More people tapped food stamps to pay for groceries in September as the recession and lackluster recovery have prompted more Americans to turn to government safety net programs to make ends meet.
Some 42.9 million people collected food stamps last month, up 1.2% from the prior month and 16.2% higher than the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nationwide 14% of the population relied on food stamps as of September but in some states the percentage was much higher. In Washington, D.C., Mississippi and Tennessee – the states with the largest share of citizens receiving benefits – more than a fifth of the population in each was collecting food stamps.
President Obama had the food stamp program cut twice in the past year - once in order to save cuts to his Race to the Top program, once to offset an increase in school lunch aid.
Gee, he couldn't have raised taxes on a few millionaires to get the money for the school lunch program?
And he couldn't bear to see some money for standardized test data tracking systems cut from Race to the Top?
No, I guess he couldn't.
This is especially disturbing since for most people in America, the economy is NOT getting better, the jobs situation is NOT getting better and the food situation is NOT getting better.
Ironic, but Obama's Change We Can All Believe In looks suspiciously like Bush's Ownership Society.