Fox News Lies About Food-Stamp Growth

Today, on the front-page of FoxNews.com, they published this lie: “Despite rapidly-rising number of food stamp recipients in the US…” See the screenshot below. The headline was for this story, which also contains the lie.

The number of food-stamp recipients is not “rapidly rising.” In fact, the rolls peaked way back in December 2012, and have declined by 1.6 million since (click chart to enlarge):

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As you can see, Fox has perpetrated a blatant lie. To see more food-stamps charts, see my food-stamp page.

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Food Stamps Hit New Record: 47,791,996

The latest data released from the USDA yesterday shows a record 47,791,996 people on food stamps. Please see the updated food-stamp charts on this page.

Also, the percentage of the population on food stamps hit a record high in 2012 at 14.83%. See the fifth chart down on my Food Stamps page. You might think that our policy of mass legal immigration would dilute that percentage, but that is not so. Obviously, our economy cannot absorb a million fresh bodies per year.

Virginia’s FeedMore food bank provided 15 million meals last year, and is still having trouble meeting the demand – even with so many people already on food stamps. See this blog for the story.

A Nation of Immigrants – On Food Stamps

As the Oligarchy campaigns for an even bigger tidal wave of legal immigration, their captive media is trumpeting the “we are a nation of immigrants” meme. While we are indeed a nation of immigrants, that is only half of the story. The other half is mass poverty, unemployment, and 48 million people on food stamps.

The blue line on the chart below shows the cumulative total of legal immigration since 1975. As of 2011, that total stands at 30.8 million. The red line shows the number of individuals who received food stamps each year (click chart to enlarge):

Food-Stamps-Immigration

Perhaps you are shouting “correlation is not causality” at your screen. Fine. But if you believe that there is no relationship at all between these two trends, then I submit that you might be insane.

See more of my food-stamp charts here, and my immigration charts here. To learn more about how the Oligarchy is using mass immigration to crush wages, read my book: Dark Arts of the American Oligarchy.

New Food-Stamp Record: 47,710,324

The USDA reported today that the number of people on food stamps in September surged to a record 47,710,324 – a jump of 607,559 from the previous month. The USDA reports data with a two-month lag, so this total does not include the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Click chart to enlarge:

The economy is creating jobs, but obviously not enough to keep up with “population growth” (a.k.a. “mass immigration”).

Data source: USDA.

See more charts here.

New Food-Stamp Record: 46,681,833

A couple of days ago, I speculated that the USDA was holding back the food-stamp report until after the Presidential debate because it was another bad number. And I was right. Not only do we have a new record, but they released the report at 4:39pm on a Friday afternoon when nobody was looking.

In any case, it wasn’t such a bad report. Only 11,532 souls advanced to the brink of starvation in July (the latest reporting month.) Of course, since we were already at a record level, this tiny addition breaks the record again.

Now, you might be wondering: If the economy is creating jobs, why do the food-stamp rolls keep rising? And there are two big reasons:

Reason #1 – Mass immigration – We are not creating enough jobs to keep up with one million legal immigrants per year, in addition to regular population growth.

Reason #2 – Bad Jobs – A large percentage of newly-created jobs are low-paid, and many newly-hired people still qualify for food stamps. From HuffPo:

“Three-fifths of all jobs lost during the recession paid middle-income wages, while roughly three-fifths of new jobs created during the economic recovery pay low wages…”

Laid off as middle-class, hired back as working-class. The planned liquidation of the middle class is right on schedule.

See my updated food-stamp charts.

Where is the Food-Stamp Data?

The USDA usually releases their food-stamp data before the end of the month. At the time of this writing, their website says (at the bottom of the page) that it has not been updated since August 28th. They should have published the September update by now.

So, where is it? Has there been another increase in the rolls that needs to be hushed-up until after tonight’s presidential debate? I don’t know, but I do know that the number of food-stamp stories has died down recently. Is the media also trying to help the President? You would think that this story about there being 1.63 million non-citizens receiving food stamps would have gotten more play: Obama USDA Met 30 Times with Mexican Government to Promote Food-Stamp Use Among Mexican Immigrants.

