I guess you can file that in your “it sure feels good to be a victim” file.
But I don’t think anyone has gone out and interviewed the 40-plus million Americans now on food stamps, and asked them if they thought this was a sign of great things to come.
One in Every 8 Americans Now on Food Stamps
The number of Americans receiving food stamps in March topped 40 million for the first time as the jobless rate hovered near a 26-year high.
Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases totaled 40.2 million, up 21% from a year earlier and 1.2% more than in February, the Department of Agriculture said yesterday in a statement on its website. The number of recipients has set records for 16 straight months. [Hmmm…that’s how long Obama’s been president! Sheer coincidence, of course. -Ed.]
Food aid climbed as the unemployment rate stayed at 9.7% in March for a third straight month, near levels last seen in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate rose to 9.9% in April. Jobless numbers for May will be released tomorrow.
An average of 40.5 million people, more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1, according to White House estimates. The figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011.