Food Stamp Recipients Dominated By "Working Age Americans" For First Time On Record

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

When people ask me to describe the state of the U.S. economy, what I always say is that it can best characterized as an ongoing state-sanctioned theft. This theft consists of the 0.01% oligarch class intentionally leveraging a corrupt monetary and political system in order to funnel all of the wealth of the non-oligarch rich and middle-class upward to them. The underclasses are kept quiet and in-line via food stamps and other forms of so-called “welfare.”

In reality, I have frequently maintained that food stamps are actually corporate welfare and that the stock market represents food stamps for the 1%. The entire economy is a gigantic bait and switch in which a handful of people rape and pillage everyone else.

With unemployment and GDP statistics hopelessly manipulated, we must look at other data points in order to gain an understanding of how things really stand. Data related to food stamp rolls is one way to gain real insight into the true state of the U.S. economy.

In an excellent article from the Associate Press, we learn several things.

  • For the first time ever, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps.
  • Food stamp participation since 1980 has grown the fastest among workers with some college training.
  • By education, about 28 percent of food stamp households are headed by a person with at least some college training, up from 8 percent in 1980.

More from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.


Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program — twice what it cost five years ago — may not subside significantly anytime soon.

“High employment, stagnant wages.” Huh? Don’t these people realize we’ve been in a recovery for almost five years now!

Food stamp participation since 1980 has grown the fastest among workers with some college training, a sign that the safety net has stretched further to cover America’s former middle class, according to an analysis of government data for The Associated Press by economists at the University of Kentucky. Formally called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or SNAP, the program now covers 1 in 7 Americans.

Notice the statement, “America’s former middle class.” At least they are honest. The middle class is gone.

Since 2009, more than 50 percent of U.S. households receiving food stamps have been adults ages 18 to 59, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. The food stamp program defines non-elderly adults as anyone younger than 60.


As recently as 1998, the working-age share of food stamp households was at a low of 44 percent, before the dot-com bust and subsequent recessions in 2001 and 2007 pushed new enrollees into the program, according to the analysis by James Ziliak, director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky.


By education, about 28 percent of food stamp households are headed by a person with at least some college training, up from 8 percent in 1980. Among those with four-year college degrees, the share rose from 3 percent to 7 percent. High-school graduates head the bulk of food stamp households at 37 percent, up from 28 percent. In contrast, food stamp households headed by a high-school dropout have dropped by more than half, to 28 percent.


So basically, young people are being encouraged to take on a mountain of suffocating debt to go to college and get a worthless degree only to move into their parents basements and collect food stamps. Now that’s what I call a recovery.

Several economists say food stamp rolls are likely to remain elevated for some time. Historically, there has been a lag before an improving unemployment rate leads to a substantial decline in food stamp rolls; the Congressional Budget Office has projected it could take 10 years.

This is particularly the case when unemployment statistics are entirely fabricated.

Full- and part-time workers employed year-round saw the fastest growth in food stamp participation since 1980, making up 17 percent and 7 percent of households, respectively. In contrast, the share of food stamp households headed by an unemployed person has remained largely unchanged, at 53 percent. Part-year workers declined in food stamp share.

Welcome to serfdom. You have arrived America.

Full article here.

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Hippocratic Oaf's picture

All according to plan..................

If you will not voluntarily get on the gubmint teat, they will force you.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct, at this point, it would be more humane to build colesseums and let the serfs fight to the death.  Moar for the owners, and once the robots take over, there will be nothing left for anyone else.

The main problem with idle hands "of working age" is that they often find something to do anyway...

interesting times...

Bearwagon's picture

Yeah. Hunger games - it would be more humane!

corporatewhore's picture

we do have our gladiator spectacles with our pro sports teams.  I just can't believe people buy all this team shit that ain't inexpensive.  Of course, the rent can't be paid, the utilities turned off--but we do have our regalia and EBT/SNAP.

NuckingFuts's picture

Why the down votes? Outside of .gov I can not think of a bigger waste of time and resources then pro sports.

cynicalskeptic's picture

The main problem with idle hands "of working age" is that they often find something to do anyway...


