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Number Of Food Stamp Recipients Increased By 10.7 Million Under Obama


The number of food stamp recipients in the United States increased by a staggering 32 percent under President Obama, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Agriculture.

In 2009, 33.5 million Americans received food stamp benefits. Nearly eight years later, that number has increased by 10.7 million, amounting to 44.2 million food stamp recipients as of October 2016, the last month reported for fiscal year 2016, Breitbart News reported.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the U.S. population is 324.6 million, so the 44.2 million food stamp recipients represent 13.6 percent of the population, or nearly one out of every seven Americans.

Able-bodied adult food stamp recipients without dependents have been the fastest-growing category of food stamp users under Obama, according to Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Robert Rector.

“In 2008 there were about a million [ABAWDs]. Now they’re at about 4.7 million. This is the most rapid growing part of the caseload,” Rector told Breitbart News in January. “ABAWDs are largely young adults who don’t work or are working off the books and hiding that income. They get a maximum of about $200 a month from the food stamp program.”

Rector, whose report on the issue was published in February, contends that half of able-bodied food stamp recipients don’t even spend their government benefits on food.

“What we found was 50 percent of the ABAWDs smoke cigarettes regularly and those who do smoke are spending about $111 per month on cigarettes. That’s about two-thirds of their Thrifty Food [Plan] allotment — what they are supposed to spend on food,” he said.

All food stamp recipients received up to $50.3 billion in benefits in 2009, when Obama took office. That number has increased to $66.6 billion. Able-bodied food stamp recipients reportedly cost tax payers approximately $11 billion annually.

Obama’s legacy will include not only an increase in the number of Americans receiving food stamps, but a doubling of the federal debt, from $9.96 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2008 to $19.95 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2016, according to

The U.S. homeownership rate is also the lowest it’s been since 1965 — 62.9 percent in the second quarter, according to a Census Bureau report.

By most objective measurements, most Americans are not economically better off after eight years of Obama’s presidency.

Obama, however, argues the contrary and used his last press conference earlier this month to remind voters of the good his administration has done.

“What the president-elect is going to be doing is gonna be very different than what I was doing and I think people will be able to compare and contrast and make judgments about what worked for the American people. And I hope that building off the progress we’ve made, that what the president-elect is proposing works,” Obama told reporters. “What I can say with confidence is that what we’ve done works. That I can prove. I can show you where we were in 2008 and I can show you where we are now. And you can’t argue that we are not better off. We are.”

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