Barack Obama leaves behind a long list of failures.
Obamacare. ISIS. $20 trillion dollars in debt.
But one figure stands out as perhaps the most shameful failure of the Obama era.
When Barack Obama took office in 2009, 33 million Americans were on food stamps.
That number swelled to 43 million during his last year in office.
Overall, 10.7 million more Americans were added to food stamp rolls while he was in office.
“The number of food stamps recipients went up by 10.7 million people, a 32 percent jump, since President Obama took office in 2009, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In 2009, 33,490,000 people received food stamp benefits. As of October 2016, the last month reported for FY 2016, 44,219,123 people received food stamp benefits, an increase of about 10,729,000.
The U.S. population as of October 1, 2016 was 324,607,826, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Therefore, the 44,219,123 people on food stamps represented 13.6 percent of the population.
The cost of food stamps to taxpayers also increased over the time Obama was in office. As of 2009, all food stamp recipients received up to $50.3 billion in benefits. As of 2016, that number has increased to $66.6 billion, an estimated increase of $16.3 billion.
The average monthly benefit for food stamp recipients, however, remains almost unchanged. In 2009, food stamp recipients received an average monthly benefit of $125.31, while in 2016 they received $125.51.”
During the 2012 campaign, the left-wing press jumped down Newt Gingrich’s throat when he called Obama the “food stamp President”.
They howled cries of racism.
But he was just speaking the truth.
Leftists like Obama encourage government dependency because they think it buys them votes.
This is one of the reasons why the Democrat Party pushes so hard for government run health care.
Once they think they have Americans hooked on the federal government for their health care, it makes it harder for them to support the Republican Party, which would rather have free market reforms and end the government’s role in the insurance market place.
The same is true of food stamps.
The rate of increasing government dependency is not seen as a negative by Obama or the Democrats.
Instead, they see future Democrat voters.
More Americans were forced to go on food stamps because of the poor economic recovery.
Many Americans devastated by the financial crisis of 2008 never recovered due to Obama’s failed policies and were then forced to turn to government benefits.
Do you think Obama’s legacy of increasing food stamps is a stain on his record?
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