The 46 Million Foodstamp Man March - An Infographic

Tyler Durden's picture

America has over 46 million people on Food Stamps. The food stamps program's real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food Stamp program is "hidden" from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards that work just as credit cards. This article visualizes the size of the program and the vast amounts of people participating.



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zuuma's picture

The story of the "47 percent".


Is it just me? Or is today's multiple fiber optic Voice line cut and router crash suspicious?

I can see one fiber cut. But, TWO??  Coincidence?
Or is it a probe for weakness?  A trial run for a false flag event?


Matt's picture

Probably just a cruise ship dragging its anchor, they don't even notice the drop in fuel economy.

Pladizow's picture

JPM awaits the signal to turn all those EBT cards off!

Only then do the fireworks begin.

bigdumbnugly's picture

in the interest of accuracy the men in the infographic should really be much fatter though.

i wonder if that would muck up the visual...

SMG's picture

Gracchus: [about Commodus] I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum. He'll bring them death - and they will love him for it.

TruthInSunshine's picture



Gracchus:      "He enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered?"

Falco:            "Give him time, Gracchus. He's young, he may do very well."

Gracchus:       "For Rome? Or for you?"

Stackers's picture

"If Romney win da election and take away my EBT I'm a gunna pop that muthr in the head with a cap"


hedgeless_horseman's picture



SNAP pays out a couple hundred dollars each and every month?

Wish those folks were smart enough to see this cannot go on forever. 

Anyone can grow a bunch of parsnips and raise many, many, rabbits with a one-time cost of just a couple hundred dollars. 

Rabbits, they breed like rabbits. Imagine a lean, chemical free, salt free, hormone free hot dog that keeps reproducing itself.

Here is a simple dinner from last Friday consisting of our own rabbit, sautéed in homemade vinegar, with puréed garden parsnips, and a glass of our family cow's raw milk.

What did you have for dinner last Friday?  Where did it come from?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I fully agree with your thinking for those who can, but I would point out there are many who cannot -- especially the very people who use food stamps.  Rabbits may not require a lot of land, but no one in an apartment or condo could keep or breed enough of them to make a meaningful difference in their food costs.   Buying, feeding, providing medical care to, or having the land on which to keep a cow is beyond the reach of most of the people who use food stamps.

hedgeless_horseman's picture one in an apartment or condo could keep or breed enough of them to make a meaningful difference in their food costs.

You, sir, have never been to China. 

Lots and lots of unused rooftops, vacant lots, greenbelts, and highway medians here in the third largest city in the USA.  Lack of space is not the problem.  Our rabbit cages are only 2 ft deep, 7 ft tall, and 12 ft wide. 


Most of these people are not getting SNAP because they would starve without it.  Just like they are not getting free hover chairs because they are truly handicapped.

They are getting SNAP and hover chairs in exchange for their votes.

Exhibit A:

I know this lady.  I know where she lives.  I know she gets SNAP.

She can walk.  She could have a big garden.  

We enable her to do neither. 

See how happy she is?

MillionDollarBogus_'s picture

She needs a libertarian for a neighbor, cracking the whip her way now and then.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



No.  All of her needs are fulfilled by the government, and what a fulfilling life she leads. Isn't it obvious?

saturn's picture

Please, start sending food to Europe.. ASAP!

TruthInSunshine's picture

If you don't want to or "think you can't" do hard work in terms of getting healthy (as HH suggests in fine detail- kudos to you, HH), just cut out sugar laden beverages, whether soda, lattes, juices, etc.

Americans derive 33% of their calories (in the form of refined sugar) from sugar-saturated beverages, on average.

Sugar and simple carbs are far more a health threat than saturated fats are, given that regular intake leads to the dreadful pancreatic stress known as the insulin spike roller coaster, where your body has to produce more and more insulin, at more frequent intervals, in order to regulate blood sugar levels, which leads to insulin resistance (and then Type II Diabetes as well as other serious, adverse cardiovascular and even pulmonary conditions).

Google Gary Taubes if you want to learn more about how the medical establishment and big pharma have either unintentionally or intentionally led people down the causation/correlation trap with their conventional theories on LDL cholesterol causing cardiovascular disease, rather than being a consequence of it. Cholesterol is produced in response to high C-reactive protein levels, aka inflammation. Statins?  They reduce inflammation. They do not prevent it.

