On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their most recent data on U.S. participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as 'food stamps.'
While the report is ordinarily released at either the end of the month, or no later than the first or second day of the following month, the Obama administration waited until November 9, a full three days after the election to announce the number of Americans currently receiving food stamps.
After seeing the data, it is not surprising why the administration delayed the report...
By the end of August 2012 (the most recent data), there were 47.1 million Americans on food stamps, a new all-time record high.
Another 420,947 Americans were added to the food stamp rolls from the previous month of July, representing the largest monthly increase in a year.
Think this bit of information may have had some effect on the way people voted?
Obviously, this dose of reality would have harmed the Democrat Party's false narrative of a 'recovering economy.'
In January 2012, the Obama administration lashed out at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over his characterization of President Obama as the "food stamp president" during one of the Republican Party's presidential debates.
Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney told reporters: "You know as well as I do that that’s crazy."
In fact, not only did Carney refuse to place any blame for Americans' growing dependence on government financial aid, but even blamed Gingrich, himself for the expanding welfare state.
"This country is emerging from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the greatest economic and financial crisis of our lifetimes. The economic policies that helped create that situation are ones that, in the case of [Mr. Gingrich], he supported, and they’re the kinds of policies that he advocates to this day," claimed Carney.
Now for some facts…
Since Obama took office, the number of Americans enrolled in SNAP has risen by more than 45 percent.
In November 2008, when Obama was elected, there were 30.8 million Americans on food stamps. However, by the end of fiscal year 2011, there were 46.2 million Americans receiving food stamps.
In 2011 alone, U.S. taxpayers shelled-out a whopping $75 billion on SNAP benefits.
While Obama brags about the supposedly declining number of unemployed Americans, he never explains how these folks, still unable to find work, are simply joining the welfare rolls.
When Americans' unemployment benefits run-out, they are now faced with a stark choice…they can either go on food stamps or starve.
If the current trend continues, roughly 61 million Americans will be on food stamps by the time Obama's second term in office ends in January 2017. That translates into 20 percent of the population.
After nearly four years as president, it is painfully obvious that Obama's policies have failed this country.
This president's most lasting legacy will surely be over-seeing the period in which 1 in 5 Americans became unable to feed themselves.
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