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GLARING OMISSION #15: Sec. Tom Vilsack Forgets To Mention His Jobs Plan – Food Stamps

- September 5, 2012

 THE GLARING OMISSION: Sec. Tom Vilsack Said That Food Stamps Are “Putting People To Work”

THE TRUTH: The Number Of Households On Food Stamps Have Hit Record Levels And The Economy Still Remains Weak

Sec. Tom Vilsack Said Food Stamps Are “The Most Direct Stimulus You Can Get In The Economy” And Are Putting People To Work.” WES MOORE: “Mr. Secretary, good morning. Many people don't know that actually food stamps fall under the Department of Agriculture. And a report was just released that nearly 1 in 7 Americans now are currently on food stamps. What strategies -- what's being done right now and being done going forward that is really addressing poverty and the poor within the country and bringing some alleviation to those kinds of numbers?” SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK: “Well, obviously, it's putting people to work, which is why we're going to propose some interesting things during the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going to have a press conference with myself and Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country which we think is exciting in terms of job growth. But I should point out that when you talk about the snap program or the food stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of snap benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, then someone has to stock it, shelve it, process it, package it, ship it.All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.” (MSNBC’s “ Morning Joe,” 8/16/11)

“The Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Hit A Record High In June…” “The number of Americans on food stamps hit a record high in June, and economists don't expect much improvement as long as unemployment remains high. Those receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program numbered 46.37 million, the government said in a report that hit just days ahead of the monthly nonfarm payrolls report, which the Labor Department releases Friday. The two numbers are inextricably linked as the economy battles its way back from the crippling recession that the National Bureau of Economic Research says ended in 2009.” (Jeff Cox, “Record 46 Million Americans Are On Food Stamps,” CNBC, 9/4/12)

  • Food Stamps: Since President Obama Took Office, The Number Of Americans Receiving Food Stamps Has Increased From 31.9 Million To 46.7 Million, A 46 Percent Increase. (Department Of Agriculture, 8/30/12)
  • The Record Comes “ As Democrats Prepare To Nominate President Barack Obama For A Second Term With The Economy As A Chief Issue In The Campaign.” “Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million people in June, the government said, as Democrats prepare to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign.” (Alan Bjerga, “Food-Stamp Use Climbs To Record, Reviving Campaign Issue,”Bloomberg, 9/4/12)

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