In the Age of Obama – Food Stamp Use Skyrockets By 70%

According to the CBO, 45 million Americans utilized food stamp assistance in 2011 – and those numbers are expected to increase until at least 2014.  This is among the clearest of truths during the Age of Obama – millions suffering under the yoke of an incompetent and clueless leader and his administration of Big Government sycophants.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It  said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.

Spending for the program, not including administrative costs, rose to $72 billion in 2011, up from $30 billion four years earlier









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41 Comments to In the Age of Obama – Food Stamp Use Skyrockets By 70%
      • AquaStar
      • Exactly the idea.

        Along with the idea of expanded rights…now the government is advertising for those who need a cell phone paid for by the taxpayer. Another right ready to be born.

        Along with the idea that the women’s movement used to demand “access:” to birth control but now they want the government, who they want OUT of their bedrooms, to pay for it as it goes out the door apparently.

        It all adds up…a million here, a billion there and pretty soon you’ve got trillions in debt.

        But try to take it away from the “takers” who now feel entitled to their freebies.

        That’s the battle.

        • Name Noah
        • The takers will just have to live with it. Min-2 years of hand outs and then your done.
          Thats enough time to go to a trade school,get a job and continue your education .

          Allowing these people to continue having children so that their government checks come in bigger is a joke.

          If you can’t take care of your family and the government is.. then you should have no right to expand what you already fail to afford.

          I’m sick of these lazy welfare queens getting away with sitting on their asses while the rest of America feeds,cloths and educations their children .. Who then grow up and go on welfare.
          This needs to stop and it needs to stop now… If you have no trade skill when you enter our country illegally or legally then you should be shipped right back out and back to your homeland … The same land your fleeing from. But refused to except our culture in lieu of your own messed up believes.

    • Obeline
    • “For re-election, Obama is perverting Lady Liberty’s message: Give me your stupid, class-envious, your trifling masses seeking (for free) the fruit of other peoples’ labor, the illegal refuse invading our shore. Send these, the racist, entitlement-minded to me, I lift my voice promising government freebies forever more.”

      Read more:

      To date, the only groups upon which Zero has not yet waged war are those on public assistance and illegal immigrants. MSM is complicit in this whole game plan and acts no longer as an independent entity supporting the virtues of free speech, truth, and independence. Rather, it has become a tool of the left: the blatantly biased propaganda arm of Team Zero.

      Perhaps it’s time to consider what makes MSM tick. MSM depends on advertising revenue – and advertisers need customers. Take a page from the Jessie Jackson playbook and call for a boycott of MSM advertisers . . . fight fire with fire and see how long MSM survives touting Zero’s devastating lies and destructive agenda (think WEEDKILLER and destroy the roots).

      • GJ Grakowski
      • “Perhaps it’s time to consider what makes MSM tick. MSM depends on advertising revenue – and advertisers need customers. Take a page from the Jessie Jackson playbook and call for a boycott of MSM advertisers . . . fight fire with fire and see how long MSM survives touting Zero’s devastating lies and destructive agenda (think WEEDKILLER and destroy the roots).”

        Obeline: That’s brilliant!!! Get a national boycott going against the sponsors of the MSMs!!! With the conservatives easily outnumbering the libs and just about any other group, a boycott would have a devastating impact on the sponsors’ bottom line. Do any of us “Ulstermen” (no offense women) know how to get a movement like this going?

        • Obeline
        • The internet is littered with failed media-sponsors boycotts – most recently the Ron Paul supporters seemed to try to get something off the ground.

          People are not yet angry enough to muster the discipline, will, and organization to make it happen. One hyper-egregious incident, properly exposed, could trigger it. (Hopefully it would not be too late when something so momentous occurred.)

          • Name Noah
          • I agree with Obeline.
            Until American’s get good and pissed off at obama, we can expect these same people spewing the same crap in support of the worst man in the world-at the present time.
            America isn’t mad enough yet. everything is still mostly affordable and will remain mostly affordable until after the election.
            If obama wins then we will see real anger.
            When there is no gas,food, water,.. thats when we will get these people off their asses and moving on to help fight against this communist slug.

    • 57th State
    • The graph is disingenuous. You can’t start the baseline at 10 million — it skews the overall proportionality of the apparent increase. The numbers are bad enough on their own, you don’t need to stoop to underhanded tactics to emphasize your point.

