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?