It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
UPDATE, Jan. 31: At BigGovernment.com, Wynton Hall reminds us of another reason reason why Obama the “Food Stamp President” moniker, namely the promotion of dependence –
Despite the historic rise in food stamp use, however, the Obama Administration believes not enough people are receiving food stamps who should be and is offering $75,000 grants to groups who devise “effective strategies” to “increase program participation” among those who have yet to sign up.
Now I have little doubt, given the dependency bureaucracy’s persistence, that this occurred under George W. Bush (scratch that, make it no doubt, to the tune of about 15 grants per year during most years).
But given the historic high in usage and the alleged food stamp crime wave, there doesn’t seem to be any need to promote usage. Also, if the administration wants to promote usage among those who really need it, it should save money by tightening the rules to get most college kids, people with $300,000 paid-off homes, and others who never should have been receiving benefits in the first place off of the rolls.