Special to SEGAZINE
Remember when Newt Gingrich cynically slapped the “food stamp president” label on Barack Obama?
Obama didn’t deserve it. When he made his racially-tinged crack, the ex-speaker hoped you’d forgotten that 8 million jobs were lost on President Bush’s watch, driving record numbers of unemployed Americans onto the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) rolls.
About 7.2 million of those lost American jobs have been recovered since President Obama’s first year in office. The recovery would be considerably stronger if the Republican-led House of Representatives passed the American Jobs Act.
That legislation, blocked for two years by the GOP leadership, would put 2 million unemployed Americans back to work, lower the deficit and be paid for in 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Closer to home, however, there is someone who has richly earned the “food stamp” title.