Inflammation is the most under-appreciated cause of disease, whether cardiovascular or otherwise, in current times, and it's the primary cause of that which is mistakenly attributed to high LDL cholesterol levels.

Cut out the sugar and do moderate exercise and you'll do more to improve your health than 100 years of taking statins and cutting out saturated fats will ever accomplish.

p.s. - Unlike what HH presented above, as an example of "clean food," here's what constitutes 83% of the "healthy seafood" Americans think they're consuming:

The Farmed Seafood You're Eating May Have Been Raised On ... International Business Times AU-Oct 17, 2012


More than 85 percent of the seafood consumed by Americans is imported, with much of it coming from China, Vietnam, and various other Asian countries that have a not-so-consistent track record of food safety. And as it turns out, conditions at many of the foreign facilities where imported seafood is processed before getting shipped to the states are so filthy and contaminated that if consumers knew just how bad things really were, they would likely think twice before buying that pack of scallops or shrimp from the grocery store.


As reported by Bloomberg, workers at Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise in Vietnam were recently seen hauling plastic baskets of shrimp through the company's filthy, trash-ridden, and bug-infested facility. Containers full of the shrimp were loaded up with ice made from questionable, and often contaminated, tap water that the government recommends boiling before use, which has become the norm rather than the exception when it comes to seafood processing.


Many Chinese seafood farmers feed their fish animal waste

Similar unsanitary conditions are common throughout China as well, which is a major exporter of tilapia and scallops. According to Bloomberg, many seafood farmers in China actually feed their fish feces from pigs, geese, and other cattle, even though the practice is extremely unsafe. Not only does this exposure to animal waste tend to make the fish sick, but it also contaminates their water environments with excrement, which is often polluted with harmful bacteria like salmonella.

"Those conditions -- ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs -- are unacceptable," said Mansour Samadpour, a microbiologist, to Bloomberg Markets magazine about the dirty secrets of the seafood trade. Samadpour's company, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, specializes in testing the cleanliness of water for the shellfish farming industry.


Since the seafood industry is relatively cutthroat these days, certain unscrupulous seafood farmers, particularly in Asian countries, are cutting corners to boost profits, which puts consumers at high risk. In the case of Chinese fish farming, many operators have altogether stopped purchasing safer commercial feed, and have instead turned to exclusively feeding their fish potentially deadly animal waste.

"The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes and salmonella," says Michael Doyle, Director of the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety, about the larger problem of China's seafood farming industry.

FDA dropping the ball in protecting Americans against contaminated seafood

And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to be in charge of regulating the safety of imported seafood, the agency only inspects about 2.7 percent of all imported food, according to available data. The FDA is apparently too busy raiding raw milk dairy farms and imprisoning innocent farmers to bother with protecting the American public against potentially contaminated seafood.


TruthInSunshine's picture

For all you lazy f*cks who I'd like to share some fountains of wisdom with:


Remember when "they" told us eggs were bad for us? Remember the hundreds of other things that were allegedly bad, but since have been proven to be actually good? Remember when there was no mention of sugar intake as inducing highly inflammatory and insulin adverse systemic consequences and changes?

Cliff Notes:  Eat clean meat if you can (have your butcher grind whole cuts into hamburger; buy antibiotic free if you can-- even better if you can source meat from livestock that's been fed what it was supposed to eat, and not bulk candy, spinal tissue, and whatever else was waste or cheap to buy). Exercise 3x a week for 20 to 30 minutes (more if you can). Eat lots of nuts, eggs, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, canola oil, fruits and vegetables. Do not fear saturated fats in meats within reason. Avoid sugar, highly processed foods (most things in a bag or box that last for a long time), white flour, and other simple carbohydrates. Do not smoke. Stay the hell away from almost all restaurants with few exceptions, and especially fast casual and fast food restaurants. Know who produces your food and prepares it if possible.


ItchyBeard's picture

Many thanks for links and comment TIS!

LetThemEatRand's picture

I think you are over-generalizing and over-simplifying, including problems of property use -- somehow I don't think rabbit cages in the public greenbelts, highway medians, or many other locations would go over well with many people including the wealthy who don't want to look at them or smell them -- but no doubt you make good points.  As a society, we need to be more creative about finding solutions such as yours.   The problem as I see it is weeding out the abusers, for which there is presently basically no mechanism at all.  

