Obama's America: 45,800,000 Americans Now on Food Stamps

In rough numbers, take the entire populations of Texas and New York — number two and three in population, respectively — and put them on food stamps. Well, welcome to America in 2011.


Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in May, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The number of Americans using the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — more commonly referred to as food stamps — shot to an all-time high of 45.8 million in May, the USDA reported. That’s up 12% from a year ago, and 34% higher than two years ago.

The 15% who are living on food stamps are living on money taken from productive Americans — the 58.1% of the work-eligible population who are actually working  — and handed to them. That money is taken through taxes, under the threat of IRS audit and worse.

Which brings up a question for Ezra Klein and his fellow travelers on the left: Do food stamps constitute “moving money around in ways that are fair?” Show your work.


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