Liberals Claim Food Stamps as One of the Great American Success Stories
Success at last!
Maybe Obama can run on his food stamp record tonight in his DNC speech?
After all, 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.
Today, the food stamps program is one of the largest and the fastest growing of the roughly 80 welfare programs funded by the federal government. Since 2000, spending has nearly quadrupled, with much of the growth taking place over the last four years. Since President Obama came to office, food stamps spending doubled from roughly $39 billion in 2008 to an estimated $85 billion in 2012.