ran two different headlines about food stamps in the last few weeks.
One on March 24 read "OHIO:
Nearly one in 10 now receives food stamps; highest number in state’s history…"
and another on March 31, "NUMBERS
OF AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMPS HITS RECORD…".
On April 1, British paper The Independent declared "USA
2008: The Great Depression". The opening line stated,
"Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the
credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive".
So that’s it then? Food stamps on the rise, we’re all going to be
living in cardboard boxes and the sky is falling. Maybe.
Richard Rector of the New York
Sun examines the numbers behind the increase in food stamp use and puts the
situation into context. The impression most media want to impose is that
if a record number of Americans are using food stamps then by default that same
number must be in poverty. However, as Mr. Rector points out, this is not
The recent Food Stamp
The facts show otherwise.
On average, poor children
He lists three reasons for the food stamp activity which are all
logical; the increase in in American population, the food stamp operation being cyclical
allowing spikes in economic slowdown, and aggressive campaigns with relaxed
Does it come as a surprise that people (and many who may not
need the help) would take advantage of government handouts, especially when it
is made easier for them to get it?