Truth Hurts, but Obama Is Our “Food Stamp President”: NBC’s Ann Curry Ignores Record Number of Nation’s Food Stamp Recipients, Claims Gingrich Is “Playing Race Card” (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 20, 2012
Ronald Reagan was called “The Great Communicator” for a reason. It had nothing to do with race.
Bill Clinton was called “Slick Willy” for a reason. It had nothing to do with race.
Barack Obama is being called the “Food Stamp President” for a reason. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with — wait for it — FOOD STAMPS.
Not flattering, not the legacy any president would want, but saying Obama is the “food stamp president” is not “racist” nor “race-card playing” nor any other hyphenated “race” poppycock the liberal media tries to cook up to protect Barry O from any real scrutiny of his terrible record while in the Oval Office.
Has anyone at NBC ever asked real-life race baiters, like Rev. Al Sharpton or Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, or Rep. Maxine Waters or Rep. Charlie Rangel or even POTUS himself, if they were playing “the race card” on hot-button issues?
Rhetorical question. We know the answer to that.
From Media Research Center, NBC’s Curry Claims Gingrich ‘Playing the Race Card’ in South Carolina:
On Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry accused Newt Gingrich of playing up racial tensions to get votes in the South Carolina GOP primary: “…you’ve been increasingly stepping up your characterization of President Obama as a “food stamp president,” interestingly, in the lead-up now to South Carolina….Are you intentionally playing the race card to win votes?”
Gingrich dismissed the accusation and condemned those promoting it: “You know, modern liberals are just, I think frankly, totally off the deep end…. their only answer is to yell racism and hide.”
“Yell racism and hide”… high-five, Newt!
Curry quoted a New York Times editorial as evidence of Gingrich’s supposedly racially charged campaign tactic: “In South Carolina, where a Confederate flag still waves on the front lawn of the state capital, largely because of the efforts of the state GOP, it remains good primary politics to stir up racial animosity and then link it to President Obama.”
In response, Gingrich explained:
…when conservatives care about the poor, and conservatives offer ideas to help the poor, and conservatives suggest that the poor would rather have a paycheck than a food stamp, the very liberals who have failed them, at places like The New York Times, promptly scream racism, because they have no defense for the failure of liberal institutions which have trapped poor children in bad schools, trapped them in bad neighborhoods, trapped them in crime-ridden situations. Liberal solutions have failed.
Curry claimed that Gingrich had began criticizing Obama over food stamps in the lead-up to the South Carolina primary. Gingrich directed her to her own network for evidence to the contrary: “I was asked about it on Meet the Press in May of last year. I have consistently all year long… said Barack Obama is the best food stamp president… his policies have put more Americans on food stamps than any president in history.”
Back then, host David Gregory used the same line of attack as Curry: “First of all, you gave a speech in Georgia with language a lot of people think could be coded racially-tinged language, calling the president, the first black president, a food stamp president.”
In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.
It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.
Could this be why the number of food-stamp beneficiaries in Oregon has increased dramatically in the last few years? Since 2008 the state has seen a 60% boost in the number of food-stamp recipients, which means that more than 780,000 people (one out of five Oregonians) get groceries compliments of Uncle Sam.
From Wall Street Journal, Food Stamp Nation:
Newt Gingrich threw a rhetorical tomato at the White House in Monday’s South Carolina primary debate when he noted that “more people have been put on food stamps under Barack Obama than any other President in history.” White House spokesman Jay Carney dubbed the claim “crazy” Tuesday, by which we assume he meant the President himself didn’t literally enroll people in the program. Because any other way you cut the numbers, Mr. Gingrich is right.
President George W. Bush expanded food stamp eligibility with the egregious 2002 farm bill by adjusting deductions and income tests and encouraging states to find more participants. The Pelosi Congress then rebranded the program in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of June 2008 to emphasize nutrition rather than the stigma of receiving handouts. As a result and also thanks to the recession in 2008, food stamp participation rose by 10.9 million across the Bush Presidency.
But Mr. Obama is now outstripping that dubious achievement, and in only three years rather than eight. The 2009 stimulus bill increased maximum benefits and authorized more money for states to administer the program. Some 11.2 million more people have joined the rolls from 2009 through 2011, including 4.4 million last year during what was ostensibly an economic recovery.
Food stamps were intended to help the truly needy so children wouldn’t go without nourishment, but Washington is slowly turning it into one more entitlement for millions of Americans. Mr. Gingrich received loud applause on Monday less for his partisan criticism than because he zeroed in on the dangers of dependence on government, especially for the poor. He said he wanted to “help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.”
From January 12, 2012 at Western Free Press, Obama, the food stamp president:
Under President Obama, the number of Americans relying on federal food assistance has reached a record high.
According to the USDA’s most recent data, in October 2011 46.2 million people—or 15 percent of the U.S. population—received low-income food benefits. As the following graphic shows, the average number of Americans receiving food stamps annually under President Obama is 68 percent higher than under either Presidents Clinton or George W. Bush.
UPDATE: The Lonely Conservative reports that on being the “Food Stamp President,” Obama has taken the road most traveled… his defense is that it’s Bush’s fault. Eye-rolling time.