Most people would blame the surge in food stamp use on the crappy economy, or our liberal president, or some combination of the two. But the causes go much deeper, says libertarian Reason magazine's Nick Gillespie - and are utterly bipartisan.
"Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has increased 70 percent since 2007."
Sure, more people have signed up to the program because they're poorer due to the ropey economy. But more people are now able to sign up because the 2009 stimulus allowed more people to qualify, including households with incomes above 140% of the poverty line - currently $15,130 for a single parent and child, or $23,050 for a family of 4.
So it's all the fault of Obama's stimulus? Wrong. Gillespie points out that "spending on food stamps doubled under George W. Bush" - despite a relatively strong economy.