Unemployment Down - Food Stamps Up
In 2009, the state unemployment rate peaked at 8.7 percent. It’s now down to 6.3 percent — a 28 percent drop. Meanwhile the number of Bay Staters on food stamps has jumped from 720,000 to more than 850,000, a 15 percent increase.
Here’s the test question: Is that a good thing, or bad?
Look, the economy still stinks, but it doesn’t stink as bad as it did in 2008-2009. And yet, from 2007 to 2011, spending on food stamps went up an astonishing 135 percent.
And it’s still going up.
How does this make sense? Shouldn’t “more jobs” equal “less welfare?”
It turns out, that’s all part of the plan.
Both the federal government and the Patrick administration have been spending your money to recruit more non-traditional “clients” to become dependent on . . . your money!
As James Bovard reported in The Wall Street Journal, “Thanks in part to vigorous federally funded campaigns by nonprofit groups, the government’s AmeriCorps service program, and other organizations urging people to accept government handouts, the number of food-stamp recipients has soared.”