The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a most distressing statistic recently: More Americans receive federal food assistance than are employed by the private sector. One can't help but think of the glee among liberals: Government Dependency — Mission Accomplished. In fact, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have gone on the record extolling how food stamps and unemployment insurance are great boosts to the economy. Boosted by a false positive in job creation (the unemployment rate has dipped a bit but the number of people who have stopped actively looking for work has skyrocketed) the left must feel pretty proud of themselves. From columnist Bobby Eberle today at GOPUSA.com:
As reported by CNSNews.com, "The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.
That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.
The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.
But it's not only Pelosi and Vilsack. The praise for the success of this redistribution has come from the White House itself. To which U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) replied:
Amazingly, the federal government says that the more people we have on food stamps, the more it grows the economy. The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: "Each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community." Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming "mountain pride" and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome.
We are all familiar with how the left redefines aspects of America and traditional values it cannot tolerate so as to make the collectivist, secular transformation they seek more acceptable to the general public. Marriage, life, religious liberty, citizenship, education, national debt, health care, you name it. Now, in the Age of Obama, it has redefined what economic prosperity means.