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Over 46 Million Americans Receive Food Stamps for 35th Straight Month

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 15, 2014

Most Americans realize the economy is not heading in the right direction, even though we are years into the so-called recovery.  One objective indicator of the ongoing economic is the number of people receiving food stamps, a measure of Americans in poverty.

According to the Department of Agricultural, in July 2014 nearly 46.5 million Americans received benefits under the SNAP program.  More telling, July was the 35th consecutive month that over 46 million Americans received food stamps.  In addition, according to CNSNews.com, over 35% Americans now receive some sort of welfare.

Given the trillions America has spent on anti-poverty programs since Pres. Johnson’s Great Society programs, as well as the hundreds of billions of stimulus spending by the government since the 2008 economic meltdown, these poverty figures are staggering.  They not only indicate that these programs failed, but also raise questions as to whether the programs themselves actually have damaged those Americans they were supposed to aid.

It is time to reevaluate which programs work, as well as those that do not.  Programs that not lead to objectively determined positive results should be canceled.  It is no longer reasonable for Progressives to claim that programs that wasted hundreds of billions of dollars over years of time can be repaired by still more spending.

Is no longer a choice between policies promoted by either the Left or Right.  With more than one third of Americans receiving some form of welfare, the trajectory is simply unsustainable.  Without repair to wasteful spending and inefficient programs, the Country will in the not-too-distant future will be unable to pay for those truly in need.  That will be a real tragedy


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