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“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.” — Barack Obama, June 2008

He left out “this was the moment we started getting everybody on food stamps:

A record number of Americans — about 14 percent — now rely on the federal government’s food stamps program and its rapid expansion in recent years has become a politically explosive topic.

More than 44.5 million Americans received SNAP benefits in March, an 11 percent increase from one year ago and nearly 61 percent higher than the same time four years ago.

Nearly 21 million households are reliant on food stamps.
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It cost taxpayers more than $68 billion last year, double the amount in 2007.

Look at the explosive increase since 2008 (middle column is the number of individuals on food stamps and the right column is the number of households):

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Here’s the year-by-year 2008-2010:

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If doubling the size of the dependency class was one of Obama’s goals, Hope & Change is a smashing success.

Michelle Malkin has a chart with a north face that even the most skilled mountain climbers would have a tough time getting up.

The food stamp rolls are expanding wildly, but that’s not to say that people are being deprived of quality food — heck, it doesn’t even necessarily mean that they’re poor.

Comments

7 Responses to “‘How’s That Hope & Change Workin’ Out For Ya?’ — Food Stamp Edition”

  1. SignPainterGuy on May 31st, 2011 9:38 pm

    That pic is one of the most effective and truthful visages of the effects of this admin. If you look at Obummer`s policies being passed as a measure of success, it`s unequaled. Hope-destroying Changes is how I look at it and I can`t view that as successful ! Not only has the increase in food stamp recipient numbers shown that more people depend on gov for basics (and more than just "basics"), but the world has come to learn that they cannot depend on us as the force of good.

  2. Joe Redfield on May 31st, 2011 10:06 pm

    Between food stamps and unemployment benefits, the economy is going to be back to the good old days…any century now.

  3. cdl on June 1st, 2011 1:27 am

    "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

    Will Rogers

  4. SignPainterGuy on June 1st, 2011 2:12 am

    With the same result ! Aaaah ha ha ha haaaaaah !

  5. Granny55 on June 1st, 2011 11:32 am

    This may be harsh – but other than homeless people – I don't see a lot of "poor" people. If poor means having diamond earrings, high style hair do's, designer eye wear, expensive tennis shoes and multiple tattoos then I am missing something. I would say 2/3's of people on food stamps are probably scamming the system. I am beginning to think these programs need to be done away with.

  6. Dexter_Alarius on June 1st, 2011 11:43 am

    Editorial comment:
    "The food stamp roles are expanding wildly…"
    Should be "rolls", as in a list, register, or catalog, especially one containing the names of the persons belonging to a company, class, society, etc. (h/t dictionary.com)

    Sorry, things like that jump out at me.

  7. Doug on June 1st, 2011 11:58 am

    Thanks for catching that!

    If Food Stamps ever start getting parts in Hollywood movies, I'll save "roles" for that one.

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