Under Barack Obama food stamp use has soared.
Democrats believe it’s one of the great American success stories.
One in seven Americans is on food stamps. According to the left, this high rate of participation is part of what makes America exceptional. So boasts liberal political commentator Alan Colmes in Monday’s Wall Street Journal op-ed “How Democrats Made America Exceptional.”
Since the food stamps program began in the 1960s, the participation rate has soared from roughly one in 20 Americans to where it is today. Apparently, this is the liberal idea of progress.
And so anxious are they to make even greater strides that the Department of Agriculture was busily working to recruit more participants.
But that’s not all.
Under Barack Obama, a record one in sixteen Americans is collecting federal disability insurance payments today.
Another Obama record.
CNS News reported:
The Social Security Administration has released new data revealing that 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets yet another record for the number of Americans on disability.
The 8,786,049 workers taking federal disability in September is a net increase of 18,108 from the 8,767,941 workers who took federal disability in August.
Over the past 45 years, the number of American workers taking federal disability payments has increased four-fold relative to the number actually working.
In August 1967, 74,767,000 Americans were working (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and 1,152,861 were taking federal disability insurance (according to the Social Security Administration). That means that at that time there were about 65 Americans working for each worker collecting disability.
In August 2012, 142,101,000 Americans were working and 8,767,941 were on disability–meaning there were only 16.2 people working for each person collecting disability.
And don’t forget – He’s also the worst jobs president since the Great Depression. Today with an 8.3% unemployment rate more than 1 in 12 Americans is out of work.
No wonder they want to talk about Mitt Romney’s taxes.
It’s hard to see how a society can continue to prosper with numbers like these.
UPDATE: Here is another related chart from Victoria Taft: