The Dependence on Food Stamps is a Ticking Time Bomb
Sean Kerrigan, Contributor
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Discussing the nation’s dependence on Food Stamps is likely to put many people into a defensive mode. Some feel resentful of those accepting government food subsidy. People on Food Stamps are sensitive to criticism in the media because often it comes with the implication that they are lazy or exploiting the system. Of course, fraud is a concern, but despite the national narrative, we would argue that these people are victims more often than not.
As readers of this blog are aware, we feel that the nation’s economy is at serious risk. Words like “meltdown” and “collapse” often come to mind. In the event of a financial crisis, Food Stamp recipients all over the country could be endangered. Unless the government responds quickly, violence could easily erupt as people attempt to secure food. Lets walk through it, but first we need to explain how bad the problem has gotten.
Food Stamp Usage
In the last five years, usage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called Food Stamps, has exploded, nearly doubling from about 26 million in 2007 to about 47.7 million today. An average of one out of every 6.5 Americans is now dependent on the government for food assistance, an absolutely stunning statistic.