Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., brought a portrait of former President Bush to the House floor today as he mounted a sustained argument that Bush, not President Obama, is the true “food stamp president.”
“I have to admit that when Newt Gingrich first used the phrase ‘the food stamp president,’ I was outraged,” Gutierrez said, apparently alluding the charge that Gingrich was race-baiting. “But then I started looking at the facts, I did my homework, I crunched the numbers, and I have to admit, ‘food stamp president’ might be on target.”
Gutierrez recalled that government spending on food stamps increased $19 billion under Bush, that 11 million more people began using food stamps under Bush, and that the value of the food stamp benefits increased $27 per person.
“And here we have him, the food stamp president of the United States, George W. Bush,” he said, before calling Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, “food stamp president, Sr.,” given the increase in food stamp spending under that president. “It’s hereditary, a rampant disease that makes them want to feed poor people,” Gutierrez said.