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CBO: Food Stamp Rolls Estimated to Hit Historic High

oldervoter68 Wrote: Mar 28, 2013 7:59 PM
Wasn't it Ben Franklin who has been quoted as saying (paraphrased, I'm sure) "The poor need to be uncomfortable in their state to the degree they strive to leave it."

There are more Americans today collecting food stamps than ever before, and that number is expected to rise steadily for the rest of the year, according to the CBO. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The financial crisis is over and the recession ended in 2009. But one of the federal government's biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn't shrinking back alongside the recovery.

Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the modern-day food-stamp benefit is known, has soared 70% since 2008 to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012. Congressional budget...