On his Fox News show tonight Glenn Beck claimed that Obama supporters are on food stamps. The only problem is that it isn’t true. It was the policies of George W. Bush that led to the explosion in demand for food stamps.
Here is the video from Media Matters:
Glenn Beck said,
Don’t you see that everything is making us America is being dismantled? We’re individuals. We’re pioneers. We’re dreamers. We’re courageous, fair minded, and people of faith. When I started I put this list down yesterday, and I started looking at this list and I thought to myself really? Are we individuals anymore? Are we individuals?
Look what our system is doing. It’s all about collective salvation, the people or the workers. It’s them. It’s us against them, the rich versus poor, the blue collar versus the white collar. Politicians against the people or the people against the politicians. You can’t do it on your own is the rallying cry. It’s no longer yes, I can. It’s yes, we can meaning the government now. One out of every seven Americans are on food stamps. That is where you arrive after saying yes, we can.
The problem with Beck’s statement is that it is not true. Obama’s policies did not put more people on food stamps. The Bush economic policies first led to a surge in food stamp applicants in the summer of 2008. The Washington Post reported on November 26, 2008, “Fueled by rising unemployment and food prices, the number of Americans on food stamps is poised to exceed 30 million for the first time this month, surpassing the historic high set in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.”
Food stamp demand first surged under the tax cuts and every man for himself policies of George W. Bush, not Barack Obama. This little fact blows a shotgun size hole in Beck’s claim that Obama’s policies are destroying individualism and sending Americans into poverty.
Even though people who make under $50,000 tend to vote Democratic in presidential elections, Democrats do not cause increased poverty. An analysis of presidential election exit polls from the last three contests reveal that Americans who earn under $50,000 supported Gore over Bush, (52%-44%), Kerry over Bush, (55%-44%), and Obama over McCain, (60%-38%). With the exception of 2008, Democrats had a small advantage over Republicans in the two previous elections. This means that many of the people who now require food assistance likely voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
Glenn Beck carried out another devoid of facts attack on Obama and his supporters to both delegitimize the President, and push his pro-business pro-corporate agenda.
The big lie is that Barack Obama put you on food stamps. The truth is that the very policies Glenn Beck is championing under the vague disguise on individualism not only put people on food stamps, but are now in the process of trying to take those same food stamps away.
Country First, indeed.
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