The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that food stamp enrollment reached an all-time high of 46.7 million individuals or 22.4 million households in June 2012. Enrollment is up 3.3 percent over a year prior and up 46 percent since January 2009. Food stamps cost American taxpayers $6.2 billion in June 2012, up from $3.6 billion in January 2009, an increase of 72 percent. Food stamps are an entitlement program paid for through the Farm Bill. The current Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of September 2012.
"No doubt about it: Barack Obama is officially the 'Food Stamp President,'" Congressman Tim Huelskamp said. "The sad thing is that is the way he wants it. It shores up his base to hand out more of other people's money. President Obama would much rather Americans be dependent on the government to feed their families than on a paycheck. It is a testament to the failure of the Obama Economy that 14.7 million Americans have been added to the food stamp rolls since he took office. In addition to becoming the Debt King, by adding $5.3 trillion to the national debt, President Obama has also put more Americans on food stamps than any other President."
"With imminent expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill, Washington needs to have a grown-up conversation about the unchecked pace of food stamp enrollment. The uptick is due in large part to the failure of the Obama Economy, but also to the ideology that more people dependent on government is better. Congress must put down its foot and stop President Obama from exploiting the Farm Bill for his own political gain."