If a memo has indeed gone out, then maybe the Obama campaign has internal polling showing that food-stamps are a bad issue for them. But it is an open question. Will Americans vote against Obama because of the appalling explosion of poverty in this country over the last 10 years? Or will they vote for Obama because he has been feeding them since Mitt Romney sent their jobs to China?

I think that the issue should favor Obama. After all, how many starving voters on food stamps would vote for Paul Ryan who has vowed to slash the program?

Note: Click here to see my food-stamp charts.

34% of Puerto Rico is on Food Stamps

Not to pick on Puerto Rico or anything, but in all the news stories I have seen about food stamps recently, none of them have mentioned Puerto Rico. That’s probably because Puerto Rico was split off from the main food-stamps program in 1982, and no longer appears in USDA statistics.

So, in addition to the 46.7 million Americans on food stamps, we can add another 1.35 million Puerto Ricans, pushing the grand total to 48 million. For more details, see the “Puerto Rico” section on my food-stamps page.

Food-Stamp Growth by President

I have added two new charts to my food-stamps page showing the breakdown by presidential administrations (click to enlarge):

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Food-Stamps-Presidents-Totals

Sorry Democrats, but last night on MSNBC, Al Sharpton said that more people were added to the food-stamps program by Bush 41 than by Obama, so I felt compelled to reply to that blatant lie. Of course, Newt Gingrich acts like everybody on food stamps is black. But that is literally impossible. We have 46.2 million people on food stamps, but the African-American population of the USA is only 37.7 million! There’s got to be some white people in there too, no?

This is all a moot point though. In the bad old days of “protectionism”, the food-stamp rolls would expand during recessions, and recede during recoveries. But here in our fabulous, futuristic, free-trade utopia, poverty just grows and grows. Is it a coincidence that the food-stamp rocket blasted-off shortly after China was admitted to the World Trade Organization? I don’t think so:

Not only was the launch of the food-stamp rocket a tri-partisan project, but so is the rocket’s continued flight. Newt Gingrich was one of the chief rocket scientists, President Obama rubber-stamped more free-trade laws, and Ron Paul’s libertarians provide the moronic ideology.

Zero Hedge Ignores Food Stamp Data – Again

Zero Hedge failed to “report” on the food-stamp data last week. See if you can guess why.

If your guess is that the data did not fit ZH’s “impending Armageddon” thesis, then you get a gold star on your paper. Tell your Mom that I said it was OK. If you’re a girl, you can have some glitter too. Go nuts. If you think that Zero Hedge is trying to give you an objective view of reality so that you may make intelligent investment decisions, then tell your Dad to get the belt because you need some sense beaten into you.

The food-stamp rolls declined by a small number in the latest data. See the third chart on this page. This is only the second month that the rolls have declined since the Great Recession began.

Maybe this is a turning point, maybe not. I don’t know. But what I do know is that within the next two days “Tyler Durden” will write a post sneering at the 43,535 decrease.

Sneering. That’s his thing.

Food Stamp Usage Finally Declines

The number of people receiving food-stamps has declined for the first time in over three years. See the food-stamps chart.

As you can see on the chart, there is a spike in May. That was due to the tornadoes in Alabama. In total, the USDA says that they added 1.1 million people to the food-stamps program due to natural disasters in several states. So, was June’s decline just people coming off the emergency programs? Maybe, but I think there would have been a decline anyway.

The peak number reported in May was 45,410,683. If we subtract 1.1 million from that, we get 44,310,683. And that is lower than the March total of 44,587,275 – before the emergency programs began. The USDA did not break down the 1.1 million number by month, so we can’t know for sure, but I think it’s safe to say that the rolls would have declined from March if the food-stamp program had not been used for disaster relief.

Now, you might be asking yourself:

“Why didn’t I read about this on “Zero Hedge”, or Lee Adler’s “Wall Street Examiner”. They report on the food-stamp data, so what happened?”

I’m glad you asked me that. Look at the word “report” in your question. There’s your trouble right there. You see, un-objective perma-bears only report bad news.