As for the buying votes explanation for food stamps (and presumably other welfare), I don't quite agree.  I think it has more to do with preventing a revolution by giving people just enough that they don't bother paying attention or doing anything about the injustices around them.  I totally agree with you that doing this enables people to do nothing, creating a vicious cycle.

I assume we agree that most poor people are not going to turn into cattle ranchers anytime soon.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...somehow I don't think rabbit cages in the public greenbelts, highway medians, or many other locations would go over well with many people including the wealthy who don't want to look at them or smell them

As opposed to cats, dogs, parrots, and fish tanks? 

I for one would much rather live in a community surrounding fields of herbs, vegetables, and grains, than a gold course with drunks chasing a ball around an artificial scenery.


LetThemEatRand's picture

Yes, as opposed to pets  -- one or two rabbits won't do any good to anyone.   If an apartment complex full of people all kept enough rabbits to have one (each) for dinner every night, you're talking about a lot of cages and a lot of rabbit shit.   And you still haven't addressed where all of the cows are being kept for this complex.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



In Manhatten and Boston they used to have several dairies where the cows were mostly fed leftovers from breweries.

Before cars, cities like London, Paris, Manhatten, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco were home to hundreds of thousands of horses.  Believe it or not. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

I believe it, but times have changed.  These cities are all mostly paved over now and last time I checked people are still driving around on the highways and going to the box stores, so until that changes (like it is beginning to in Detroit), the rabbit farms are going to have to wait I think.  But having said that, I'm all in favor of a discussion of such things.  I would vote for the creation of green areas to support rabbit farms.  Of course that would cost tax money too, but if implemented correctly it would enable a self-sustained eco-system for those willing to do it.  Of course there are other practical problems like the drug dealers who would probably kill the rabbits for sport in the poorer areas.

malikai's picture

Best way to vote for something is to take your own money and do it.

Worst way to vote for something is to tell some other guy to take my money so some third guy can do it (maybe).

LetThemEatRand's picture

You mean like bridges and airports?  Yeah, I'll bet you'd never use either unless you could personally pay for it out of pocket.  

nmewn's picture

"You mean like bridges and airports?"

Wait...they just SAID they spent a trillion on bridges & roads..."shovel ready" or sumpin or other.

Overfed's picture

Why does the gov't have to build those? Has no private entity ever built a bridge, road or airport?

Freewheelin Franklin's picture

Has no private entity ever built a bridge, road or airport?


Actually, yes. The Beesley's Point bridge in Somers Point, NJ was built by an Automobile club. And was used by the Garden State Parkway. That is until, of course, the GSP built their own bridge, and put the BPB out of business.

And traditionally, throughout history, merchants built the trade routes.

Who built the Silk Road? Both of them? Merchants wishing to trade goods and services.


When people say, "who will build the roads", they really mean, 'who will build the "free" roads that I can use?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Private companies build them, but the public pays.  I'm not aware of any society where they are privatized.  

nmewn's picture

"Private companies build them, but the public pays."

Yes and no...the money actually comes from pink, skittle shitting unicorns being beaten mercilessly by crony capitalist idealogues. The ledger says they've been broke for decades now but maybe a little more fairy dust will make it all balance out in an alternate universe.

Harbanger's picture

The San Francisco Bay Bridge is an example of why we don't need Govt. to build bridges.

BigJim's picture

 You mean like bridges and airports?  Yeah, I'll bet you'd never use either unless you could personally pay for it out of pocket.  

Yes, because in the context of this thread, he's clearly talking about bridges, isn't he?

And of course, you couldn't possibly build an airport without the gubmint providing the finance. No, sir! 

LTER jumps the shark. Again. 

Left Right Wrong's picture

Anyone ever calculate how much of a covert, direct, corporate subsidy to junk food megacorps this is?

nmewn's picture

Thats one of the reasons I oppose unlimited SNAP/EBT.

They're not buying rice & beans with it and the more people on it the more government employees needed to "service" their "customers".

Yes, the government uses those terms for wards of the state...customers and service.

Don't you think thats weird in itself?


No? Idiots.

