New Food Stamps (Name changed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program "SNAP" in 2009) and Social Security Disability Recipients outweigh the number of Americans who have gotten jobs, by a lot. In what used to be a "safety net" program has been accepted as a "norm".
Interestingly Mitt Romney's recent comment about 47% of the population being dependent on the government and "believe the government has a responsibility to care for them," has been blasted in the ridiculously biased mainstream media. However, a CNBC Poll (not scientific) shows that 76% of Americans agree with Romney.
Mitt Romney should pound the message even louder. The Mainstream Media be damned; they do not reflect the opinion of Americans.
Although former President George W. Bush should rightfully face criticism for the entitlement programs rising exponentially under his watch, these programs have soared under President Obama. Interestingly, the actual cost of running the SNAP program has also risen disproportionately under President Obama.
Kim Zigfeld from PJ Media has reported a stunning statistic. The cost of the SNAP program, "...under Obama rose from an average of $3.6 billion per month when he came to office to $6.2 billion per month now, a disproportional increase of 72% compared to the 46% increase in program usage." If that isn't bad enough, the article also points out the cost of running the SNAP program has risen by 135% from 2007 to 2011.
Thomas Sowell laments in a recent article,
"The Obama administration is shamelessly advertising in the media Â— whether on billboards or on television...Welfare state bureaucrats have been sent into supermarkets to tell shoppers that food stamps are available."
Sent into supermarkets? No wonder the cost of SNAP has gone up disproportionately. As CNN points out, although one in seven people are on SNAP, "the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program." The United States government has been actively promoting SNAP and their campaign is clearly a resounding success, as the Weekly Standard reports that SNAP recipients number 46,670,373 Americans and "has doubled in size since 2008 and quadrupled since 2001."
If one was interested in conspiracy theories, he or she could easily make a case that there seems to be a deliberate overwhelming of the system, following the blueprint for revolution strategy proposed by Leftist Heroes Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven in 1966.
Thomas Sowell asks the question,
"At what point does a safety net become a hammock?"
Watch him here:
Photo Source (Grocery Bag): SNAP.NTIS.gov
Image source: Weekly Standard