More Americans than ever are now on food stamps, it’s another Obama record. You would think the people in the White House would be ashamed of that fact. But no, they’re bragging about food stamps boosting the economy.
A Thanksgiving message posted on the White House website says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)–AKA food stamps–helps millions of Americans put food on the table and keeps millions out of poverty.
In the last five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone up 67.7 percent.
“What’s more, SNAP is boosting the economy right now,” the infographic says. “SNAP’s effect extends beyond the food on a family’s table–to the grocery stores, truck drivers, warehouses, processing plants and farmers that helped get it there.”
The White House says every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates as much as $9 in economic activity for participating grocery stores and farmer’s markets.
“It’s estimated that an additional $1 billion in SNAP benefits supports an additional 8,900 to 17,900 full-time-equivalent jobs — including 3,000 farm jobs,” the White House said. (Read More)
They also used the Thanksgiving food stamp message to attack Republicans. Of course.