For those struck by the statistics I quoted yesterday regarding Food Stamp dependency, let's look at the numbers a bit differently -- the percentage of Americans relying on this government program to provide their basic sustenance.
Can we really claim that the economy is recovering if the only reason people are eating is because the government is providing for them instead of them being able to provide for themselves?
Please note -- I stated in the earlier post that Food Stamp dependency was at 15%, while this chart shows it near 20%. I used the entire population as the starting point for my calculation, while this chart shows percentage of the non-institutionalized civilian population. Each statistic is correct -- this chart simply shows that when one excludes members of the armed forces and those in prisons, the problem is even more acute.