Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release

Tyler Durden's picture

While there had been speculation that the BLS may delay the release of its October nonfarm payroll number until after the election, it turned out there was no reason to worry. Perhaps this is because the number, while at stall speed, was not quite as horrible as some had expected (even if the change in average hourly earnings did tumble to new all time lows) and so boosted Obama's reelection chances. There was, however, another closely tracked number which perhaps is far more indicative of the economic "growth" in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The number of course is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month. This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August foodstamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. One can see why a reported surge in foodstamps ahead of the elections is something the USDA, and the administration may not have been too keen on disclosing.

Foodstamps at the household level also rose to a record 22.685 million:

Finally, going back to the start of the official start of the depression in December 2007. In the 57 months from then until August 2012, there have been 4.6 million jobs lost even as Americans on foodstamps and disability have risen by 21.2 million.

And the same shown on a monthly basis:

Delay explained.

Source: USDA and SSA

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AmCockerSpaniel's picture

You would like to have a dollar for all those under 65 that collect SS. It's a real need for most of them, but taxes should be non linear. Those who have the most should be asked to pay the most. Not to do this is to cultivate serfdom.

AmCockerSpaniel's picture

It appears that the majority would not object to being a serf, but I would.  Enslavement is just that.  It can be accomplished with force or  with money. And it's NOT easily reversible.

disabledvet's picture

before another dollar is taxed i would argue a full accounting of how every dollar is spent is in order. then we would know whether or not are "charitable bent" is in fact being realized. i think we all here know the answer: "no, the money is not being spent as intended. to help those in need." and because Wall Street is one step ahead of all of us...they are the one's who get the bailouts and thus we ALL lose do we not? NO...those who argue for "starving the beast" have a valid point. the people of the 5 boroughs of New York City plus Northern New Jersey all say the same thing: "where is everybody?" And the answer is "in a bank account somewhere." The money is LONG gone. We'll see if this is the Storm that starts the realization that no one really does have are back...that we live in a condition that may truly be rotten to the core. I find it interesting that the Governor on New York as pegged the cost of Sandy to the same number as what Mayor Bloomberg's net worth allegedly is: 35 billion. "Charity starts in the home" Mr. Mayor. Now is your chance to lead. I would like to think i could be watching as closely as you do. Is the intention to do nothing to begin with? original.

whoopsing's picture

FEMA was driving around my area in a big stupid fucking bus-with escorts with flashing lights-obviously,hopelessly lost. Absolute, fucking losers.Meanwhile, our as local as possible gov't has done a monumental job of digging out, getting shit cleared for utility work,feeding people Why the fuck do we need fema?


jwoop66's picture

Show me where in the constitution it says the federal govt has any responsibility for individual's retirement benefits or health insurance?    Lets go back to using private charities like we did 120+ years ago.  I know some will say "millions of poor will be starving in the streets!", but I challenge anyone to show me evidence of a mass of poor in this country at any one time in our history.  Private charity is local and helps those truly in need and it ensures the recipients don't engage in blatant fraud. 

With that said, the American public has spoken.  They want an entitlement society.  The economy cannot handle it.  Obamacare will make it much worse.  It will be LONG TERM pain for many.    The best we can do is rip the fucking bandaid off quick.   Everyone should apply for as much and as many govt benefits as possible.   Cloward and Piven, baby!  

hooligan2009's picture

bravo bravo..well said +1 brazillion upticks!

real's picture

all the rich all the corporations all businesses get their money from the middle class and the poor buying there products. I am not including the profits involved from financial fantasy So dick heads, as you have gained from us it is now time to pay for your profits. either that or say good bye to the united states

Mike in GA's picture

Exceptionally well said.  I not only agree but would not change a single word. 

Amazing how "collapse" has finally become a household word after years of watching this approaching disaster loom relentlessly closer.

Preparations now, people; there are too many paths to the collapse and NONE to rescue.  Plan accordingly.



Response to Monopoly, above, at 2967905

grgy's picture

Monopoly, you are a true patriot Sir and I salute you.

monopoly's picture

Well, thank you sir. But I am just an American, although one close to tears.

piliage's picture

BRAVO! Well said Sir.

"The Rich" who pay tax in America could move their companies or take their assets to Switzerland anytime they want, put money in a Zug bank, and pay only 8% TOTAL tax for ever. They would have a better quality of life with a government that lives within it's means and operates for the people.

In 10 years, their families would all become Swiss.

I own a business in Europe, live in Europe,..moved here with nothing.

I have to pay tax in Europe AND the US, even though my son has never once used any US service and I haven't done any business in the US for over 12 years. My foreign bank records are audited annually by the IRS, and I have to declare my wife's income to the IRS even though she is not American, as we have a joint account.

The US is becoming a police state with its extra-judicial actions. Those living abroad are sick and tired of paying for their bullshit when we have other options.

Moe Howard's picture

You are not a very well informed retired military officer IMHO. The plan is to raise the rates for retired soldiers, PROGRESSIVLY, meaning the higher the check the more you pay, the goal is to do this until the cost of retired military health care equals the civilian sector.


Maybe read that little Tricare flyer they send out. You will get your wish. The free healthcare the soldiers were promised if they stuck out 20 years is long gone, and soon, the price advantage will be too.

SeattleBruce's picture


Not true on this board...

imbrbing's picture

The poor crowd votes the rich crowd in to take their stuff because they get it "diveed" out back to them like crumbs falling off a table, and that actually makes the poor happy they do that, because the poor are told it is suppose to make them happy. Soon they will have us all in that state of happiness, or dead.

ebworthen's picture

Two-pronged approach; buy out the masses with bread and circuses, and the crony capitalists with bailouts, tax exemptions, absence of rule of law.  With little or no middle class and a somnolent underclass who will challenge the Kleptoligarchy?

Lewshine's picture

Who is the "BUT YOU" in your statement Robin Hood? See, that's the delusion of the left. They call it noble and Christ like to feed their neighbor on left by putting a gun to the head of their neighbor on the right. Socialism is a disease of the soul. 

northerngirl's picture

Last time I was updated on the poor in my state a family of 4 receiving public assistance was taking in about 60K a year.  That came from a social worker who was paid around 40K a year.  In my state the poor not only receive food stamps, but also medical, housing, transportation, utility assistance, and lets not forget cell phones.  That does not count all the food and clothing donated through my church and other charities.  The poor are well taken care of. 

Kprime's picture

the 60K INCLUDES THE 55k the social worker gets.  the poor get the remaining 5k

sessinpo's picture

The problem you have is the word "giving"


Nothing should be given, rich or poor.

SilverFish's picture




Right, because all of us here wanna see poor people starve and see the uber wealthy, who are much better off than ourselves, become even wealthier at the tax payers expense. MUUUAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!



dolly madison's picture



I personally think that we have to have safety nets for people as long as people are unable to opt out of the system that requires them to have money to have a place to exist and have food.  Right now, we have to pay rent or mortgage and property tax just to have a place to exist or to even try to grow our own food.  This is the core of debt slavery.  But there are times through no fault of the debt slaves that there just isn't enough work for them to be able to afford a place to exist or a way to get food.  So if a system of debt slavery is to last, there must be safety nets for the debt slaves.

markettime's picture

I beleive it was Jesus who said "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."  

ShrNfr's picture

Sometimes you have to hit him over the head with a fish to wake him up.

Zenseless's picture

Or shove the fish up his arse.

francis_sawyer's picture

or cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with... A HERRING!

akak's picture

Is that a European herring or an African herring?

francis_sawyer's picture

I don't know...


grgy's picture

Reply to ShrNfr - "Sometimes you have to hit him over the head with a fish to wake him up".

Looking at the results of the election, I don' think anything will ever wake him up. He will consume the last few kernals of corn rather than get off his fat ass, till the soil and plant a crop.  Circle the wagons boys, she's gunna get ugly.'s picture

Check this out. It's hilarious.


Doug Stanhope - If you teach a man to fish...

Sean7k's picture

It is an old Chinese proverb. Jesus gave the fish and bread away. 

GetZeeGold's picture



If you can create fish out of thin air then I say go for it.


Otherwise, I would suggest you gear up here.


FeralSerf's picture

Jesus is wrong.  The oceans are all fished out.  Starkist, et al have already got the fish.

In Jesus' time, subsistance farming was the primary occupation.  Modern mechanized and chemical agriculture methods have changed all that.  There are no jobs anymore for the proles except pizza delivery and burger flipping and there are damn few of those.  How is it possible that we have so many people twirling pizza parlor ads on the street corners now?

GetZeeGold's picture



He's thinks all the polar bears are dead too. We'll turn him loose outside Fairbanks Alaska with a couple salmon we fished out of the ocean tied to his body. He'll soon find our they're very much alive.

grid-b-gone's picture

After staffers read Matthew 14 (feeding a multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish), fractional reserve feeding, having been confirmed as God's work, was added to the mission of the Dept of Agriculture.

But yeah, the three day delay was purely political.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Only time Jesus got angry was over the money people. Then they crucified him for it.

francis_sawyer's picture

Jews hated Jesus... Imagine that...

BigDuke6's picture


The poor shall inherit the earth...

but the rich shall contest the will

Cloud9.5's picture

It's only a four by eight plot.

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

"The poor shall inherit the earth..."

Oh, I'm glad they're getting something, they have a hell of a time. (Life of Brian)

SilverFish's picture

That Stanhope bit NAILS it!

Kprime's picture

teach a man to get food stamps, welfare, and medicaid and he lives a free life, for a lifetime.  Try to build a buisness and work for and living and you are a slave for life.

captain_menace's picture

Build a man a fire, and he's warm for a day.

Light a man on fire, and he's warm for the rest of his life.

dolly madison's picture

But nobody was charging people for fishing licences back in Jesus' time.

nmewn's picture


I just printed up tax deductions for my IRS forms...for the years 2013-2016.

Its mahhhvelous ;-)

vast-dom's picture

all you need to know for Sat Nov 10, 2012:'s picture

Old Bull Lee was quite a character. Literally.

JPM Hater001's picture

I cleared the last of my 401K's from the paper market this year and while I am surely headed for a tax problem I'm prepping for the collapse to take care of that for me.

nmewn's picture

Been thinking about that seriously myself.