      • AmericaTheBeautiful
      • UM,  worthy piece….so I pass it on
        > Serious Food for Thought
        > The essay below was written by a Vietnamese immigrant. Kaitz currently teaches philosophy at the University of San Francisco.
        > Obama’s Anger
        > By Ed Kaitz
        > “The anger is real. It is powerful, and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.”
        > – Barack Obama
        > Back in the late 1980s I was on a plane flying out of New Orleans and sitting next to me was a rather interesting and, according to Barack Obama, unusual black man. Friendly, gregarious, and wise beyond his years, we immediately hit it off. I had been working on Vietnamese commercial fishing boats for a few years based in southern Louisiana. The boats were owned by the recent wave of Vietnamese refugees who flooded into the familiar tropical environment after the war. Floating in calm seas out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, I would hear tearful songs and tales from ex-paratroopers about losing brothers, sisters, parents, children, lovers, and beautiful Vietnam itself to the communists.
        > In Bayou country I lived on boats and in doublewide trailers, and like the rest of the Vietnamese refugees, I shopped at Wal-Mart and ate a lot of rice. When they arrived in Louisiana the refugees had no money (the money that they had was used to bribe their way out of Vietnam and into refugee camps in Thailand), few friends, and a mostly unfriendly and suspicious local population.
        > They did however have strong families, a strong work ethic, and the “Audacity of Hope.” Within a generation, with little or no knowledge of English, the Vietnamese had achieved dominance in the fishing industry there and their children were already achieving the top SAT scores in the state.
        > While I had been fishing my new black friend had been working as a prison psychologist in Missouri, and he was pursuing a higher degree in psychology. He was interested in my story, and after about an hour getting to know each other I asked him point blank why these Vietnamese refugees, with no money, friends, or knowledge of the language could be, within a generation, so successful. I also asked him why it was so difficult to convince young black men to abandon the streets and take advantage of the same kinds of opportunities that the Vietnamese had recently embraced.
        > His answer, only a few words, not only floored me but became sort of a razor that has allowed me ever since to slice through all of the rhetoric regarding race relations that Democrats shovel our way during election season:
        > “We’re owed and they aren’t.”
        > In short, he concluded, “they’re hungry and we think we’re owed. It’s crushing us, and as long as we think we’re owed we’re going nowhere.”
        > A good test case for this theory is Katrina. Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and assorted white apologists continue to express anger and outrage over the federal response to the Katrina disaster. But where were the Vietnamese “leaders” expressing their “anger?” The Vietnamese comprise a substantial part of the New Orleans population, and yet are absent was any report claiming that the Vietnamese were “owed” anything. This is not to say that the federal response was an adequate one, but we need to take this as a sign that maybe the problem has very little to do with racism and a lot to with a mindset.
        > The mindset that one is “owed” something in life has not only affected black mobility in business but black mobility in education as well. Remember Ward Churchill? About fifteen years ago he was my boss. After leaving the fishing boats, I attended graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I managed to get a job on campus teaching expository writing to minority students who had been accepted provisionally into the university on an affirmative action program. And although I never met him, Ward Churchill, in addition to teaching in the ethnic studies department, helped to develop and organize the minority writing program.
        > The job paid most of my bills, but what I witnessed there was absolutely horrifying. The students were encouraged to write essays attacking the white establishment from every conceivable angle and in addition to defend affirmative action and other government programs. Of the hundreds of papers that I read, there was not one original contribution to the problem of black mobility that strayed from the party line.
        > The irony of it all however is that the “white establishment” managed to get them into the college and pay their entire tuition. Instead of being encouraged to study international affairs, classical or modern languages, philosophy or art, most of these students became ethnic studies or sociology majors because it allowed them to remain in disciplines whose orientation justified their existence at the university. In short, it became a vicious cycle.
        > There was a student there I’ll never forget. He was plucked out of the projects in Denver and given a free ride to the university. One day in my office he told me that his mother had said the following to him: “M.J., they owe you this. White people at that university owe you this.” M.J.’s experience at the university was a glorious fulfillment of his mother’s angst.
        > There were black student organizations and other clubs that “facilitated” the minority student’s experience on the majority white and “racist” campus, in addition to a plethora of faculty members, both white and black, who encouraged the same animus toward the white establishment. While adding to their own bona fides as part of the trendy Left, these “facilitators” supplied M.J. with everything he needed to quench his and his mother’s anger, but nothing in the way of advice about how to succeed in college. No one, in short, had told M.J. that he needed to study. But since he was “owed” everything, why put out any effort on his own?
        > In a fit of despair after failing most of his classes, M.J. wandered into my office one Friday afternoon in the middle of the semester and asked if I could help him out. I asked M.J. about his plans that evening, and he told me that he usually attended parties on Friday and Saturday nights. I told him that if he agreed to meet me in front of the university library at 6:00pm I would buy him dinner. At 6pm M.J. showed up, and for the next twenty minutes we wandered silently through the stacks, lounges, and study areas of the library. When we arrived back at the entrance I asked M.J. if he noticed anything interesting. As we headed up the hill to a popular burger joint, M.J. turned to me and said: “They were all Asian. Everyone in there was Asian, and it was Friday night.”
        > Nothing I could do, say, or show him, however, could match the fire power of his support system favoring anger. I was sad to hear of M.J. dropping out of school the following semester.
        > During my time teaching in the writing program, I watched Asians get transformed via leftist doublespeak from “minorities” to “model minorities” to “they’re not minorities” in precise rhythm to their fortunes in business and education. Asians were “minorities” when they were struggling in this country, but they became “model minorities” when they achieved success. Keep in mind “model minority” did not mean what most of us think it means, i.e., something to emulate. “Model minority” meant that Asians had certain cultural advantages, such as a strong family tradition and a culture of scholarship that the black community lacked.
        > To suggest that intact families and a philosophy of self-reliance could be the ticket to success would have undermined the entire angst establishment. Because of this it was improper to use Asian success as a model. The contortions the left exercised in order to defend this ridiculous thesis helped to pave the way for the elimination of Asians altogether from the status of “minority.”
        > This whole process took only a few years.
        > Eric Hoffer said:
        > “…you do not win the weak by sharing your wealth with them; it will but infect them with greed and resentment. You can win the weak only by sharing your pride, hope or hatred with them.”
        > We now know that Barack Obama really has no interest in the “audacity of hope.” With his race speech, Obama became a peddler of angst, resentment and despair. Too bad he doesn’t direct that angst at the liberal establishment that has sold black people a bill of goods since the 1960s. What Obama seems angry about is America itself and what it stands for; the same America that has provided fabulous opportunities for what my black friend called “hungry” minorities. Strong families, self-reliance, and a spirit of entrepreneurship should be held up as ideals for all races to emulate.
        > In the end, we should be very suspicious about Obama’s anger and the recent frothings of his close friend Reverend Wright.
        > Says Eric Hoffer: The fact seems to be that we are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about. Vehemence is the expression of a blind effort to support and uphold something that can never stand on its own.
        > “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” —William J. H. Boetcker
        > That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
        > William J. H. Boetcker
        > .
        > William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln)
        > **********************************************

