A new report from the Congressional Budget Office states that there are now almost 45 million Americans getting food stamps -- or, officially, the more genteel Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
That's one out of every seven residents. The total yearly federal spending is $78 billion, which has something like tripled in the last 10 years. The CBO estimates that the number of people SNAP benefits will continue to rise before beginning to decline at the end of 2014 -- though, judging from the history of CBO forecasts, I'd say its guess is as good as yours.
We regularly hear how conservatives are planning to "cut" food stamps, or "take them" from someone in need. In reality, the House GOP -- and my confidence in them ever doing it is low -- would only be slowing down the unprecedented growth of food stamp dependency, growth that was partly instituted by Obama's stimulus plan.
Here is the breakdown:
BY DAVID HARSANYI
submitted by Army Master Sgt. Ed Barnett (ret)