Way to go Newt!
Newt Gingrich received much criticism for calling President Obama the "Food Stamp President." Some even said openly that Gingrich's characterization was racist.
Even the President responded, saying:
"First of all, I don't put people on food stamps. People become eligible for food stamps. Second of all, the initial expansion of food stamp eligibility happened under my Republican predecessor, not under me."
Of course, Diane Sawyer failed to challenge Obama with the facts, so we will.
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Real Dollar annual increase of the Food Stamps program in first three years of presidential administration:
George W Bush (2000-2003): 39.7% increase
George W Bush (2004-2007): 22.5% increase
Barack Obama (2008-2011): 100% increase
How does Obama compare with presidents in their first three years of their terms dating back to 1980?
Ronald Reagan (1980-1983): 28.7% increase
Ronald Reagan (1984-1987): 0.20% increase
George H.W. Bush (1988-1991): 52.2% increase
Bill Clinton (1992-1995): 9.6% increase
Bill Clinton (1996-1999): 26.8% DECREASE
(Link to source data below)
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Interestingly, Bill Clinton is the only president since 1980 to actually control the growth of the Food Stamps program (thanks to the Gingrich-led Contract With America). But again, to challenge Obama's statement with the facts:
1. Obama is technically correct that the recent "increase" in the Food Stamps program began under George W. Bush. However, Bush's second term increase saw smaller gains in its first three years than his first term, Then came Obama.
2. The Food Stamps program has DOUBLED under Obama in just three years which is more than TWICE as fast as the pace of any other president during the first three years of their term.
Conclusion: Obama is the Food Stamps President.
Our Liberty News has posted an excellent piece with more details on Obama's claim to the "Food Stamps President" title along with an analysis of the rapid increase under Obama of citizens receiving government transfer payments (you'll want to be seated when you see the percentage). Go here for that report:
Finally, tomorrow Floridians will go on record in a winner-take-all primary that seems headed for the Romney column. But since Florida lost half its delegates because the state GOP chose such an early primary date, Florida will not be decisive. The debate will continue.