This page has been archived and commenting is disabled.

Households On Foodstamps Rise To New Record

Tyler Durden's picture


While hardly presented by the mainstream media with the same panache dedicated to the monthly ARIMA-X-12 seasonally-adjusted, climate-affected, goal-seek devised non-farm payroll data, the three month delayed Foodstamp number is according to many a far greater attestation to the "effectiveness" of the Obama administration to turn the economy around. And far greater it is: since his inauguration, the US has generated just 841,000 jobs through November 2012, a number is more than dwarfed by the 17.3 million new foodstamps and disability recipients added to the rolls in the past 4 years. And since the start of the depression in December 2007, America has seen those on foodstamps and disability increase by 21.8 million, while losing 3.6 million jobs. End result: total number of foodstamp recipients as of November: 47.7 million, an increase of 141,000 from the prior month, and reversing the brief downturn in October, while total US households on foodstamps just hit an all time record of 23,017,768, an increase of 73,952 from the prior month. The cost to the government to keep these 23 million households content and not rising up? $281.21 per month per household.

Total Americans on foodstamps:

Total households on foodstamps and average benefit per household:

Monthly change in Foodstamp and Disability recipients vs jobs since December 2007:

Cumulative change in jobs vs Foodstamps and Disability Recipients:

Source: SNAP


- advertisements -

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:09 | 3232694 GetZeeGold
GetZeeGold's picture



Damn straight it's a new record.


Don Pardo....tell them what they've won.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:15 | 3232720 krispkritter
krispkritter's picture

Welcome to the United State of Welfare.  Here's your phone, couch, LCD TV, and EBT...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:24 | 3232733 krispkritter
krispkritter's picture

+1 and right on cue the 'Assurance Wireless Government Assisted Phone' ads hit the banner line...gotta love it.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:25 | 3232743 GetZeeGold
GetZeeGold's picture



The EBTs have helped the PR department out greatly....cause the pictures of bread lines are just too damn depressing.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:43 | 3232785 Watauga
Watauga's picture

And 70% of "young" voters voted for Obama and the Democrats in 2008, and 60% in 2012.  Don't go all moron on me and started crying about GWBush.  Sure, he and the Republicans are almost as stupid and almost as corrupt and almost as evil, but there is no way they could be this bad. 

The only solution is to oust them all, one way or another.  The Great Reset.  It has to start somewhere.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:56 | 3232828 MillionDollarBonus_
MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

What this (predictably biased) article fails to mention is that home equity is starting to surge once again to 2007 levels, raising the net worth of many Americans to the high triple digits and some even seven digits. There are many gree shoots out there that ZHers refuse to acknowledge. But the housing recovery alone should give American homeowners the confidence to spend freely and generously without worrying about retirement. This is exclusively the work of our Federal Reserve officials, and in my opinion we cannot thank them enough for their contribution to humanity.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:00 | 3232842 krispkritter
krispkritter's picture

Krugman, put down the keyboard and take your meds.

You: Realistically, we’re not going to resolve our long-run fiscal issues any time soon, which is O.K. — not ideal, but nothing terrible will happen if we don’t fix everything this year. Meanwhile, we face the imminent threat of severe economic damage from short-term spending cuts.

So we should avoid that damage by kicking the can down the road. It’s the responsible thing to do.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:09 | 3233189 tango
tango's picture

It also forgot to mention that personal debt is rising astronomically.  The only thing a rise in value of one's home gives is the ability to take out a second mortgage. There is NO path to consumer growth with food inflation, gas inflation, the hike in SS, poor wage performance EXCEPT through debt and government checks (the same thing).  I still think you are being sarcastic - nobody can be that damn dumb and get through the day.  

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:47 | 3234333 eddymunster
eddymunster's picture

I agree that MDB is being sarcastic but hard to decypher at times which makes it look trollish.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:21 | 3232931 I am more equal...
I am more equal than others's picture

When hyper inflation kicks in there will 25,000,000 pissed off people ready to rumble for food.  Pay-outs will not be able to keep up with inflation.  Its going to be a grand old time. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:27 | 3232969 Taffy Lewis
Taffy Lewis's picture

Build that legacy, dingleBarry!

