The liberal and progressive media/blogosphere have all been jubilantly patting themselves on the back over an article posted recently on Factcheck.org. The article was in regards to Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama has added more people to the food stamp program than any president in history. As it turns out it was actually former President Bush that had the most people utilize the food stamp program while he was in office.
A whooping 14.7 million additional people became recipients of food stamps under Bush while only a meager 14.2 million people were added under Obama. It basically took 3 years of Obama’s presidency to nearly accomplish what it took Bush 8 years to do in regards to expanding the percent of American citizens living in poverty. Yes there was an incredible economic collapse that took place at the end of Bush’s term while the Democrats were running Congress. That absolutely has to be taken into consideration but what also has to be considered are the trillions of dollars of tax payer money that was spent by the Obama administration that was supposed turn things around. Shovel ready jobs, green jobs and middle class tax cuts were supposed to save the country but all that money spent has yielded some pretty dismal results . The White House says we lost at least 8 million jobs due to the collapse and have created only 3 million in the past 3 years. The recovery has been an abject failure at best but I digress, the point of this editorial is not to criticize Obama’s policy failures, the point is to shine light on the one thing that everyone commenting on this story seems to be missing.
Over 28 million people have found themselves in the position to need to utilize the food stamp program over the past decade.
This country has some serious issues. We have a corrupt for profit medical industry, a banking system designed to steal from the middle class, a military industrial complex that views wars as profit and a completely failing educational system. Our political system has turned into an auction for the highest bidder and our media is wholly owned by corporate interests. The middle class is not only suffering it’s shrinking. The fact that our media rather argue over a .5 million difference between the amount of Americans pushed into poverty on either president’s watch rather than discuss the issues surrounding the over 28 million total people needing food stamps is a brilliant example of our countries current race to the bottom.
It’s a sad day when the fact is over 14 million people in the past 3 years needed government assistance to buy food but since overall it’s a total of 444,574 fewer than the previous administration it’s considered some kind of political victory.