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Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

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And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data euphoria was adamant that the US economy was on an escape velocity to utopia. Instead what we do know is that in August and September, over three times as many foodstamp recipients were add to the economy as jobs (324,000). We also know that with the imminent impact of Sandy, which will send foodstamp recipients soaring, it is now looking quite possible that the US may end 2012 with just over a mindboggling 50 million Americans living in absolute poverty and collecting the $134.29 average monthly benefit per person, instead of working. Welcome to the recovery indeed.

Individual Americans on foodstamps:

Foodstamps at the household level rose to a record 24 million:

Aggregating foodstamp, disability and nonfarm payrolls data shows that since the start of the Depression in December 2007, 21.8 million Americans have shifted more or less permanently to the entitlement line, even as the US still has to generate 4.4 million jobs just to break even.

And the same shown on a monthly basis:

Source: SNAP


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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:00 | 3048175 nathan1234
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Sure. And consumer sales will go up.

The Bullshitters BLS data needs to be condemned.

Those who are doing it at their bosses request need to remember that they are destroying fortunesby misleading information and will be facing jail bars in the near future.

Had no choice is no answer.

The country comes first along with the 99%.


Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:51 | 3048218 rsnoble
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Let's see 600k+ newly edgible which means a loss of income yet a dwindling UEI rate. Bullshit.

God forbid the newly elgible was based on having a new child vs. loss of income. 

People seriously need to take up birth control bringing a child into this horseshit is totally irresponsible and mostly greedy.

I don't really care to bash too many of these people when you have corporations spending 24/7 trying to figure out how to fuck them over.  Granted some of them are worthless im sure.


Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:23 | 3048528 spooz
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You seriously need to quit making assumptions.  The US birthrate is plumetting, and is at its lowest since 1920.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:31 | 3048557 rsnoble
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Thanks for taking the time to look that up for me so I didn't have to do it. That's actually good news.  The other good news is teenage girls are way more open to anal these days.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:26 | 3048533 helping_friendl...
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Do you consider demographics when making your point? Children born today will be, just, old enough to pay taxes and pay my Social Security and Medicaide. 

Let them bred. Give them a free education too! We have the lowest birth rate since the Great Depression.

Look at this Khazar:

He gets to have nine children, make billions by stealing from the poor and live in a country dependent on US Taxpayer subsidies.

Bloomberg writes an article bragging about this scumbag JEW POS.

Makes my skin crawl.

Does anyone else have a problem with what  this guy is doing? 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:58 | 3048224 IamtheREALmario
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If the O's handlers want to create chaos by betraying the population then all they have to do is drive the red, white and blue bus over the financial cliff and stop food stamps. 40 million hungry poor people sold out by the lapdog elitists (who most likely think they will survive because they trust their lying masters), first by sending value adding work overseas, second by making them dependent and then finally by taking away the dog dish.

Culling the population with a crisis event may only be a part of it. Stressing the population to the point where they must commit horrible acts or die may be the bigger picture... a feeding frenzy for the thought leeches.

Champagne anyone?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:14 | 3048249 rsnoble
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I am at a stalemate regarding what you think is going on vs. just a bunch of stupid out of touch rich people thinking they can conquer and rule the world and it's not working.  Or it is working and this is just the side effects. Not sure it was all done on purpose.  Just a bunch of elites wanting to stay in rule and making promises that eventually will come to end and now are all running around behind closed doors wondering what the fuck to do now.  Their response is what scares me.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:44 | 3048422 youngman
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I do not think Obama will cut off the food stamps...I think he wants everyone on it except the elites...the ruling class....then he has total voting power....who will vote to eliminate one of their I said before ...the 47% will become 55-60%...that is what he wants...then he has total control...a consertative will never get elected again

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:11 | 3048501 spooz
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When was the last time a conservative was elected?  You have been brainwashed by duopoly propaganda.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:46 | 3048296 midtowng
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Collecting food stamps doesn't mean you don't work. It means you don't earn enough to live on. The lion's share of people on foodstamps are the working poor.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:27 | 3048387 Freewheelin Franklin
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It means you don't know how to budget your money.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:09 | 3048496 spooz
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Right. Just tighten yer belts, peasants, and get used to the new world order.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:53 | 3048445 Gimp
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Agree. You probably work at one of the modern "plantations"  such as Walmart, (insert name here) they keep your hours below 30 to avoid benefits and make the state pick-up the tab so you can survive....SAD

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:47 | 3048297 marginnayan
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But...But....I thought America was the richest and the most technological advanced country in the world. And the largest contributer of monetary funds to the UN...blah....blah.

Oh! Well, never mind.



Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:19 | 3048357 j0nx
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I wouldn't call $134 a month being dependent on govt. for daily sustenance. That wouldn't even pay for the bread and milk for the month at the rate that food has been inflating for the past 2 years. You'd literally have to live off top ramen to survive on $134 a month and even that would be a stretch.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:23 | 3048368 caimen garou
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ebt, it's the new american express!

