Americans are becoming more and more dependent on Uncle Sam. Before the Great Recession hit, 1 in 11 Americans found themselves on the food stamp dole. Now the number is 1 in 6, or 47.7 million, according to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Loosening standards and disastrous economic policies have hooked tens of millions on government handouts. In 2001, only 17.3 million people used food stamps, which cost taxpayers $15.5 billion. Now the program imposes a $72 billion annual burden. The economy simply hasn’t been growing enough to put much of a dent in the broad unemployment rate, which remains about 14.5 percent. So it’s not surprising that food stamp usage has exploded along with joblessness, though the economy only tells half the story(Read More)
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