At this rate, you will cruise to 50 million before your term is up.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:33 | 3233004 SamAdams
SamAdams's picture

BUSH=OBAMA=ROMNEY, party affiliation matters not to the bankers so long as you can follow orders with a straight face (challenging to Bush Jr).  Compartmentalizing hides the truth, you have to take in the big picture to see what is really going on.  Same for religion, man made compartmentalizing of a people into prejudice as a means to war.  Oldest tricks in the book:  money creation, religion and war....

The great reset is not what you think it will be.  America is being cut down to a more managable size.  National factions compete, but at the top, how many money creators are there? 

It's not brainwashing per se, it is controlling what the mind knows. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:55 | 3232816 MillionDollarBonus_
MillionDollarBonus_'s picture


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:18 | 3232730 bank guy in Brussels
bank guy in Brussels's picture

Soon they can party with the 'SNAP 50 Million!' celebration caps on

D-EBT cards for all ... no one left behind ... your signed waiver of all human and US Constitutional rights all that is needed

Funny how current it is, the 1982 great rock tune by the Clash, 'Know Your Rights'

« Know your rights
All three of 'em

You have the right to food money
Providing of course
You don't mind
A little investigation

You have the right not to be killed ...
Unless it was done
By a policeman
Or an aristocrat

You have the right to free speech
As long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it

Know your rights
These are your rights ... »

Great live performance of 'Know Your Rights' here:

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:23 | 3232949 Dingleberry
Dingleberry's picture

Me thinks we are giving too much $$ to each food stamp recipient.  All the ones that I see are fat as fuck.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:42 | 3233643 mumcard
mumcard's picture

Healthy fresh food is expensive.  Processed, gmo, empty calorie junk is cheap.  Do the math.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:44 | 3233650 escargot
escargot's picture

How many Americans do you see that AREN'T fat as fuck?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:57 | 3233903 chubbyjjfong
chubbyjjfong's picture

How many Americans do you see that AREN'T fat as fuck?

The few that are remaining that have to work their asses off to foot the bill for those fat fucks that are on foodstamps.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:04 | 3233936 mumcard
mumcard's picture

So are the members of the CFR, the Fed, Wall Street...are they working their asses off to foot the bill?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:38 | 3234684 chubbyjjfong
chubbyjjfong's picture

Your reply can't honestly be serious.   No.. I am obviously referring to Americas middle class, whom have had their manufacturing jobs steadily shipped off-shore in addition to their wages being subjected to ever increasing taxes. The working class demographic is comtinually expected to pay for everything in exchange for the total annihilation of their future wealth creation and that of their children.

Yes.. there are families who legitimately rely on foodstamps so that their children can go to school with breakfast in their stomach, however there is an increasing amount of lazy individuals who see it as a free lunch. What is the incentive to work when you can can get paid to have kids and sit on the couch and watch Oprah and stuff your mouths with pizza and coke. 

The money the Fed prints only ends up in the pockets of the Elite via higher valuations of their shitty stock on what used to be known as the stock market.  It would be incredibly niave to think that any money made it to the sheeple.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:55 | 3233895 Panafrican Funk...
Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Yep, though giving them less would probably still result in obesity (possibly even worse than it already is) due to how we subsidize and regulate agriculture.  We are a fat fuck country because we're short-run incentivized to eat shit that barely qualifies as food. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:01 | 3233158 DaveyJones
DaveyJones's picture

Don Pardo for us

Don Pardon for them

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:11 | 3232703 Desert Irish
Desert Irish's picture

"Let them eat cake...."

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:12 | 3232710 smlbizman
smlbizman's picture

im looking for you karnack.........a steaming pile of dog shit, ben bernanke and larry meyers....