The traditional 'solution' has always been war.  Lets the most dangerous unemployed - young males full of testosterone - fight 'enemies' of the state instead of questioning the actions of the state which have left them unemployed.  Jobs are created in the armaments industry for others.  Any criticism of the state is suppressed as 'unpatriotic' as the populace is encouraged to focus on 'the enemy'.

TheGardener's picture

Paying taxes is for the truly stupid.

Either you are clever and make lot`s of money but know
when to stop if more is a disservice to yourself and just would feed the beast. Or you are simply instinct driven
which is a higher form of intelligence by empiric measures
and you don`t start wasting your efforts with an overwhelming multitudes of incentives that tell you to avoid
paid work for "social reasons".

Class warfare whom ? The idiot tax paying middling classes
that envy rich and poor alike for a leisurely non-working lifestyle ? Some good folks still working as a habit without need will take care of themselves whatever happens but lots of sheeple wage slaves will get what they have been
asking for : socialist paradise with equal poverty rights

akarc's picture

The Corporations will force the gubmint to force you. Easy enough to do as members of congress twerk at Davos to be noticed.

Freddie's picture

Hope & Change.  Remember all the young people fainting and fawning over Obama?  Like the little black hilter youth that they are (this includes black, hispanic, asian and white youth who fainted for Der Islamo Pot Head).   Morons.

Sad because McCain is Soros other puppet.   In 2012, Romney & Newt were Adelson's boys but Santorum was " too Christian" for him.

If t6he younguns had been smart - they would have been out there for Ron Paul.

TheGardener's picture

Freddie, beyond me how a nation that should by now be
efficient in dealing with minorities had to have this one.

Yes, there are A-Americans and they could be transferred
or elect freely their own negro king for the voluntary
dissimilation .

How any white person casted a vote for a bastard of
dubious provenience is truly beyond me.

In retrospect everyone hates this guy, but what a deep
seated self hate made anyone vote for the black sheep
of banksters choice to start with ?

Dingleberry's picture

Spot on Frederick.

The youngings fawned over him and his health plan.

And departed the scene when they saw the bill.

Ron Paul was their only hope. Even if he was a complete fraud (which he was not), voting for him would have at least shown that they have an iota of collective intelligence.

Instead, they had ideas inserted into their heads, thought the ideas were their own, and made emotionally-based (and suicidal) decisions.

the0ther's picture

Lots o youngins WERE out there for Ron Paul. Then the puppet masters stole the nomination from Paul and handed it to Romney. It was stolen no doubt about it.

RafterManFMJ's picture

2015 Chartism:

Can of baked beans: 100 rounds 5.55
Case of MREs: one 'assault rifle'
Food for a year for you and your family: enlist in US Army
Food for you alone for a year: enlist in AmeriCorps

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Sure am glad I am GTFO'ing myself. 

firstdivision's picture

Recovery, Fuck Yeah!

TideFighter's picture

Unfortunately, "working age" now means to age 75, EBT for Polident and Depends.

akarc's picture

no man, make your grandparents gum their food and piss their pants. After all you are helping to support them right?

TeamDepends's picture

Finally, someone who gets it.

krispkritter's picture

Years ago we were at a lunch with an older co-worker who was a workaholic.  The subject of retirement came up and someone asked him when he was going to retire and he replied 'Depends.'  Without thinking I chimed in 'What?  When you start wearing them?'  Which created a bunch of laughter but a frown from him.  I bet he's still working.

cynicalskeptic's picture

I'm from a family of 'aspirational Republicans' - blue collar/working class who believe that 'only poor people are Democrats'.  They've voted against their interests for decades.  

Some are in their 80's - still working because they HAVE to but somehow justifying it all in their own minds.  

