From Pine View Farm

Food Stamps by the Numbers 2

Facing South takes on the Newtonian lies with facts.* Here’s a few; follow the link for the rest (emphasis in the original):

Number of people who have joined the food stamp program — known since 2008 as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — under President Obama: 14,200,000

Number of people who became SNAP beneficiaries under President George W. Bush: 14,700,000

Number of people added to the SNAP rolls in the 12 months before Obama took office in January 2009: 4,400,000

Percentage by which that exceeds the number added in 2007, when the economic downturn began: 300


*Fact: noun. Concept irrelevant to Republican campaigns.



  1. George

    January 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    It’s worth adding that a large number of people on food stamps are employed. American business, however, will not pay them a sufficient living. It’s another reason to laugh at the Galtian GOPs and they’re incessant bleating about business over all, the free market, and the necessity of disciplining people into earning paychecks rather than relying on the government — when American business squeezed workers so hard they effectively got the government to subsidize the shortfall in decent pay lest hunger begin stalking the land and causing upheaval.  

  2. Frank

    January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Quite correct. Facing South includes the employment stats at the link.

    Walmart’s gyrations to keep its employees benefit-less and in penury are atypical only in their thoroughness, not in their purpose.