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:25 | 3232738 max2205
max2205's picture

$300 a month is a small price to pay so your mother and sister dont get raped every 20 minutes and your brother and father don't get murdered.....right?


Until $300 isn't  enough anymore

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:27 | 3233264 tango
tango's picture

A big problem is welfare unenforcement. Mom get workers comp, dad gets disability.  This does not count as income so they can get foodstamps.  If they claim two kids (no one ever checks) they get $500/mth in food stamps. But, as happen so often, son Jimmy gets state aid and foot stamps since he really lives away from home.  Daughter Sue also lives awa and just had another kid from a one night stand and she gets all sorts of aid.   Thirty years ago, all would have been employed or living off savings. In our Brave New World we detail the plans of our collapse.  

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:23 | 3232729 Sudden Debt
Sudden Debt's picture

that's so 1792...

the 2013 version: LET THEM EAT TWINKIES!!!!


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:12 | 3232705 youngman
youngman's picture

It will never be reported....this is the plan...its called vote buying....once you are hooked on the free government want more and fact you think you deserve more and more...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:12 | 3232706 Seasmoke
Seasmoke's picture

Glad to see Tyler used the correct word DEPRESSION

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:12 | 3232709 BlackMagician
BlackMagician's picture

Who needs a job when there's all this free stuff...can't wait till the immigrants from down south get their "path" to citizenship approved.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:12 | 3232712 fiftybagger
fiftybagger's picture

Bread getting lighter, circuses getting stranger.

Silver For The People

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:15 | 3232719 Red Raspberry
Red Raspberry's picture

Do not feed the bears!!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:10 | 3232889 EvlTheCat
EvlTheCat's picture

Unless you can extend them voting rights.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:15 | 3232721 DavidC
DavidC's picture

"Households On Foodstamps Rise To New Record".

The numbers are UP, that must be good!


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:17 | 3232726 Sudden Debt
Sudden Debt's picture


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:18 | 3232731 Vincent Vega
Vincent Vega's picture

Holy Fuck! If my math is correct that is $6.4B per month.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:25 | 3232745 Sudden Debt
Sudden Debt's picture

you'll never make it into the foodstamp programm if you keep on using words like "math" you know....


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3232838 SmallerGovNow2
SmallerGovNow2's picture

Your math is correct VV...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:19 | 3232732 Black Markets
Black Markets's picture

Need to show the change in population otherwise the charts are meaningless.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:28 | 3232749 Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden's picture

Well, let's see:

- increase in population since December 2007: 11.8 million; Since January 2009: 8.9 million;
- increase in labor force since December 2007: 1.4 million; Since January 2009: 1.1 million

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:11 | 3233952 Panafrican Funk...
Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Fun fact related to this:  Since the January 2009, the civilian labor participation rate has dropped 2.1%.  

Can't stop gravity on a real basis, but you can try on a nominal basis.  

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:38 | 3232774 MFLTucson
MFLTucson's picture

What the hell difference does age mean?  The number of needy people is the issue!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3232839 LMAO
LMAO's picture

Just wait till Hopey Changey and TPTB are finished with Vote-buying the "illegal immigrants", bestowing upon them Merikan nationality. I'm sure that scheme would also work wonders towards the SNAP business. GO JPM!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:33 | 3233817 Creepy Lurker
Creepy Lurker's picture

And at less than $300 a month, that was the suprise for me. These are cheap whores.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:28 | 3232746 Aegelis
Aegelis's picture

It feels terrible being helpless to help the 'helpless'.  I'm sure there's some people in legit need, but I'm also confident there are some people who don't understand what being a government slave means or will mean.  Hope there isn't a draft, we know who will be the first to go because they're already on the government's payroll.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:44 | 3232793 ATM
ATM's picture

They will be the last to go. They are valuable voters for the dole. The ones who will be drafted will be those who are oissed off supporting the chattle, those that vote against the party and the government.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:50 | 3233665 mumcard
mumcard's picture

