Washington’s Blog 
Friday, Dec 11th, 2009
Bloomberg notes  that, as of 2007:
In Missouri, about 100 percent who were eligible [for food stamps] that year took advantage of the program, the highest rate in the nation, followed by residents of Maine and Michigan, at 91 percent and 89 percent, respectively …
Things have gotten much worse since 2007:
As the New York Times notes , “one in eight Americans and one in four children” receive food stamps.
I hope they are wrong, or that – if we were in a depression – we’re out of it now.
But it is indisputable that the unemployment numbers are still grim. Specifically:
- More people  will be unemployed than during the Great Depression
- Some of the top economists say that America has suffered a permanent loss of jobs 
- By some measures, unemployment is worse  than it was during a comparable time-frame in the Great Depression
- Vice President Biden said  recently: “It’s a depression for millions of Americans”
Given the above, Stacy Herbert’s question  of today is compelling:
The food stamps story seems to be one that keeps popping up; I guess food stamps are the soup lines of this Great Depression?
Note: At least some economists say  that food stamps give more bang for the buck in stimulating the economy than just about anything else. And see this . But economic, political and moral questions surrounding food stamps are beyond the scope of this essay.