14 Million More on Food Stamps Under Obama
People should have to work for food stamps. There is so much that needs done.
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With just 121 days until Democratic candidates face angry voters at the polls, President Barack Obama is touting a recent jobs report as evidence that his jobs agenda is finally working.
“We’re making progress,” Obama declared proudly.
Yet as even the New York Times noted, “In fact, part-time jobs accounted for two-thirds of all new jobs in June.” Moreover, as former Wall Street Journal economist Ben Casselman, now with Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, points out, “For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work.”
One of the clearest and most immediate shorthand economic barometers voters use to determine how Main Street America is doing–food stamp enrollments–casts a pall over Obama’s reinvigorated claims of yet another “recovery summer.”
When Obama entered office in Jan. 2009, 31.9 million individuals received food stamp benefits. As of Mar. 2014 (the latest available data reported by the Department of Agriculture), 46,097,719 people received food stamps.