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:24 | 3048375 roadhazard
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"Those free loaders need to get off the Gov. tit and get a job". - wingers

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:25 | 3048380 Freewheelin Franklin
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In the US, poverty means not being able to afford an iPad.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:33 | 3048394 Clint Liquor
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I work with a fellow from India. He says "everyone I know in India wants to come to America, where the poorest people are fat".

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:33 | 3048401 Freewheelin Franklin
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I heard a report a couple weeks ago that said people are moving back to India from the UK because there are more opportunities there.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:31 | 3048392 ak_khanna
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All the efforts of politicians, government, central banks etc are focused on saving banks instead of targeting job creation which is the only way economy can recover. 
Jobs can be created by initiating the following :

Replace the top management of the too big to fail banks, put the existing ones in prison and charge them with fraud and misrepresentation. Break the banks into smaller ones so that they are no longer a risk to the whole financial system. Implement the Glass Stegall Act.

Use the reclaimed billions of dollars from the arrested bankers and use them to improve the infrastructure of the country. This would create jobs instantly and the improved infrastructure would give the confidence to the small businessman to hire more people.

Tax the richest 5% of the population heavily as they no longer create jobs in the country but outsource the jobs to the low cost developing nations. Stop completely the funding of election candidates by corporates and rich individuals so that their influence on politicians to make rules beneficial to themselves is clipped.

Stopping speculation and derivatives in commodity markets would reduce their prices substantially which would be beneficial to the majority of the population. This would lead to a better standard of living for the middle class families and they would go out and spend helping the revival of the economy.

But in the real world we can keep on dreaming.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:01 | 3048469 helping_friendl...
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You forgot:

Audit the FRBNY and, if found insolvent, force into bankruptcy court just like any other broken corporation.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:32 | 3048560 semperfi
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"Jobs can be created by initiating the following :"

1. "reboot" the federal govt - delete all of the existing one and start completely over with the baseline Constitution & amendments

Its like Windows: leave it running for too long and it becomes corrupted, slow, and eventually crashes your computer

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:35 | 3048405 Athenian
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If 50 million Americans are living in "absolute poverty" as claimed and collecting a mere $134.29 per month, then how many are there living on less than $200, $250? Even at $300, it's $10 a day, to eat, clothe and shelter - I still regard $10 a day absolute poverty. 100 million people maybe.  What's that almost a third of the population?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:06 | 3048487 Everybodys All ...
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88 million in U-6 unemployment. That's about a third.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:44 | 3048423 foodstampbarry
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Forward comrades!

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:50 | 3048433 Gimp
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Not to burst any fellow ZH'ers bubble here but the gubbermint can keep this welfare system/scam gong for decades. Don't believe me, look at Europe.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:00 | 3048466 semperfi
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1000 years of darkness straight ahead.  Is it too late to turn around?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:57 | 3048456 semperfi
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Kenyan Thug & his Marxist Army goal:  everyone on food stamps, so they can control your diet.  And everyone on KenyanCare so they can control your health and 'manage your death', so that money is not wasted on trying to save old people who are going to die soon anyway, and so that they can kill more unborn babies to keep population growth down (see China).  His plan is "exceeding expectations", is a smashing success.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:38 | 3048592 spooz
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Not much control with food stamps.  You can still buy soda and candy with SNAP, though some would like that changed:

Obamacare is an abomination benefitting crony corporate interests, who treat every claim as a cost to be reduced or denied, where providing health care should be the primary focus.  Single payer is the way to go for so many reasons, from providing better, cheaper health care per capita (as all other developed coutries have discovered) to making our businesses more competitive.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:15 | 3048509 yogibear
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Along with Dow 10,000 hat Washington socialist can wear their 50,000,000 food stamp hat.

Bubble Bernanke and the fed can try and solve the problem by printing and devaluing the US dollar.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:19 | 3048518 cxp
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- Dec 12 Italy 12-month T-bill auction for E6.5bln 
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- Dec ? Italy 2013 Budget, If pass Monti will step down as PM 
- Dec 20 Italy T-bill redemption for E3.5bln
- Dec 21 President Napolitano year-end press conference, likely date to 
dissolve parliament
- Dec 27 Italy T-bill redemption for E3.0bln, T-bill/CTZ auction
- Dec 28 Italy BTP/CCTeu auctions 
- Dec 31 Italy T-till redemption for E9.0bln
- Dec 31 Italy CTZ bond redemption for E11.833bln
- Feb ? Italy general election - within 45-70 days after President 
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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:22 | 3049248 Aurora Ex Machina
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The OP is missing a trick.

The real moment to know the show is over is when mobile phones (indeed, iphone 5 / 6, March 2013 version onwards) can be used to handle & swipe your allotment of resources. Think I'm joking?

iEBT, although I prefer "iSNAP".


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