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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.
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):
Here’s the year-by-year 2008-2010:
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.