While Obama agrees to another 13 months of unemployment checks for people who, as far as I have seen so far, just use the money to take trips around the world and enjoy the beach, food stamps leap up 16.2% across the nation. I don’t know how much longer I can keep paying for all that free food and globe-trotting.
From the Wall Street Journal:
“42.9 million people collected food stamps last month, up 1.2% from the prior month and 16.2% higher than the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nationwide 14% of the population relied on food stamps as of September but in some states the percentage was much higher. In Washington, D.C., Mississippi and Tennessee – the states with the largest share of citizens receiving benefits – more than a fifth of the population in each was collecting food stamps.”
If you are in my home state of California, take a look around next time you are out in public. One in ten of the people you’re looking at is on food stamps. If you live in Mississippi or Tennessee, it’s 1 in 5.
If you’d like to see how many people in your state are making you pay for their food, click on the Wall Street Journal link above.
SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Reader Tim Wallace over on Mish’s Blog provided the charts below.
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Categories: Welfare State