The number of American households on food stamps hit a record in January according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
A total of 23 million American households received the taxpayer-funded food subsidies – the latest peak in a steady expansion of the welfare program under the administrations of both George W. Bush and current U.S. President Barack Obama.
Meanwhile the individual recipient total for January was 47.7 million – just off of the all-time high set in December 2012.
Wanna see the data for yourself?
Courtesy of the USDA, take a look …
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Where is the “recovery” again?
Anyway, South Carolina is currently trying to reform its food stamp program – which costs taxpayers $1.4 billion annually (and has been the subject of some serious allegations involving the manipulation of data). Gov. Nikki Haley has said she is submitting a waiver to the federal government seeking permission to require food stamp recipients to make healthier dietary choices – but so far she hasn’t done so.
Meanwhile one of Haley’s health czarinas, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton has proposed confining food stamp purchases to the parameters of another, more tightly defined food stamp program (a notion we support).
Of course at the end of the day the real issue – at both the federal and state levels – is the steadily climbing number of dependents.
Hat Tip: Zero Hedge