The fascinating question would be to what extent these two sets of numbers overlap. What percentage of the Obama vote came from people on public assistance?
As a number of blogs have already noted, these figures, like the Petraeus resignation, were held back until after the election. They are probably part of a large list of figures that weren’t ready to be released until after the election. And we’re going to be seeing more and more of those over the next few weeks.
While the report is ordinarily released at either the end of the month, or no later than the first or second day of the following month, the Obama administration waited until November 9, a full three days after the election to announce the number of Americans currently receiving food stamps.
After seeing the data, it is not surprising why the administration delayed the report…
By the end of August 2012 (the most recent data), there were 47.1 million Americans on food stamps, a new all-time record high.
Another 420,947 Americans were added to the food stamp rolls from the previous month of July, representing the largest monthly increase in a year.
That’s almost half-a-million people in one month. In a recovery? You betcha. If we recover anymore, we’ll all be on food stamps.
What’s fascinating though is that food stamp use is now approaching the scale where that base alone can win elections.