Rome did hire mercenaries near the end, not send out the slaves.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:32 | 3232752 Squid Vicious
Squid Vicious's picture

My local Walmart did seem awfully busy the first few days of Feb. but I thought it was because of all the new high paying jobs, rising home prices and wealth effect from rising equity prices...hmm

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:35 | 3232758 GetZeeGold
GetZeeGold's picture



It was just people looking for ammo......most walked out empty handed.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:46 | 3232796 ATM
ATM's picture

ALL walked out empty handed. Not a single 9mm, .40 or .223 to be had for the last month and a half. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:04 | 3232856 Chump
Chump's picture

Plenty of 30-06.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:12 | 3232898 GetZeeGold
GetZeeGold's picture



Fine if you're going deer hunting. Not really a caliber for fending off tyranny.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:32 | 3232995 Chump
Chump's picture

You have no idea what you're talking about.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:37 | 3233022 GetZeeGold
GetZeeGold's picture



True, I shoot a 270. I'll just shut the hell up now.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:24 | 3233248 Bad Attitude
Bad Attitude's picture

Not all left Walmart empty handed. Saturday, I got 300 rounds of 9mm at one, and 60 rounds of .223 at another.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:22 | 3233566 steelrules
steelrules's picture

You poor Yankees, your Govt banned Chinese ammo from Norinco, just got a Chinese AR15 clone for $699.00, I can buy 1400 rounds of 7.62 x 39 for $350/ crate and 1600 rounds 5.56 for $450/ crate, and it's always in stock. Walmart's just hunting ammo up here in Canada, but I do buy my bird shot there.

We Canucks have gone "Gun Nuts" too, in the last year just one of the ranges I belong to the membership has gone from 250 to 750. 


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:32 | 3232754 spankfish
spankfish's picture

I am the genie of the bottle... your wish is my command.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:36 | 3232766 reload
reload's picture

WTF is happening to Gold and Silver -- smashed to bits -- why??

any clues ? or just.......because they can

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:44 | 3232792 youngman
youngman's picture

Its because Chna and Russia are buying so much...they need more...LOl

I sure seems wierd...everywhere I read people, countries, Central banks buying.....who is SELLING????????

that is what I do not know....I bet some of these broke countries...France...Portugal...etc are selling quietly....they need the cash to keep the ponzi going...but some day they will have sold out...the gold is moving to strong hands that are not day traders....some day it will be all distributed...and then what ?????

Days like today boggle my little mind...but I also have no faith in the "markets" as for being real...when you build huge computers to just manipulate the market..guess are going to...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:56 | 3232829 Mike in GA
Mike in GA's picture

That's a good question...if China and Russia together bought 1300 tons +/_ over the last year...great question...WHO IS SELLING??

Someone here knows the #s w/o google, but the gross mining issuance plus scrap would be how much?

Then subtract jewelry and non-CB investment demand and wouldn't that be roughly the amount sold by whichever countries are selling.  Wouldn't they then be seen as the true 'periphery' countries, most liable to devalue next?

I'm just asking...I think that's a great question, Youngman.


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:45 | 3233074 eclectic syncretist
eclectic syncretist's picture

Who is selling?  Either really stupid people, people using someone else's money, or people with unlimited access to fiat. 

In any case, the number of buying opportunities are growing smaller rapidly IMHO.  I am glad for this opportunity and will be a buyer today. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:47 | 3232800 JustObserving
JustObserving's picture

You cannot buy gold and silver with foodstamps, the only real currency left in these United States.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:38 | 3232773 LongSoupLine
LongSoupLine's picture

more fucking money for obama's organized crime syndicate, jp morgan.



fuck you barry, you fucking piece of fucking bank dick sucking shit.  Fucking total asshole, fuck off you prick.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:47 | 3232799 qqqqtrader
qqqqtrader's picture


... for not using the word "fuck" enough.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:37 | 3233026 LongSoupLine
LongSoupLine's picture


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:44 | 3232790 Mr. Magoo
Mr. Magoo's picture

Looks like the Cloward–Piven strategy is moving along as planned.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:47 | 3232798 ATM
ATM's picture

Just part of the Communists manifesto. Bankrupt the West, create chaos and have the infrastructure in place to assume power in the melee.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:48 | 3232802 Mike in GA
Mike in GA's picture

When everywhere I look I see the ingredients of social destruction, how can I conclude anything but collapse as a result?