    • bill o'rights
    • FYI:

      I just discovered a disturbing piece of information that warrants sharing and discussion.

      The FBI has, without notice or explanation, stopped providing national fusion centers with personal identification information with regard to individuals on the U.S. terror watch list.

      The significance of this?

      Well, for better or worse, fusion centers operate without any oversight from the executive branch. In other words, the President has no control over them. This is troubling to me, because it could reflect a desire on the administration’s part to target individuals who aren’t actually terrorists. A schism such as this reflects a dangerous power struggle that could potentially affect us all!

    • JFrizzle
    • No one will ever convince me that Obama and his cohorts’ entire plan revolves on ruining our economy…and that includes the employed. The more on food stamps, the more money it costs, the bigger the deficit, the easier to crush this country under the weight of its own debt. America is the final lamb being slowly led to the slaughter.

      • ThroughTheLookingGlass
      • And this is news? We’ve all known it. Just couldn’t prove it. Isn’t it ironic how some in Barry’s staff owe back taxes? Isn’t it ironic how Barry’s Demoncrats have not passed a budget in over 1000 days? Isn’t it ironic how Barry has not disclosed all his campaign contributions in 2008 and will probably NOT do so again in 2012? and used tax-payer funds to pay for his campaign stops, especially in key swing states? Isn’t it ironic that Barry seems to be flipping off the entire citizenship of this country with a big F&%# YOU? No, it isn’t ironic; it’s CRIMINAL!

    • Publius
    • Gee, it just occurred to me that Obama must have named his dog after Biden’s son. He just used the spelling method he learned from “Hooked on Phonics.”

        • Publius
        • My comment was meant to be witty. They claimed initially that dog was named for a relative of Michelle’s, but naming your dog after yourself is just so unimaginative – not to mention creepy.

          But, then, I’ve always thought it was odd that a black couple from Chicago would name their daughter Natasha (Sasha’s real name).

    • AmericatheBeautiful
    • Noah, We’ve had another 911…far worse than 911…you just do not recognize the destructive liberty killing and destructive economic force that is Obama… and his evil intent for the murderous transformation of your country

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