Americans on Food Stamps Rise 50% Since Recession

August 30, 2010

(ChattahBox)—A survey conducted by USA Today, unsurprisingly found that participation in government safety net programs for the poor and unemployed have increased dramatically, since the near collapse of our economy in 2007, which triggered a deep recession and near-double-digit unemployment rates. The number of Americans dependent on food stamps to feed their families, has swelled as much as 50 percent, indicating the level of suffering in the country. The rise in the number of Americans receiving government assistance is attributed to the poor economy, increasing the numbers of people whom qualify. And the expansion of benefits and eligibility requirements by the Obama administration, to help the country ride out the economic storm.

According to USA Today’s survey, “Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.”

The food stamp program has proven to be the most effective in helping Americans in time of need, more than traditional Welfare, which has only expanded by 18 percent. Medicaid, an insurance program for the poor, increased 17 percent and unemployment insurance has also expanded to cover 10 million people.

But as the economy recovers at a snail’s pace, many conservative Republicans are attacking the unemployed, as lazy and not deserving of the unemployment insurance they have paid into.

The following quotes from USA Today’s piece reveals the stark divide between conservatives and liberals, regarding entitlement programs. Conservatives believe the poor should not be receiving government assistance, but instead should turn to private charity. Democrats believe, one of the richest countries in the world should not allow its citizens to starve on the streets, without a proper federal safety net.

“Conservatives fear expanded safety-net programs won’t contract after the economy recovers. “They’re much harder to unwind in the long term,” says Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.”

“Other anti-poverty experts say the record caseloads are a necessary response to economic hardship. “We should be there to support people when the economy can’t,” says LaDonna Pavetti of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning think tank.”

Conservatives are vehemently opposed to any expansion of federal government programs, even during one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression.

But demonizing the poor and unemployed, during a recession is particularly heartless.


One Response to “Americans on Food Stamps Rise 50% Since Recession”

  1. Michael Schuett on September 7th, 2010 10:08 pm

    If you are not a paid Democratic spokesperson you certainly ought to be. What a pack of lies and exaggerations you weave. What’s sad is that there are people out their like you or who gain their beliefs through reading such drivel.

    Let me start by asking where exactly in the United States are people “starving on the streets” as you characterized it? Please answer.

    Second, when you say “many Conservative Republicans are attacking the unemployed as lazy”, please characterize “many”? Is 1 or 2 Senators many? And furthermore characterize “attacking”. Did you know that while advocating “private” charitable giving to the poor one of our nations first and greatest leaders Benjamin Franklin expressed concern over “creating dependency” amongst recipients of Government assistance. As did Thomas Jefferson and many of our nations Great leaders. Were they heartless?

    And instead of Characterizing Michael Tanner’s quote as somehow being off base perhaps you could enlighten your readers with one example of a Government Safety Net program that was eliminated have the arrival of better economic times. Come on…one please.

    Conservatives and Republicans are not evil and don’t run around with pitch forks and horns on their heads. Instead of calling names use your writing skill to argue why your point of view is better. Merely calling names, exaggerating and lying is sophomoric.

    PS- I found your article through a Google search while trying to research information on my company’s annual food and clothing bank awareness campaign. Just something we heartless conservatives tend to do better and more often than you liberals.

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