Food Stamps Recipients Increased 11,133 Per Day In Obama’s First Term

One way to mark the legacy of a presidency is to tally statistics and at least one stat is not very flattering for this president: Americans on food stamps have grown by 11,133 every day during his first term.

In 2009, when Obama took office, recipients of SNAP, the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, stood at 31,939,110 but by the end of his first term the latest tally numbered 47,525,329.

That is a growth of 11,133 per day between January of 2009 and October of 2012.

The Congressional Budget office reports that SNAP enrollment increased 70 percent during that period with the food stamp budget growing by $2.7 billion over fiscal year 2011.

Also, it is reported that “SNAP has increased every fiscal year that Obama has been in office. In FY 2009–when SNAP was still known as the “Food Stamp” program–the government spent $55.6 billion.”

Then there is the continued flat jobs market made worse by millions of Americans that have just given up looking for work.

As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, “The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term.”

Add the incredible shrinking labor force to the massive rise in food stamp recipients and we have two statistics that reflect badly on Barack Obama’s first four years.

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  • GarandFan

    It’s all Bush’s fault! Barry has been focused ‘laser-like’ on jobs since he took office. It’s the last thing he thinks about at night, the first thing he thinks about in the morning. Why his vaunted economic council on job creation and growth just met…….a little over a year ago! As Barry would observe “elections have consequences”.

    • retired.military

      You left out that it is also on his mind so much it is the reason every time he flubs a golf shot.

  • 914

    Where’s the beef?

    “The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term.”

    Wow! 80.5 million increase. lol

  • Paul Hooson

    Congress set much of the rules and budget regarding SNAP. But, SNAP is a win-win proposition. It gets food to people, mostly children, who need food, but have limited financial means. And it helps the grocery industry by creating more jobs. I owned a grocery store up until a few months ago, and I have nothing but praise for SNAP. It was a shot in the arm in this weak economy for my business, despite the dragging economy.

    But, even SNAP isn’t enough to keep many grocery stores open in poorer neighborhoods. In much of Detroit, larger grocery stores such as Safeway closed with the bad economy where mostly very small grocery stores with high food prices exist in many poor neighborhoods. Some of these stores are so dangerous that armed owners have to protect food shipments from robbers or hijackers. It sounds a lot like MAD MAX or something, but poverty and hunger are so bad in many areas in Detroit that being in the grocery business is very dangerous for owners despite SNAP.

    SNAP has helped many grocery stores to remain open in poorer neighborhoods. And it has helped to slow the number of business failures in the country somewhat. It’s one government program that helps both the public as well as the business community. I have an educational background in both social work as well as years of experience in business, and know enough about SNAP to highly praise it as a program that works well.

    • 914

      Why was it dangerous for you?

      • Paul Hooson

        Detroit neighborhoods had a lot of danger. We only had to deal with a few problems such as assault from a few rough folks. Nothing we couldn’t handle. A lot different than some armed hijacker stealing an entire grocery shipment in Detroit. Stores like Safeway gave up in much of the city because of this violence from hungry and desperate people.

        • 914

          If they were that hungry and desperate you’d think they would sell their weapons for food. Maybe they were just crooks with no morals taking whats not theirs?

          Kind of similar to Obama, stealing from the populace by hook or crook!

        • retired.military

          Yeah Paul is a big bad ass biker dude who laughs at guys with guns.

          • SCSIwuzzy

            On his Chinese scooter

          • Paul Hooson

            No, a 1648cc Big Mike’s Chopper.

          • Paul Hooson

            Never faced a gun before, just a machete or some guys with fists.

  • herddog505

    And he won’t stop until we’re ALL on the dole.

    Think of how many jobs that would create!

  • 914

    If only jobs could be initiated at that rate. We would be back to 2008 levels in a scant 4 years..

  • LiberalNightmare

    Y’know, they could make things much more efficient if they gave out the obama-phones in the same line as the food stamps and voter registration forms.

    Im just trying to help.

    • Vagabond661

      And picture voter ID cards

      • retired.military

        With the obama phones and food stamps it is one per customer. Voter registration and picture id cards is in the “as many as you can carry ” line

  • taxedmore

    He’s already paying for those votes.

  • Sure, the number of SNAP recipients may have gone up during the last 4 years, but is there any real evidence that President Obama directly caused that number to go up? I don’t know of any.