Yet another indictor has now recently come to light that would show that Barry’s success at being able to “fundamentally transform” this nation, just as he promised he that would, continues pretty much unabated. And while I hear a lot of talk about efforts to rein Barry in, I see precious little activity coming from those who comprise our new Republican majority in Congress. That indicator to which I refer is the fact that over 20 percent, 21.7, of US children, an estimated 16 million youths, are now on food stamps. That number has almost doubled since the ‘Great Recession’ began in 2007. In 2007, 12.7 percent of children under 18 received food stamps, by 2014, that number had jumped to 21.7, an increase of 70.9 percent.
More than one in five of the country’s 73.7 million children now receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, better known as food stamps. Now keep in mind that before the economic downturn of December 2007, it was only one in eight kids, or roughly 9 million, who were on food stamps. And it has been the ‘economic’ polices that have been put in place by Barry over the course of the last six years, that are primarily to blame for the nearly doubling that number. Because from day one he set out with a purpose, determined to get as many people as possible dependent upon government. And, really, what better place for Barry and the Democrats to start than with the ‘children?’
The US child poverty rate, or the percent of children living in households with incomes below 50 percent of the national median income, is 23.1 percent. And it’s a sad thing to have to say, but according to a 2013 UNICEF report, it’s only Romania that ranks higher, at 23.6 percent. There are 14.7 million poor children, of which 6.5 million can be considered as being extremely poor. As a way of putting those 14.7 million poor children into perspective, that number exceeds the population of 12 US states combined: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming and they also exceed the combined populations of Sweden and Costa Rica.
And it’s that nearly 6.5 million extremely poor children, or those living at less than half the poverty level, that actually exceed the combined populations of Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. That number also exceeds the populations of Denmark or Finland. The lost productivity and extra health and crime costs stemming from child poverty add up to roughly 500 Billion dollars a year, or 3.8 percent of the US gross domestic product. Food stamps are one of those costs. The program began in the mid-1990s, designed as a temporary safety net for single adults without children. Now it includes married couples, couples with children, and single parents.
Never before in our history have we had as many Americans, as we have today, who are dependent upon government in one form or another. Food stamps is but one area where we have seen a substantial growth in those things are routinely referred to as being government ‘benefits’. But if we can be honest in our discussions of such things, there is really very little that’s actually beneficial from being dependent upon government. Because with dependence almost always comes the intrusion of government into one’s life, because with those ‘benefits’ come a certain amount of strings being attached. No actual good ever comes, either for the individual or for society at large, from increasing the dependency of citizens on the government.