Note: The USDA released this data last week, but I knew there was no rush. There was no way the likes of “Zero Hedge” or the “Wall Street Examiner” were going to scoop me. I knew they would ignore it, so I just took my time. The bear camp had four solid days to maintain a facade of objectivity, but they declined.

Lee Adler Bungles Food-Stamp Data

On August 6th, Lee Adler reported in his Wall Street Examiner a “sudden acceleration of the decline” of the economy based on the latest food-stamp data released by the USDA. That data showed an alarming surge in the number of people receiving foods stamps for the month of May (the latest reporting month).

But if Adler had downloaded the spreadsheet, he would have seen that the bulk of the increase came from one state: Alabama (click image to enlarge):

Well, it just so happens that Alabama was mauled by massive tornadoes in April, and Alabama state officials say they used the food-stamp program for disaster relief. And if Adler had asked the USDA (like I did), they would have told him that there was also an error in the reported number, which will be adjusted downward soon.

Adler got it totally wrong. This surge in food-stamp usage had nothing whatsoever to do with the economy. Adler simply typed up his prejudices instead doing actual research.

This chart shows the number of people added to the food-stamps program using the currently released data (click chart to enlarge):

The May bar looks pretty scary, right? But what would it look like if there had been no tornadoes in Alabama? In this next chart, I back out the May data for Alabama (1,762,481) and add back in the state’s April number (868,813):

Without the natural disaster, we probably would have seen about 211,000 people added to the rolls. While that isn’t the greatest of news, it is well below the 12-month moving average shown by the red line on the chart.

The moral of the story is that the actual situation is exactly the opposite of what Adler reported: The number of people being added to the food-stamps program for economic reasons continues a months-long steady decline.

If you want an objective and competent analysis of the food-stamp data, my page here is always up-to-date.

Zero Hedge Mute on Food-Stamp Data

Over the past few months, when the food stamp data was released, “Tyler Durden” over at Zero Hedge would squeal with glee like a little girl and throw up charts within seconds. But not today. Today, “Tyler Durden” didn’t have anything to say about the latest food stamp data.

Let’s see if you can guess why. Here’s a clue:

You have to squint at the right-most bar because it’s just a sliver. For the past two years, we have been adding hundreds of thousands of people to the rolls every month, and today’s release of the February data showed that only 11,517 were added. And that’s great news. But not for “Tyler Durden” and his philosophy of perpetual impending Armageddon.

Think about it. “Tyler Durden” is a man who denies the existence of the business cycle. Things can’t ever improve; not even cyclically.

That’s just plain retarded.

When last month’s data was released, “Tyler Durden” said: “…there is no way to spin this.” I said that there was:

“Keep in mind that the food-stamp data is reported with a two month lag. The economy created jobs in both February and March, so it is conceivable that the food-stamp rolls are already in decline.”

OK, there was no decline, but there was a dramatic plunge, so I got it more right than “Tyler Durden” did. Way more right.

I post up-to-date food-stamp charts here each month, unlike “Tyler Durden” who only posts charts when they agree with his bias.

Update: Zero Hedge posted a food-stamps chart about 30 hours after I posted this. I forced them to barf it up just like Donald Trump forced Obama to barf up the birth certificate.

The World’s Only Super Banana

While the USA is still the world’s only super power, we are also now what you might call a “super banana.” The number of Americans receiving food stamps is now 43.2 million, and that is double the combined total populations of the two classic banana republics: Guatemala and Honduras (click chart to enlarge):

Guatemala has a population of 13.3 million, and Honduras, 8.3 million. Combined total: 21.5 million.

The USA’s food-stamp population would rank at number 29 amongst the world’s nations, as we have just surged ahead of Sudan’s 43.2 million population. By landmass, Sudan is the largest country in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world.

The next chart compares our food-stamp population to selected countries:

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Africa is famous for its starving masses, but our food-stamp population exceeds not only Sudan, but Kenya too. Canada is a G7 nation and the second-largest by landmass. We could blanket it with starving people.

President Obama is working hard to put even more people on food stamps with his South Korean trade deal, and his new Mexican trucker initiative. If he is successful, then we just might be able to move up three more notches, passing Columbia, Ukraine, and Spain in the 46 million area.

Note: See the long-term food-stamps charts here.

