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Yes, Michelle, That Is Huge

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No, not the recovery. The explosion of dependency on your watch.

 

Here's a chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee, outlining the program's enormous growth:

As the chart shows, when President Obama took office, enrollment in the food stamps program was 31.98 million. Now, not even four years later, it's a whopping 46.48 million. (In 2002, as the chart states, "19.1 million Americans received food stamps.")

In fact, the newly released data represents enrollment in July (the last month for which data is available). Assuming the program remained on its projected path, the number of those enrolled in food stamps is likely now larger by several hundreds of thousands.

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