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They Said It! Obama Ag Sec Says More Food Stamps Means More Jobs

- August 16, 2011

Obama Agriculture Secretary Says More People On Food Stamps Means More Jobs  

 

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. The reason why these numbers have gone up is we've done a pretty good job of working with states that have done a poor job in the past about the getting word out about this program. States like California and Texas and Florida underperformed and we're now working with them to make sure that people who are eligible get the benefits and therefore help stimulate their local economy.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/16/11)

OBAMANOMICS: MORE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS = MORE JOBS

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Says That Unemployment Benefits Create Jobs 

QUESTION: “I understand why extending unemployment insurance provides relief to people who need it, but how does it create jobs?”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Oh, it is by -- I would expect a reporter from the Wall Street Journal would know this as part of the entrance exam just to get on the paper -- (laughter.)  But the -- no, seriously.  It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money into the economy because people who are unemployed and obviously aren’t earning a paycheck are going to spend the money that they get.  They're not going to save it; they're going to spend it.  And unemployment insurance, that money goes directly back into the economy dollar for dollar virtually.  So it is -- and when it goes back in the economy, it means that everywhere that those people -- everyplace that that money is spent has added business.  And that creates growth and income for businesses that then lead them to making decisions about job -- more hiring. So there are few other ways that can more directly put money into the economy than providing unemployment insurance.” (White House Press Briefing, 8/10/11)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Insists Unemployment Benefits Create Jobs 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Said Unemployment Benefits “Creates Jobs To Help Reduce The Deficit.”  “‘Unemployment insurance, the economists tell us, return $2 for every $1 that is put out there for unemployment insurance,’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor. ‘It injects demand into the economy, it creates jobs to help reduce the deficit,’ Pelosi said.” (“Nancy Pelosi: Unemployment Benefits ‘Creates Jobs’,” Real Clear Politics, 12/2/10)

  • Pelosi Claimed Unemployment Checks Creates Jobs Faster Than “Almost Any Other Initiative You Can Name.” “‘It injects demand into the economy,’ Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of unemployment checks. ‘It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.’" (“Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Serve As A “Job Creator,” Real Clear Politics, 7/1/10)

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