Rule of law...trashed

Leadership in governance...long since disappeared

Widespread mooching off the taxpayer both corporate and individual...endemic

Denial and disposal of morality...endemic in gov't and individual

Debt and unfunded obligations of our gov't...ballooning into unbelievable & unpayable heights

Where is the silver lining? 


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3232968 Dewey Cheatum Howe
Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

It is always 5 o'clock somewhere?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:50 | 3232809 CDNX fan
CDNX fan's picture

Rising food stamp usage = CRASHING GOLD PRICE

Makes perfect sense, don't it?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:52 | 3232815 Rockfish
Rockfish's picture

$281.21 per month per 

Livin it up on $9.37 a day. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:15 | 3232904 riphowardkatz
riphowardkatz's picture

an entire rotiserrie chicken from costco, 10 eggs, half gallon of milk, half loaf of bread, 2 cans of green beans and an a couple apples.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3232837 deerhunter
deerhunter's picture

Mike in Ga,   the silver lining is my 6 month old granson hearing my voice when I go over to their house and turning his head and smiling at me.   And,  we don't live in Argentina,   YET.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:00 | 3232840 deerhunter
deerhunter's picture

spell check,  grandson, 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3232964 Mike in GA
Mike in GA's picture

You're right, Deerhunter, for us as individuals that family contact and continuity IS our silver lining.  Couldn't agree more.

But civilizationally, the fabric of our civil society has been frayed and torn to the point that gaping holes have allowed in the Trojan Horses of our time.  My unyielding contention is it is over.  Our grandsons will exist in either Orwellian totalitarianism or a post-apocalytic anarchical/fuedal/tribal social construct that more resembles modern-day Africa than the America we grew up in.

When the US loses reserve currency status, the nearly 50% of the FedGov budget that is borrowed will go unfunded and thus, unspent.  The millions "kept at bay..." by foodstamps will begin to truly act out. World stage players already sensing weakness will do the same.  War will be one inevitable result of the lunacy that passes for governance today.

The sequestration that causes such wailing and gnashing of teeth today will be remembered as the good old days when the FedGov is forced by markets to restrain its spending.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:10 | 3232997 Dewey Cheatum Howe
Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Why do you think things like the walking dead are so popular these days. The ebt people are going to be wandering around like zombies when the cards stop working. They are also going to be cannibalzing themselves and everything that moves when hunger sets in. The tv shows are for the batteries plugged into matrix trying to deal with the problem but refusing to acknowledge it.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:47 | 3233657 Bad Attitude
Bad Attitude's picture

Some of the EBT people, those whose brains have been toasted by drugs or alcohol, will be like Walking Dead zombies (you've seen them shuffling down the streets or inside Walmart). The remainder of the EBT people will be lethally fast like the 28 Days Later zombies. Hungry EBT people will be very dangerous and will feel entitled to what you may have prudently set aside for a rainy day.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:17 | 3235021 smiler03
smiler03's picture

95% of the Zombies I see have a device of some sort in their hands. Maybe it's a remote control?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:06 | 3232869 overmedicatedun...
overmedicatedundersexed's picture

overmedicated with .gov placebo hand outs..what do you do when .gov is the biggest pusher on the block? why you give them what they ask when they me a cock eyed optimist but life is only worth it when lived to your potential, not to the median.

