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Food Stamp List Soars Past 35 Million People


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 35 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 22 percent from June 2008 and a new record as the country continued to grapple with the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The food stamp program, which helps cover the cost of groceries for one in nine Americans, has grown in step with the U.S. unemployment rate which stood at 9.4 percent in July.

The Labor Department will release August employment figures on Friday.

June was the seventh straight month in which food stamp rolls set a record. The average benefit in June was $133.12 per person.

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Do you also blame the previous admin for any small part of this? :rolleyes:

I blame plenty of people for this... It is unbelievable that that many people are on food stamps in this country. All this country needs to do is cut spending and increase economic growth in order to get people off of these wasteful programs...

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I blame plenty of people for this... It is unbelievable that that many people are on food stamps in this country. All this country needs to do is cut spending and increase economic growth in order to get people off of these wasteful programs...

cutting spending increases economic growth? wow are you in remedial economics? sure lets save all our money and not spend a penny, so no money goes into the economy, then the economy will get better. you(everone) spends out of an economy, not saving out of an economy. you are trying to ruin the economy.

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cutting spending increases economic growth? wow are you in remedial economics?

That depends entirely on who is spending, and spending what? Surely if the Government had a bunch of money saved up in case of an economic recession they could spend some money until things turned around. Thinking that printing money out of thin air, and running up an already huge deficit will solve the economic problems in a country is wishful thinking.

sure lets save all our money and not spend a penny

What money? the Gov is in a huge deficit and growing.

so no money goes into the economy, then the economy will get better. you(everone) spends out of an economy

Wouldn't cutting taxes leave more money into the economy, thus causing the economy to get better? Sounds more reasonable to try it that way, than taking money out of the economy passing it through a bunch of bureaucrats then trying to sprinkle what's left into failing parts of the economy.

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I blame plenty of people for this... It is unbelievable that that many people are on food stamps in this country. All this country needs to do is cut spending and increase economic growth in order to get people off of these wasteful programs...

:lol: At a bunch of talking points that mean absolutely nothing. Somebody has been listening to his talk radio..

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:lol: At a bunch of talking points that mean absolutely nothing. Somebody has been listening to his talk radio..

I'll let WhySoJerious32 have this one as well...

Do you really not realize that in order to encourage economic growth you must encourage economic growth? Two fold system of recovery... Cut taxes and drastically reduce spending...

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  • 3 months later...

Food Stamps Go to a Record 37.2 Million, USDA Says

Published on 12-10-2009

Source: Bloomberg

A record 37.2 million people, or about one out of every eight Americans, received food stamps in September, as the recession drove a surging jobless rate, according to a government report.

Recipients of the subsidy for retail-food purchases climbed 18 percent from a year earlier, according to a statement posted today on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Web site. Participation has set records for 10 straight months.

The government boosted food aid as unemployment soared, heading to a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October. The jobless rate cooled to 10 percent last month, the Labor Department said on Dec. 4.

“We’ve been working to get that money out the door” to families that need assistance, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said last week in an interview.

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here in oregon its 1 out 6 that are on food stamps. the weather has been unusually cold too. we been hovering around the 30's and low teens...i just saw recently on news about a family that owns a 750k home with 2 bmws and they are on foodstamps...

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