Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Presidential Election 2012 - #4304 - VIDEO: Gov. Mitt Romney Makes Middle - Class Pitch, One of the Best Moments in the Debate - Hot Air (2) CHART: Record High Enrollment for Food Stamps 46,681,833 Million - Weekly Standard

Gov. Mitt Romney Makes Middle-Class Pitch - Hot Air - Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had some good moments in last night’s debate, but this was Romney’s best of the 90-minute event. Until Romney took up this argument, the issue of the middle class hadn’t been broached, which gave Romney an opening to define the parameters of that debate — and he went right to the data to do it. Without explicitly mentioning Joe Biden, Romney twice agreed with the VP that the middle class had been “buried” over the last four years: “I think you know better. I think you know that these last four years haven’t been so good as the President just described and that you don’t feel like you’re confident that the next four years are going to be much better either. “I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years. “He said that by now we’d have unemployment at 5.4 percent. The difference between where it is and 5.4 percent is 9 million Americans without work. “I wasn’t the one that said 5.4 percent. This was the President’s plan. Didn’t get there.  Read more......

Record High Enrollment for Food Stamps 46,681,833 Million - Weekly Standard - Food stamps enrollment has hit a new record high. 46,681,833 million are now enrolled in the social welfare program, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the federal department that runs the program. Here's a chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee, outlining the program's enormous growth:As the chart shows, when President Obama took office, enrollment in the food stamps program was 31.98 million. Now, not even four years later, it's a whopping 46.48 million. (In 2002, as the chart states, "19.1 million Americans received food stamps.") In fact, the newly released data represents enrollment in July (the last month for which data is available). Assuming the program remained on its projected path, the number of those enrolled in food stamps is likely now larger by several hundreds of thousands. Read more, see chart........

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