Obama Hammers U.S. Economy and People
January 23, 2014 • 12:01PM

If this is "recovery", deliver us from Obama!

The combined impact of Obama's multiple dirty deals to build in food stamp cuts by 2013, his "overlooking" unemployment insurance extensions in the recent budget deal, and his murderous Obamacare program, are hammering the U.S. economy and its population.

  • A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to USDA data. The USDA's table shows that there were 23,052,388 households on food stamps in the average month of fiscal 2013, an increase of 722,675 from fiscal year 2012. In fiscal year 2009 the number of households on food stamps was 15,232,115. Five years later, in 2013, that amount had increased by more than 51%, and the increase in individuals needing food stamps was the same.

    There was a $5 billion cut to the food stamp program in November 2013, due to Obama having repeatedly recommended spending that money on other priorities of his, as this Briefing has described in detail. Today's New York Times reported, "Food banks across the country are ... increasing efforts to prepare for the increased demand even as donations decline. Moreover, they say, they do not have enough staff to meet all the requests." Since 2006, the number of Americans receiving food aid from pantries and similar services has also soared, by almost 50 percent, according to Feeding America. In Congress, a "compromise" is being worked out which would cut about $9 billion from food stamps over ten years. Advocates for the poor say it will affect about 850,000 households, who will lose an average of $90/month in benefits.

    In NYC, the number of people seeking food aid grew by 85% after the cuts last year, and 23% of food pantries and soup kitchens reported having to reduce the number of meals they provide, according to a survey by the Food Bank for New York City. About 190,000 people in NY City are expected to see a reduction in their benefits if the proposed cuts in the farm bill go through. In Oregon, about 80,000 people will see their monthly benefits reduced, while the Oregon Food Bank has seen a 20% increase in demand since the November cuts.

  • The NYT today takes North Carolina as a case study of the disappearance of Federal extended unemployment benefits, which by now has cut off 2 million Americans. The state had slashed both the number of weeks for benefits, from 73 weeks to 20, and also cut the maximum benefit, already last July. With the failure of Congress to renew the extended-benefits program, the maximum number of weeks has now dropped to 26 in most states.

    "With that move," says the NYT, "the country's safety net for jobless workers has undergone a sudden transformation, from one aimed at providing modest but sustained protection to workers weathering a tough labor market to one intended to give relatively short-term aid before spurring workers to accept a job, any job."

    In NC, the state's official unemployment rate plunged from 8.8% to 7.4%. But for every worker who found a minimum- or low-wage job, according to BLS statistics, more than two dropped out of the labor force altogether — more than 50,000 persons from June through November.

  • Because of Obamacare, the Target retail chain is eliminating health coverage for its part-time workforce, a harbinger for other large consumer companies. Instead, Target is offering a one-time $500 payment, and is telling those employees to get their insurance by enrolling in Obamacare exchanges. A healthcare consultant is quoted by Pioneer Press, that the government also has cause to be displeased, saying: "They're hoping the employers don't drop their coverage, because it would make the cost of the federal program go up, more than what they budgeted for it,"