Gingrich was criticized for calling Obama a food stamp president, but it’s a common sense observation that a country where almost a third of the population is literally relying on the government for food is hovering around the margins of being a failed state.
The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.
That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012. The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.
So we now have more people eating through the government than eating through working. Whatever one may think of the social safety net, those are troubling numbers that indicate the recovery is mythical.