Dependency / Infographics

Food stamp enrollment: 1970s and 2012

Obama campaigned in 2008 on a disjointed theme of personal responsibility and social interdependence.  It is disjointed because one cannot be responsible for himself or herself, yet at the same time be dependent on others – and more, have others dependent upon him/her.  It is a message at war with itself, on the most basic level.

While trying to position himself as a centrist, however, Obama said something that sounded like it could only come from the mouth of a conservative:

“[O]ne of the things that I am absolutely convinced of is that we have to work as a centerpiece of any social policy.” (8/16/08)

When an economy is mostly free, unemployment and dependency programs rise and fall together: as more people become employed, they tend to stop participating in welfare-type programs, such as receiving food stamps. In President Obama’s economy, however, enrollment in Food Stamp programs has skyrocketed during his term in office – even though unemployment is gradually dropping.

How bad is our situation?  Consider the research data contained in this August 2012 Forbes magazine article:

“During the 1970s, just one in 50 Americans received food benefits, compared with one in seven now (15% of our nation’s total population).”

But what does this explosive growth actually look like?

Continuing, from the same Forbes article:

Half of all current recipients have been on the [Food Stamp] program for eight years or more… 80% of President Obama’s Drought Relief Bill is for food stamps… [at a cost of] $80 billion a year…”

To make matters even worse, Obama has reportedly taken unlawful action in order to remove or severely limit the work requirement from federal dependency programs, thus encouraging even more citizens (and illegal aliens) to become dependent. In fact, the Obama administration has been using our tax dollars as recently as July 2012 in order to lure more Americans (and illegal aliens) onto food stamp programs.

America cannot survive these trends and policies.

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