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Odd Trends: More Americans Remain on Food Stamps, Post-Recession
Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Kevin Glass

Posted on 08/03/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT by Kaslin

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps) has seen a meteoric rise in enrollment in the last fifteen years, and especially in the wake of the 2008 recession. The spike in SNAP recipients post-2008 is to be expected - but the maintenance of those high enrollment numbers is an anomaly.

American Enterprise Institute scholar Robert Doar testified before the House Committee on Agriculture recently to examine this exact question. Doar notes that changes in the SNAP program that took place during this time period may disincentivize work requirements - and keep SNAP participation among working-age population artificially high.

As Doar notes:

In the four years following the end of the downturn in 2009, the number of SNAP recipients increased by 7.3 million. Moreover, the percentage of the population receiving food stamps increased from 13 percent to 15 percent. To give perspective on this number, we can compare the recent recovery with the recovery after the recession of the 1980’s, whose duration and unemployment levels are most comparable. Adjusting for population, in the four years following the 1981-82 recession, there was a 12.5 percent decline in food stamp recipients. In the four years following the 2007-09 recession, SNAP recipients increased by 15.6 percent. Were this recent recovery to have behaved similarly to that of the 1980’s, by 2013 only 11.5 percent of the population would have been receiving SNAP benefits: 36 million individuals as opposed to 47.6 million. That is not a small difference.

By itself, SNAP benefits may not be enough to reduce the incentive for a recipient to go to work, or to move from part-time to full-time regular employment, but when combined with unreported earnings or other assistance programs -- perhaps most notably unemployment insurance benefits – the program does appear to allow a significant number of adult recipients to remain out of work longer than they might otherwise. Without some effort to require these SNAP recipients to participate in employment programs such as those offered under TANF, I fear that the number of non-working, nonelderly, nondisabled SNAP recipients will remain high.

The SNAP program is actually one of the most helpful and targeted of our federal welfare state program. But as said by Doar, who a former SNAP overseer in his time in New York State government, the program has to be viewed as a piece of the overall safety net, and the incentives it provides in tandem with other programs may be harmful. The post-recession increase in utilization of the SNAP program has to be viewed as a new and unique - and possibly detrimental - phenomenon.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: demoratsheldcongress; foodstamp; recession

1 posted on 08/03/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“Post-recession”, that’s a laugh.


2 posted on 08/03/2014 7:00:48 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Kaslin

Nothing odd about it ... in an entitled society.


3 posted on 08/03/2014 7:01:20 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Kaslin

What idiot thinks the recession is over?


4 posted on 08/03/2014 7:01:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Kaslin

Unexpected.


5 posted on 08/03/2014 7:03:57 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Kaslin

Odd? Why should anyone getting something for free ever give it up without a complaint? RATS never do.


6 posted on 08/03/2014 7:04:03 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Kaslin

POST recession, yup.

We are at war with OCEANIA. We have ALWAYS been at war with Oceania….


7 posted on 08/03/2014 7:05:31 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Kaslin

>> The post-recession increase in utilization of the SNAP program has to be viewed as a new and unique - and possibly detrimental - phenomenon.

*possibly* detrimental?

Under what conditions would having a greater number of your citizens fed by the government at taxpayer expense be viewed as an asset??!?


8 posted on 08/03/2014 7:06:45 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: gaijin

Fast & Furious was a BOTCHED sting.

Benghazi was a huge shock, owing to a video.

The situation on the southern border is a CRISIS.

Uh-huh, we get it.


9 posted on 08/03/2014 7:06:50 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Kaslin

The recession’s OVER?

Well, HUZZAH!

(Nobody told me)


10 posted on 08/03/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Kaslin

I’d like to see an age distribution for those receiving SNAP.

I’ll bet it’s skewed towards able-bodied gen-Xers and millenials like never before.


11 posted on 08/03/2014 7:08:26 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Kaslin
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps) has seen a meteoric rise in enrollment in the last fifteen years, and especially in the wake of the 2008 recession.

That's because we have been and are in a Depression. The government continues to lie to us. And all of these "smart" institutes continue to ignore the elephant in the room!

12 posted on 08/03/2014 7:09:25 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Kaslin

What the graph tells us is either that the jobs added to reduce the unemployment are jobs that are inadequate to support families OR that the unemployment rate is a lie.


13 posted on 08/03/2014 7:09:45 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Kaslin

Like being fat, or an unwed mother, food stamps are no longer intolerable.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 7:10:35 PM PDT by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They moved the unemployed over to ‘disabled’ (11 million plus) and now don’t even count people who gave up looking for work because the economy is terrible.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 7:11:49 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Kaslin

Notice how all the SMARTEST people in the world are befuddled by so much..?