Captain Kink's picture

I think it says somewhere that it is $71Billion a, in answer to your question:  $71 Billion

Cathartes Aura's picture

some of us realise that SNAP cards that award JPM a cut every month, and that are primarily used in supermarkets that are not so profitable these past few months, are a form of corporate subsidy that uses poor people as a conduit.

in the same way that unemployment is funneled through USBankCorps, and they too get a cut of the profits, not to mention all those pixelated fiat credits help them balance the books   *wink-wink*

so yes, while poor people are being used like geese for pate, in that they are of NO use unless they're BEING used, it really is a corporate system prop-up. . . they also fulfill a great service by giving the smug something to point fingers at, and take pictures of - particularly if they fall into the "black" or "female" or "fat" category - bonus points if you find one that hits all yer targets - I'm sure she gave her permission to be used as an example for ZH posters to tut-tut over, hmm. . .

and while I'm sure we'd all love to see the po' folk farming rabbits/chickens/etc. - there ARE city laws, neighbourhood associations, for example:

The keeping of farm animals is generally regulated under zoning, including the number and kinds allowed in urban areas. The underlying premise of most of the restrictions on livestock within urban areas relates to keeping them off public property, controlling noise and smell, and providing for adequate living conditions.

zoning laws, regulations, etc. - and then there's the FDA, working hard to implement the Codex Alimentarus global food regulations,

S 510 Food Safety bill is still alive and may unleash a new army of FDA agents

as we all (should) know, these "bills" are always incremental creeps toward full spectrum control - this one didn't pass, due to a technicality, so you can expect it to be put forward again soon, after they tweek it some.  but the bottom line is .gov doesn't want any food sufficient folks undermining their future scenarios. . .

nmewn's picture

Someone is "smug" because they point out theft & fraud.

Interesting times.

Cathartes Aura's picture

If You See Something, Say Something!

“See Something Say Something” Campaign Could Allow People to Label ANY AMERICAN a Suspected “Terrorist” … Just Like in Nazi Germany or Stasi East Germany

nmewn's picture

There is a distinct difference between theft and a paranoid nanny state don't you think?

Washingtons blog?

Cathartes Aura's picture

yup, chose washington's blog from the many examples, since he's a frequent ZH poster ^^

take it up with the management.

"See Something, Say Something!!"

centerline's picture

As if what exists is what will remain.  Times are changing fast.  And economies are more likely to get more local than more global in the near future.  Lots of folks won't be around either.

Harbanger's picture

Can't you see he built a condo for his rabbits.  He lives in the suburbs and has to be mindful.  You don't eat one every night, you're lucky if you have one on Sunday.  You hold them by the legs and wack them with your hand in the back of the neck.  It's the most humane way.  And if you're smart you make a hole in the leg and fill them with an air hose to get the skin off. 

dougngen's picture

As for the buying votes explanation for food stamps (and presumably other welfare), I don't quite agree.

If you don't think government benifits is buying votes, just look at the explosive growth of these benifits

Then consider the demographics. Now drive through the inner city (if you feel safe) and guess how many are voting for team blue??

walküre's picture

Long hover chairs and rabbit feed?

I have rabbits but my kids won't let me breed them for our daily meal. I have to snag a chicken once in a while. The kids count the rabbits though but I guess if I bred them just enough, the kids would loose count.

Sheep are a whole 'nother story. Our lamb only comes from our friend's farm and their kids only get to eat the lamb from our farm. Or so the kids believe ...

nc551's picture

I'm sorry but I can't help but take exception to your statement.  How on earth can you justify shielding your children from reality.  How will that benefit them?

centerline's picture

When my daughter was little we one day pointed out chickens on the side of the road and said something about chicken strips.  She voiced a comment about those chickens being regular chickens... different than "dinner" chickens.  ha ha.  It was so funny.  Wasn't sure at the time how to burst that little bubble.  We took a couple of years to let it sink in and she eventually put 2 and 2 together.  Funny memory.

malikai's picture

I want to say, somewhere in the Rockford or Joliet area. A recent migrant from the city maybe. One of Daley's refugees.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Last I heard, Chicago is now fourth largest.  Sorry.

malikai's picture

Oh, you're talking size, not population.

Then I would take a guess that's somewhere outside the beltway.

Umh's picture

Had a huge guy at work several years ago. It was I'm sure in part due to having an 8 hour a day job sitting in a chair answering the phone and using a computer. Is it just a coincident that within a year of getting a doctors note so he could park in handicapped parking and avoid the only exercise he got all day, a 200 yard walk into and out of the office, that he died from a heart attack?