As a GOP presidential contender during the last election cycle, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made headlines for describing Barack Obama as the “food stamp president.”
Obviously, he received plenty of scorn and vitriol from Obama’s supporters; however, a recent report shows his depiction was factually sound. The number of American families receiving welfare has skyrocketed under this administration.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a record-high 20 percent of households were receiving food stamps during 2013. This percentage equates to more than 23 million families relying on the federal government for their very survival in any given month.
The 2013 total represents a spike of almost a quarter-million families in just a year. When compared to the year of Obama’s inauguration, however, the increase is staggering.
During fiscal year 2009, just over 15 million families were living on food stamps and, within five years of the Obama regime, that number had risen by more than 50 percent.
As an overall percentage of the population, the USDA indicates nearly 48 million Americans currently receive food stamps – an increase of more than one million over 2012 totals.
Of course, a primary concern regarding this trend is the unsustainable fiscal impact such benefits have on an already struggling and bloated economy. The food stamp program cost American taxpayers about $80 billion during the last fiscal year. This total is about 37 percent higher than 2009 totals and is nearly triple that of the inflation-adjusted expenditures of just a decade earlier.
The rate of new food stamp recipients is not only increasing, but doing so at an alarming rate. Already a wasteful program subject to rampant fraud and abuse, Obama is dedicated to replacing the American Dream with reliance on government largesse.
Despite the left’s pleas to the contrary during the 2012 election season, Obama is doing his best to prove Gingrich right.
–B. Christopher Agee
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