Sunday, January 3, 2010


I hope everyone gets to read the NY Times article about the rapid growth of food stamp use. Some headlines from that article…


About one in 50 Americans now lives in a household with a reported income that consists of nothing but a food-stamp card.


One in eight Americans now receives food stamps, including one in four children.


Such sad statistics, yet I'm really glad to see them in the news. World's greatest nation? No, simply an embarrassment. Superpower? I don't think so. How can you legitimize your power when more than 10% of your adult citizens are using food stamps and 25% of your children?

I wish the report had given us the number of service families that are on food stamps. Yes, those service men and women we claim to support have money problems just like the rest of us. Wearing a uniform and going to places like Afghanistan or Iraq does not mean that bills don't need to be paid. And yes, theses soldiers receive food stamps when needed and some need it right now. Shameful.


The article? I could have linked to it but didn't get around to it…you know how to find it.

1 comment:

  1. When grocery shopping in Texas, always a large family (at least 6 children aged infant to six years old) of Mexican immigrants using food stamps while I could barely afford the basic necessities. I really resented that and their need to have a baby every year that the state then came to fund.