Another year, another record number of food stamp recipients in America.
While there had been speculation that the BLS may delay the release of its October nonfarm payroll number until after the election, it turned out there was no reason to worry. Perhaps this is because the number, while at stall speed, was not quite as horrible as some had expected (even if the change in average hourly earnings did tumble to new all time lows) and so boosted Obama’s reelection chances. There was, however, another closely tracked number which perhaps is far more indicative of the economic “growth” in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The number of course is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month. This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August foodstamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. One can see why a reported surge in foodstamps ahead of the elections is something the USDA, and the administration may not have been too keen on disclosing.
It’s been a helluva bad week for the president despite being re-elected. But, of course, he planned it that way. He delayed the announcement of his CIA director’s resignation until after the election, and now we discover he delayed the bad news about a record number of Americans receiving food stamps until everyone had voted.
Can you imagine what might come out next week?
One more stat that our president can take pride in:
Finally, going back to the start of the official start of the depression in December 2007. In the 57 months from then until August 2012, there have been 4.6 million jobs lost even as Americans on foodstamps and disability have risen by 21.2 million.
I don’t see how it’s racist to note Obama’s record-breaking performance. It’s not like we’re accusing him of using food stamps, or of being disabled, or even of being a welfare queen (although we need to give him more time to build up massive numbers of new welfare recipients before we can anoint him The King of Welfare). And he certainly didn’t lose his job, although at least 59 million Americans wish he did.
But the left is correct; it is racist to call Obama “The Food Stamp President,” especially since the length and depth of his unmatched leadership in economic matters extends into so many other fields. His accomplishments are staggering — both to contemplate and for the country — and we await with great interest his future record-breaking.