My grandmother - who put FDR in the same group as Hitler and Stalin - collected far more from Social Security and Medicare, stayed in a house she could never have afforded without government help - a house that had NEVER been reassessed over the 50 years she lived there.  The irony in all this is that these oh so 'independent' people were more than willing to take help from the government while complaining vociferpously about the 'poor people' that they thought were 'abusing' the system.  However they had been screwed up and downa and sideways over the course of their lives by their employers - none had any pension of value (and few had bothered to save for their own retirement, living paycheck to paycheck).  Few of their children ever accomplished substantially more than their parents - many went to college (mediocre ones) but this was a famiy where the best and brightest were not encouraged but battered with 'You think you're so smart.'  In this famliy, the nail that stuck up got smashed down to the same level as the rest.  God forbid anyone really did do 'better' - this was not accomplishing something of note but seen as 'showing off' and making the rest 'look bad'.  Bad decisions were always justified somehow.  My grandmother married badly - to someone who cheated on her and worse - but somehow she justified that all in her own mind. She kept her family together but at a huge price to all involved.  Somehow all the bad choices in her life were the fault of others.  The ability to blame others for one's own bad decisions seems to be a famliy attribute.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

The owners are getting closer and closer to the peonage/serfdom that they seek.

yrbmegr's picture

Indeed.  It was once believed that capitalism is better than feudalism because feudalism is founded on ownership of land while capitalism is founded on ownership of capital.  Land, the thinking goes, is in limited supply, whereas capital can be created.  However, if all means of creating capital are owned, capitalism is converted to feudalism.  We are close, I think.

TheGardener's picture

Have your eyes on others capital and land much ?

You might get blinded in envy.

How many people, land and capital do you own to raise your voice as such ?

GeorgeHayduke's picture

Good point. Maybe I'm too sheltered in my gray economy life with as much avoidance of mainstream anything to notice that we've crossed the threshold. I'll be looking more closely.

b_thunder's picture

People get food stamps because the cost rent, healthcare, and gasoline is TOO DAMN HIGH!

Because inflation is so understated, what formerly was a living wage now simply isn't, but people believe the official propaanda and do not demand wage increases to compensate for the price increases.

The US Dollar lost 75% of its value since 1980.  How many low-end jobs pay 4X what they paid in 1980?  Min. wage was $3.10, it should be $12.50 now


Oldwood's picture

Fuck that! Lets make it $25/hr so I can afford that new car! Hell why stop there? We could do a hundred right? There is no reason for economics, supply and demand and silly shit like that interfere with our prosperity plan. Maybe we can go Agentina and simply set prices low too. Maybe cap new cars at $20k so everyone can afford one. I mean shit, if we are going to do this lets do it right!

forwardho's picture

Your on a roll, lets just TAKE all the rich folks shit!

They gots mo than enuff!!

akarc's picture

Or for kicks and giggles take back the ill gotten bank gains starting with JD. That should go a long way towards helping. Oh wait, congres will just fight over what to do with it. Not knowing they will give back to corprations.

akarc's picture

We do not need Argentina. We got KIA, the car of the people.

Tall Tom's picture

I thought the Car of the people was the Volkswagon...


Ooops...Wrong era...That was fascism under Hitler rather than today's fascism.


You are right. It is the KIA. (Killed In Action)

DOT's picture


The wages for the Free Shit Army have nothing to do with inflation or the cost of living.

midtowng's picture

Maybe you didn't understand the headline: it was about working people.

akarc's picture

I think you meant to put a ?sarc behind that. But I downed ya just in case.

JR's picture

Several economists say food stamp rolls are likely to remain elevated for some time. Historically, there has been a lag before an improving unemployment rate l. -- Mike Krieger

I agree with you, DOT. This story is the most disconcerting one on ZH today, IMHO. Think about the statement above: it’s “Obama Welfare Care” propaganda, IMO, in order to keep the EBT cards going and to keep the chain food stores from closing due to lower profits due to cutbacks in spending by the middle class. These economists are part of the state and corporate propaganda machines - broadcasting the hokum that a low-paying job means taxpayers need to supply you with food stamps.

Inequality has become Obama's major target; it's his code word for socialism. Even his State of the Union message is to include a thrust to solve this alleged problem in America.

A University of Wisconsin economist, Timothy Smeeding, helps to pile on the propaganda which this Administration hopes will lead to even more wealth transfers from the producers: "A low-wage job supplemented with food stamps is becoming more common for the working poor."

Bringing this story out by the state media is propaganda; using it to say we have to support people who don't have the proper income. IOW, that we need to take money from the people who have income and shift it to those who do not make as much.

This is true Communism, reducing all people to the lowest common denominator -- and all the while keeping the borders open for millions of Mexico's poor.

akarc's picture

And if the slaves rose up and threw off the chains of the plantation owners would you call it communism?

