On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture quietly released new statistics related to the food stamps program, officially known as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The numbers reveal, in 2012, the food stamps program was the biggest itís ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the program every month of last year. 47,791,996 people were on the program in the month of December 2012.
I'm not going to attack the Food Stamp program, even though there are plenty of things about it to criticize. Instead I'm going to point out what this means -- some 15% of the American public is receiving its daily sustenance courtesy of this one government program. Is it really possible to claim that we are in an economic recovery when the number of people dependent upon such programs is increasing?