Click through to see a scary chart: the number of food stamp recipients over the last seven years. Under Obama, the number has soared by 44%.
There is no sign that this is going to be reversed. Yet we are three years into the so-called economic recovery.
In June, more people went on food stamps (173,600) than got jobs (64,000). But there was a difference. Most of the people on food stamps are full time. The number never goes down. At least some of the jobs are part-time. There will be a move out of part-time jobs to full-time food stamp dependence.
This trend into food stamp dependence seems irreversible. All talk about an economic recovery is blind to what is happening to people at the bottom. The ranks of the dependents grows.
This dependence is permanent. These people will not get back into self-funded living. They will remain wards of the state.
This is a major shift in what we think of as the American character. The scene in <i>Cinderella Man</i>, where boxer James Braddock comes to the welfare office to return money that he had received, is based on a true incident. He really did this. That would be inconceivable today.
We are seeing the federal government extend its intrusion into people’s lives. It is creating dependence.
When the default comes, these people will find it difficult to leave that lifestyle and get back into the labor market as competitive producers.