Mammals when overfed and crowded into cages act out by insane behavior..this is the art of modern governments coopted by NWO elites-you are driven to self destruction unless you find a way out of the many never will.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:22 | 3232941 mayhem_korner
mayhem_korner's picture



Do they have a measure of those "actively seeking" to get off of food stamps?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:34 | 3233010 847328_3527
847328_3527's picture

I don't think this number includes State assistance. I read there are thousands of immigrants in places like Boston and Phili getting free food, housing, health care, etc. I am not sure if they have green cards or what but it might be nice if ZH gurus report on the State assistance also, so as to get an accurate total picture of all the welfare here in the USA.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35 | 3233015 Fix It Again Timmy
Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Don't cut off my cheesey puffs, mr. congressman....

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:37 | 3233625 John Law Lives
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:37 | 3233023 1000yrdstare
1000yrdstare's picture

You want to start total anarchy? Just hack the EBT system and shut it down.... instant chaos...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:59 | 3233916 riphowardkatz
riphowardkatz's picture

exaclty why you should give your children everything they want. to hear the crying just isnt worth it

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:46 | 3233081 mr1963
mr1963's picture

Phase 1 of reparations...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:48 | 3233087 northerngirl
northerngirl's picture

My eldest daughter works for a large discount retailer and she comes home some nights so frustrated because those using EBT's, WIC, etc., are the most difficult customers: Rude, and foul mouthed.  They can't afford to purchase groceries without government assistance but they have money for  junk food, condoms, and alcohol?


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:02 | 3233160 Mike in GA
Mike in GA's picture

they are the tribal idiots it took Hillary's village to raise...and they vote



this is why our society is frickin doomed

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:02 | 3233925 riphowardkatz
riphowardkatz's picture

more than once see a couple check out with two different carts. front cart is mom with the ebt back cart is dad with candy and beer and non essentials.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:14 | 3233207 jbvtme
jbvtme's picture

food stamps are a hedge placed by the rich to prevent the poor from eating them

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:01 | 3233446 orangegeek
orangegeek's picture

And with foodstamps you can buy some Orville Redenbacher and a nice bottle of your favorite soda because this is just sadly entertaining.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:11 | 3233500 deerhunter
deerhunter's picture

8 dollar a pack cigarettes too don't forget.  How in the hell can we feed people with EBT cards who are spending that kind of money on tobacco.  I think here in Illinois they also get some kind of cash bennies so they can indeed do strip clubs and booze.  Manicured nails,,,, SUV's brand new,,,,  I gotta stop before I blow a gasket

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:06 | 3233724 mumcard
mumcard's picture

Cigarettes and beer are the prescription drugs of the destitute.  Their painkillers, their sleeping aid, their xanax.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:18 | 3233757 northerngirl
northerngirl's picture

Don't forget the Tattoo's and body piercing's.  Through all of this the, "Entitlement", mentality reigns strong.

It is very difficult to maintain a, "Charitable Heart", when those taking, (By their own actions), do not have a, "Grateful Heart".  If this is the result of the actions to build a, "Great Society", we need to go back to the drawing board.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:13 | 3233968 Creepy Lurker
Creepy Lurker's picture

Here you go, deerhunter.

Anyone who doesn't want to blow a gasket after seeing this must already be dead.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:28 | 3234271 Totentänzerlied
Totentänzerlied's picture

I'm sure this parabolic function will top-out any day now.


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:58 | 3234401 hooligan2009
hooligan2009's picture

just a thought,

there are 115 million households in the US and the 23 m households currently on food stamps cost 281 per month or $80 billion a year;

the cost of putting the whole country on foodstamps would be $400 billion a year. 

how about abolishing all government spending totally except for food stamps? this would reduce spending by 90% (from 3,600 billion to 400 billion) 

of course, you could also drop taxes from 2,300 billion to, say, 1 trillion and run fiscal surpluses of 600 billion and repay the principal debt of 16 trillion over the next 27 years...then take another 27 years to repay the compounded interest.

this way everyone would be better off! well except for the other beneficiaries for housing, health and retirement..but at least these guys would be fed.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:54 | 3235816 kchrisc
kchrisc's picture

Government taketh the cheese

Government giveth some of the cheese back

Government now own you with your own cheese


Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!