Bi-Partisan Socialism - Newt is right about Obama being The Food Stamp President . . . BUT . . .
- Yes, Comrade Obama has been happy to re-distribute the wealth and massively expand food stamps.
- But "small government" Republican President George Bush (backed by the GOP Congress) expanded food stamp eligibility with the 2002 farm bill and increased by 10.9 million those getting food stamps.
- Both political parties want to steal your money and use it to buy votes from their supporters.
At the South Carolina GOP primary debate a Big Government Newt Gingrich noted that "more people have been put on food stamps under Barack Obama than any other President in history."
That is true to a point. It is good red meat for the non-thinking mouth-breathers in the audience.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest data, a record 44.7 million people participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in fiscal 2011 at a $75.3 billion cost to taxpayers. That's up from 28.2 million and $37.6 billion in 2008.
Some four million people are now on food stamps in Texas, with California (3.7 million) and Florida (3.1 million) close behind. In absolute numbers, President Obama has presided over a food stamp boom, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Republican Food Stamp Expansion
President George W. Bush expanded food stamp eligibility with the egregious 2002 farm bill by adjusting deductions and income tests and encouraging states to find more participants.
The fact of the matter is the left-wing Republican Party has been voting to spend other people's money like mad men for decades. Republicans talk small government, but they have never met a government spending program they did not support and vote to fund.
The Pelosi Congress then re-branded the program in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of June 2008 to emphasize nutrition rather than the stigma of receiving handouts. Bush never bothered to veto the law or veto any spending bills. The #1 priority for both parties is to steal your tax dollars and use them to buy votes.
As a result and also thanks to the recession in 2008, food stamp participation rose by 10.9 million across the Bush Presidency.
But Comrade Obama is now outstripping that dubious achievement, and in only three years rather than eight. The 2009 stimulus bill increased maximum benefits and authorized more money for states to administer the program. Some 11.2 million more people have joined the rolls from 2009 through 2011, including 4.4 million last year during what was ostensibly an economic recovery.
(Wall Street Journal)