We all thought there must have been some shenanigans a couple months ago when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a sugarcoated jobs report showing the unemployment was 7.8%. Since it was so close to an election, we thought the numbers had to have been manipulated to help Obama’s re-election chances. Another such statistic routinely released at the end of the month or in the first day or two at the beginning of the next month is the USDA’s SNAP Current Participation Report – the number of those on food stamps. It wasn’t released until three days after Election Day, nine days after the usual time.
The current participation number is not just a new all-time record high, but also includes the largest one-month increase in any year. The number is now over 47.1 million, which includes 22.7 million households, but in the month of July alone, over 420,000 people were enrolled in the food stamp program.
ZeroHedge.com points out that ever since the recession began in December of 2007, far more people have signed up for welfare assistance than lost their jobs:
“Finally, going back to the start of the official start of the depression in December 2007. In the 57 months from then until August 2012, there have been 4.6 million jobs lost even as Americans on food stamps and disability have risen by 21.2 million.”
Add to these food stamp data the number of those currently receiving Medicaid benefits. Over 70 million Americans currently are on the state-run healthcare program. That’s over 20% of the population. 7.6 million were added during Obama’s first term.
In the middle of Obama’s second term, there will likely be a huge jump in Medicaid participation, because starting in 2014, the eligibility will expand:
“Recently, the ObamaCare health reform law expanded Medicaid eligibility to those living on 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The poverty level annual income for a family of four is $23,000 – 133 percent of that, in terms of annual income for a family of four, would be $30,590.”
In most states, you can make more money on welfare than you can an $8/hour job. In a handful of states, you can make more on welfare than from a $12/hour job. With Medicaid’s eligibility expanding in a couple years, and welfare programs paying more, incentive to work continues to drop. If you’re out of work, why even look for another job when the government will take care of you? Obama’s legacy will be a nation of welfare parasites.