Lori Sturdevant: Newt Gingrich's war on food stamps

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2012 - 5:06 PM

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich caught my attention after his South Carolina primary victory Saturday when he claimed that he offers Americans “a life of independency and paychecks” while President Obama offers “a life of dependency and food stamps.”

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minn12Jan. 25, 12 5:31 PM

Facts are stubborn things. It is a fact that the biggest number of people ever on Food Stamps happened while Obama is president. If his policies were actually doing anything to help the economy recover, that number would be going DOWN, not up in record amounts. Does Lori not know that every big liberal program that is supposed to help the poor actually winds up HARMING them and making them more dependent on government handouts? That is the point Gingrich and others are making. Obama's failed economic and social programs simply are NOT WORKING, and making more and more people dependent on government. Of course, it just so happens that people getting government handouts wind up being democrat voters, so they can keep getting those benefits. What a 'coincidence'.

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lemminkainenJan. 25, 12 6:10 PM

But Gingrich goes too far to say Obama has put more on the rolls than other presidents. We asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition service for month-by-month figures going back to January 2001. And they show that under President George W. Bush the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million. Nothing before comes close to that.

And under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million. To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama’s time in office than during Bush’s.

It’s possible that when the figures for January 2012 are available they will show that the gain under Obama has matched or exceeded the gain under Bush. But not if the short-term trend continues. The number getting food stamps declined by 43,528 in October. And the economy has improved since then.
http://factcheck.org/2012/01/newts-faulty-food-stamp-claim/

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joeydaroachJan. 25, 12 7:43 PM

lemminkainen - More were added in Bush's 8 years than Obama's 3. Holy cow! Did you look at the chart on the link you supplied? Notice how the graph trends way up in Obama's 3 years. Look at trends... the guy is killing the American spirit. He wants his subjects to be dependent on the State.

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actualreaderJan. 25, 12 7:45 PM

And, again: what about the people who are working and still need food stamps? How is that the gubmint's fault? If someone can barely cover his rent, transportation and medical bills and comes up short on food, does taking food stamps away make him more independent? Hmmm. I would think that would end up -- and I quote -- HARMING him.

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ebonyanivoryJan. 25, 12 7:47 PM

You really want to tell us that Obama is not the food stamp President? "Participation in the food stamp program, technically known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), has increased by 44% from 32.0 million in January 2009 to 46.2 million in October 2011, the last month for which data is available. During that time, the average monthly benefit per person has increased by over 18% from $114 to $135"

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gopherfan93Jan. 25, 12 8:43 PM

"And under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million. To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama’s time in office than during Bush’s." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that obama managed to accomplish in 3 years what Bush did in 8 when it comes to adding people to the food stamp rolls.

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lemminkainenJan. 25, 12 8:57 PM

yes recessions cause an increase in food stamp use and when one walks into office in the middle of a recession they will encounter the increased need immediately, duh!

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ciamanJan. 25, 12 8:59 PM

What everyone forgets is that 50 percent of all Americans are now rated as "Poor". And that is the worst time ever. Lori, did you see what your employer published? Those numbers came right from the Star/Tribune. Good numbers,Lori. What is happening is that the 50 percent who have jobs and are not POOR can no longer support all of the other half. That is so clear that any liberal would have to concede. And look at Europe. Why is Europe crumbling? Because of their socialism and give-a-away ideas. No one can be carried from the crib to the grave. Some people really have to work. It would be much better if at least 70 percent of all people would have real jobs and get out of bed and go to work.

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joggerJan. 25, 12 9:02 PM

Gingrich is not making war on food stamps - he is highlighting the failed economic policies of an Obama administration that is forcing people to take food stamps - whether they work or not.

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goferfanzJan. 25, 1210:49 PM

"""yes recessions cause an increase in food stamp use and when one walks into office in the middle of a recession they will encounter the increased need immediately,""" So, are you defending Bush, owebama, or I guess both?

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