Stuff —all kinds of stuff familiar to you and I, the peons— proves to these beard-strokers as CONFUSING, or UNIQUE, or ANOMALOUS.

Some much-ballyhooed, fundamental economic turning-point is always at the lllllllast nanosecond magically thwarted, oops, NEXT time —weather, computer glitch, could be a million things.

It’s sorta like Scotty, of Scotty’s Castle yore —the country is wandering around Death Valley, and the long-promised glittering castle of gold is always juuuust around the corner, over the next sand dune, oh wait, whoops,…it must be the next sand dune, I promise….

HOW MUCH will the country pay in tuition, I wonder, before these geniuses get some smarts…?

We’ll be dead.


16 posted on 08/03/2014 7:11:53 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, if you were Obama and his wife dining out on lobster, filet mignon, cavier and truffles, vacationing for 350 days a year knowing that your daughters (no matter what their IQ) was going on to a Ivy League school with a sinecure after they flunked out, you’d think the recession was over too! Now stop complaining, sir.


17 posted on 08/03/2014 7:12:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Kaslin

Economics rule #1 - give something away for free, and demand becomes potentially infinite.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 7:12:33 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Kaslin

The more people that are dependent on the government, the more successful Obama is.


19 posted on 08/03/2014 7:25:10 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

why is that an “odd trend”, the economy’s been destroyed and people need to feed their children, children having children is now accepted too, since the democrats have made existence all about sex, so what do they expect?

The odder trend is stealing taxpayer money to give out as “grants” to fake corporations to build new energy garbage that doesn’t work and no one wants

And the even odder trend is to steal taxpayer money to fly the head of administration and his family on all their ultra luxurious vacations


20 posted on 08/03/2014 7:25:49 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin
Why aren't welfare recipient getting off public assistance? I mean the economy is howling along at 1.1% during the first half.

Let the good times roll!

21 posted on 08/03/2014 7:27:04 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

What you are see in in the graphs is the rise of illegal aliens and other fraudulent recipients signing up for food stamps.

That is why the number of food stamp recipients is increasing despite the drop in unemployment.

The rapid rise in food stamp usage tracks the waves of massive illegal immigration almost perfectly


22 posted on 08/03/2014 7:32:24 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Blood of Tyrants
The more people that are dependent on the government, the more successful Obama is.

There used to be a little bit of shame attached to receiving government handouts. People who love this country and have friends and family receiving aid when they are able-bodied and could work in a job (even if it was "beneath them") need to start making the point that, "We're all paying for you, when are you going to start paying for yourself?" That sort of thing, on a person-to-person basis, either gets you booted out of the house, or starts them thinking.

23 posted on 08/03/2014 7:51:20 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: PGR88
Economics rule #1 - give something away for free, and demand becomes potentially infinite.

Then why hasn't Free Herpes Day become more successful?

24 posted on 08/03/2014 7:52:44 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kaslin

Documentation File on the 2014 Impeachment of B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro a former Foreign Student from Indonesia, and still a legal Citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


25 posted on 08/03/2014 8:00:20 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Nervous Tick; All

If so many of the new jobs that are being added each month are only part time, then the income level allowing eligibility for food stamps, especially for families, may still be in force.


26 posted on 08/03/2014 8:10:49 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Kaslin
Not hard to figure out. The numbver of people holding a job has remained relatively flat while the total workforce increased.


27 posted on 08/03/2014 8:11:48 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Kaslin

Why is it odd that slobs don’t want to work? They contribute nothing to society, and would choose for it to stay that way if given the opportunity.


28 posted on 08/03/2014 8:15:05 PM PDT by Politicalkiddo (Slavery, genocide, and imperialism aren't exclusively white institutions.)
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To: Kaslin

I can remember the day when “being on food stamps” was a shameful thing. Those that were receiving help busted their ass to get off food stamps.

But, I’m old.


29 posted on 08/03/2014 9:18:09 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: Kaslin

Once the goodies arrive, they never go away.


30 posted on 08/03/2014 9:19:16 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Graewoulf

If you are not going to contribute anything besides the exact same post on every thread on FR, why don’t you go do it on a different forum such as DU or HuffPo? Even pMSNBC!


31 posted on 08/03/2014 9:37:30 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yes. College students are often eligible. Get them dependent early.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 7:14:11 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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