Because we do have inequailty by virtue of the uneven playing field created by carpet baggers that rushed american jobs overseas, a justice department that does not understand justice and a political machine for sale to the highest bidder as opposed to being "representative".

The propaganda is meted out by both sides depending on whether you listen to 4 hours of FOX or Four hours of MSNBC to get your bias confirmed.

The door stays open to mexicos poor for one reason, they will work hard for little to nothing. That is a good thing for orange juice and veggie corporations. Run by the very people who delight in seeing American wages coming down to be almost competitive with that of illegal immigrants.

But then, though know one will embrace the truth, all will bitch if the price of their orange juice goes up.

Excuse me that was generalization, those who sit on the plantation porch will bitch not as they are fanned by servants while drinking their o.j. with vodka.

And "we the people" will continue to blame dem damned ol mexicans that have been coming here legally and illegally for how long....................   And we have never been able to stop it???? Give me a freaking break!

JR's picture

Perhaps you read a few news stories in November of 2012: it was an incredible display of ignorance and greed, re-electing the worst president in the history of America. And this election was heavily influenced by the recent increases in Mexican immigration. And the reason for the immigration, in addition to the desires of employers here to pay lower wages, is to break the back of the American European culture.

That is why the doors stay open to the Mexico.

When democracy is taken from its proper place by fanatical democrats, it produces envious hatred of all man’s differences and distinctions... because the fanatic insists upon making all men equal in all departments.

The Founders’ aim to treat all men as equals in opportunity came specifically because they knew that men are not equals in other areas. Fanatical democrats, however, took a grain from this truth to insist upon making all men equal in all departments, regardless of the type of activity and vocation.

Jose Ortegal y Gasset, in Morbid Democracy, points out that this is not the spirit of true democracy, but of plebeianism.

“The initial result is the wounding of the very sentiment which gave rise to democracy: for the concept of democracy springs from the desire to save the plebs from their low condition. But the doctrinaire democrat, who has converted a technique, democracy, into an end, soon finds himself sympathizing with the plebs precisely because of their plebeianism—their customs, manner, and intellectual tone.

An example of this is the socialist creed (for we are dealing here with a creed, a secular religion) which has for one article of faith the dogma that only a proletarian head is fit for true science and reformed morality.”

akarc's picture

"And the reason for the immigration, in addition to the desires of employers here to pay lower wages, is to break the back of the American European culture."

Yeah this why all them poor mexicans come here. They had a meeting many years ago. All got together and said, hey lets risk our lives crossing the border to go to work in lettuce fields in order to break the back of the American European culture.  I can hear them laughing in the groves now.


"The Founders’ aim to treat all men as equals in opportunity"

Thank you!

Spanky's picture

Not to quibble, but...

The Founders’ aim to treat all men as equals in opportunity came specifically because they knew that men are not equals in other areas. -- JR

The Founders' aim to treat all men as equal under the law came about specifically because they knew that men are not equals in other areas.

cynicalskeptic's picture

People get food stamps because the cost rent, healthcare, and gasoline is TOO DAMN HIGH!


or - from another perspective - because wages are TOO DAMN LOW.  Real incomes for the 99% have been declining since the 1970's (though productivity has increased - leading to increased corporate profits).  Companies have not shared the results of this increase in productivity with their employees - it has gone to upper management.  As productivity increases slowed, companies moved jobs offshore (now that 'free trade' agreeements allow it) to boost profits even higher.

StychoKiller's picture

Demand a raise, get fired and watch over a dozen other people fight over the job you used to have...

denverdolomte's picture

Any Denver folks on here I am 24/7 starting organic heirloom plants for indoor growing and outdoor growing this spring. I am more than sure most people on here are well prepared, but if not I am happy to share and teach people how to clone and graft plants to avoid needing to purchase plants in the future. No joke, my mission this year is to help people avoid this fucking system and self sustain in their homes. 


@LawsofPhysics - Couldn't agree more, idle hands allow us to focus on other things sometimes. 

Mad Mohel's picture

Self sustain? You know how to make iPhones and boner pills? If not, then most people will tell you, thanks, but no thanks.

Richard Chesler's picture

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