Video: Obama Appointee Says Food Stamps Create Jobs

by Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Roughly one-third more Americans depend on food stamps now than when Barack Obama took office. One of his appointees would like Americans to consider this a sign of economic health. Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told MSNBC’s Morning Joe the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) does not just help those who cannot afford to eat. “It’s also an economic stimulus,” he insisted. “It’s the most direct stimulus you can get into the economy during tough times.”

Explaining the steep climb in enrollment in this poverty program, Vilsack stated:

The reason why these numbers have gone up is that we’ve done a pretty good job of working with states that had done a poor job in the past in getting the word out about this program. State like California and Texas and Florida underperformed. We’re now working with them to make sure people who are eligible get the benefits and therefore help stimulate their local economy.

Vilsack claimed skyrocketing rolls were deliberate and not reflective of Barack Obama’s poor economic policies.

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Intentionally adding more Americans to the welfare rolls echoes the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Or perhaps it is another example of the administration’s misguided and muddled thinking. President Obama has stated higher unemployment rates prove his stimulus worked.

After all, last July Nancy Pelosi said unemployment insurance is a “job creator” and “one of the biggest stimulues to our economy.”

Thanks to her leadership, dozens of her former colleagues were unemployed in November 2010. Next year, voters can see that Vilsack and the Obamas do their part for the economy, too. As Obama would say, “We all need to share in the sacrifice.”

About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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7 Responses to Video: Obama Appointee Says Food Stamps Create Jobs

  1. Henry Stumpf says:

    Get rid of this czar ad Nepolitano, Holder and the jerk in our White house! Maybe, just maybe xwe can SAVE our Country?

  2. bob says:

    Food stamps create jobs? REALLY?? I’m unemployed, near homeless thanks to the bank, the wife left, social services says I make too much on unemployment to get food stamps or ANY kind of help. Two kids I have to pay child support, which is taken right out of my check. I “take home” $524 for two weeks on unemployment, and that’s too much to get food stamps. But, if I stop filing for my UI, sell my truck so I can’t look for work, get a nice tan and borrow a few kids and well tanned, dark haired ‘wife’, then I could get free housing, my utilities paid, food stamps, AND cash and insurance. And I could sit at home and be “employed”. Where does that leave me? SCREWED.

  3. Richard Martin says:

    According to Ag. Secretary Vilsack’s theory, if the entire population was on food stamps, there would be no unemployment and everyone would be wealthy! How stupid!!

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