Americans on food stamps, and a record 18.3% of personal income now coming from benefits paid out by the government, it’s clear that’s exactly what has happened.Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, food stamps, jobs