According to the USDA, a record 20 percent of U.S. households were on food stamps in 2013.
This statistic is released as Obama and his administration continue to trumpet that our economy is growing and that the government has been successfully “created jobs.”
Still, Obama often reminds us that there is “more work to be done.” This is bureaucratic jargon for “let’s expand entitlements.” And so, we have seen the food stamp program, along with other welfare programs, explode in recent years.
As reported by Hot Air, “In 2013, the monthly average for individuals on food stamps hit an all-time-high of 47,636,084, according to the USDA, an increase of 1,027,012 over the 46,609,072 individuals who were participating in the program in 2012… For fiscal year 2013, the SNAP program cost $79,641,880,000, which is a 164% increase over the past decade. When adjusted for inflation, the cost of the SNAP program was $30,153,090,000 in fiscal year 2003.”
Government welfare is well intended, but it can make poor people comfortable remaining in poverty. Why pay your own way when Uncle Sam will pay it for you? A temporary and effective safety net to help struggling Americans put food on the table undoubtedly makes sense, but SNAP has spun out-of-control.