Jobs +103,000 – Food Stamps +289,737

The jobs report this morning showed that the economy created 103,000 jobs in December. However, today’s SNAP report showed that in the latest period, 289,737 people were added to the food-stamps program.

How is that possible? Easy. We have a growing population. The lucky new people get burger-flipping jobs, and the rest go on food-stamps.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the 289,737 food-stamps number is a huge improvement over previous months. (See the food-stamp charts here.)

Let’s hope that this trend continues. We now have a record 43 million people on food-stamps, so it’s still an appalling state of affairs.

42 Million on Food Stamps is an Acomplishment

The USA is famous for innovation, and we have now done the impossible: we have invented the formerly mythical free lunch. Think about it: we have 42 million people who eat for free. Is that not a miracle?

It is, in fact, a libertarian free-trade utopia as described by Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University. In this fabulous vision of the future, we throw our borders wide open, allow mercantilist powers to eradicate all of our industries and jobs, and then just sell them pieces of paper (dollars and treasury bonds) forever:

“We’d be on easy street having a few Americans printing up dollars whilst the rest of the world sends us cars, computers, coffee and other goods in exchange for them.”

Williams argues that our trade deficit doesn’t matter because it is automatically balanced by an equal amount of capital flows. If we buy $250 billion worth of goods from China this year, and they buy nothing from us but treasury bonds, the books balance.

But does that really make sense? Imagine that all of our jobs are offshored and all of our remaining factories are shuttered. Each day, a fleet of Chinese freighters arrives at the Port of Los Angeles and unloads everything we need: clothes, prefabricated housing, food, medicine, gasoline, etc. In return, we load some freshly-printed treasuries onto one of the ships, along with some new dollars to pay the interest on the previously issued treasuries.

It’s a utopia, right? But what happens next, Dr. Williams?

Relieved of the need to work, Americans forget how to make things, grow food, and drill for natural gas. Then one day, the Chinese freighters open their doors, and instead of cell phones and iPads, tanks roll out. And we can’t resist because we have nothing but old, shuttered factories and a population of un-skilled, un-knowledgeable nincompoops.

Of course, the Chinese would be justified in invading. After all, those dollars and bonds we shipped to them were actually more than just pieces of paper. They were, in fact, promissory notes. And if we lose the productive capacity to make good on our promises, then what happens? Bankruptcy, liquidation, and a transfer of assets to creditors.

Williams is actually arguing that if a foreign nation offers to put us on welfare, we should accept the invitation.

Aren’t libertarians supposed to be against welfare?

I became a libertarian in 1980 and remained one for over 25 years – until I figured out what was really happening: libertarian free-trade ideology was being used by the multinational sweatshop cartel to crush the American Middle Class. I am now revolted by libertarian economists who are really just apologists for offshoring.

Is it possible that libertarian economists are not familiar with the theory of global labor arbitrage? Maybe, but I doubt it.

There are huge profits being made in offshoring jobs, factories, and entire industries to low-wage nations like China, Mexico, and India. Libertarian economists are just PR flacks for this historic evisceration of the USA.

42 million people on food stamps is not a utopia. And it isn’t entirely attributable to an out-of-control welfare state. The runaway expansion of the rolls (see chart here) is a direct consequence of libertarian-endorsed labor arbitrage.

If you say to me that 42,000 factories can be exported with no harm done to the nation, I say that you are a charlatan, at best.

41 Million on Food Stamps

The private economy has created a modest number of new jobs every month this year. However, it has not been enough to compensate for population growth. As a matter of fact, the number of people receiving food stamps is still soaring. Here is a weekly chart (click to enlarge):

Food-Stamps-Monthly

The permanent home for this on this page, where I also have a chart going back 35 years. That annual chart shows exactly how appalling this 41 million number is.

As a nation, we have decided that wide-open free-trade is the most fabulous economic strategy ever invented. And since we are so committed to exporting jobs on a mass scale, we must now ask: is it time to shut down our population growth?

Isn’t it time that we take down the Statue of Liberty, expel all non-citizens, and adopt a Chinese-style one-child policy? Shouldn’t we be reducing head-count, just like Corporate America has done during this recession?