Rep. Allen West: Yes, the president is the food stamp president

posted at 2:05 pm on January 23, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Why Newt Gingrich naming Barack Obama “the food stamp president” ever generated controversy is more than a little perplexing — and how race was ever brought into the issue is even more perplexing. As Gingrich has repeatedly pointed out, the food stamp rolls have dramatically increased under Obama’s tenure as president.

Strictly speaking, the term “food stamp president” doesn’t include a value judgment. A person could apply the label to the president without automatically meaning it is a negative fact that food stamp enrollment has increased under Obama’s watch. Increased enrollment could actually be an argument that the food stamp program is effective, that it’s flexible and responsive enough to meet the increased needs of out-of-work new enrollees during a down economy. In fact, The Nation’s Lizzy Ratner makes that argument here. If that’s true, then why wouldn’t Obama and other liberals embrace the moniker “food stamp president” as a compliment of sorts?

It’s for the Obama administration to make the case that that is true – not to reject the label as somehow slanderous when it’s not. But, as Ratner herself says, the Obama administration has, for some reason, been “unwilling or unable” to champion the food stamp program as an effective antidote to recession. (Perhaps because it’s not?)

Because, no matter how hard they try, they can’t make an airtight case that the food stamp program is working properly or that the increase in food stamp usage is a positive, various liberals — including Ratner, Rep. James Clyburn and the Rev. Al Sharpton — resort to crying “racism!”

In what has become a repeat role for him, Rep. Allen West this morning set the record straight on what is and is not racism, calling out the cowardice of those who would spin the truth for the sake of advancing a race-based narrative:

“What is really appalling and disgusting and despicable is that you have people such as, unfortunately, my colleague, Mr. Clyburn, and the charlatan Al Sharpton who all of a sudden now want to create a schism and try to hide away from the fact that the unemployment rate in the African-American community is 15.8 percent,” the freshman congressman said in an interview Monday on The Washington Times-affiliated “America’s Morning News” radio program.

“This has nothing to do with race,” Mr. West said. “This is about them trying to spin it. But this president is failing all Americans.”

Mr. West, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq, also appeared Monday morning on “Fox and Friends” to defendMr. Gingrich.

“There is no ‘race code.’ It’s a fact. Since President Obama has been in the Oval Office, you’ve seen a 41 percent increase in food-stamp recipients in the United States of America. We have a president that is making more Americans victims than victors,” he said.

Right on, Mr. West.

(For more, here’s a long-ago response from me to the first stirrings of the illogical suggestion that food stamp reformers are somehow motivated by racism.)


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West!

Obama is also the poverty President.

El_Terrible on January 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Uh oh!
and first.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

4,3,2,1…Racist!

Flange on January 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Damn.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

What a racist thing to say.

West is gonna regret it when Juan gets wind of this!

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

West/anyone

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like (me) in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Fool

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

But…but… Dog whistle!

Spannerhead on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

and how race was ever brought into the issue is even more perplexing

silly rabbit, this is the lsm and lib talking heads you’re talking about….
EVERYTHING that is critical towards dear leader will be considered racial

cmsinaz on January 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Yeah. A Patriot.

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Obama is also the divider in chief and the Pimp for Clunkers.

His 2012 slogan is “Change is…”

So many opportunities, so little time.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

NO, it is Bush’s fault so many people are on food stamps, NOT bho pre clyburn!

http://nation.foxnews.com/rep-james-clyburn/2012/01/23/rep-clyburn-obamas-record-food-stamp-use-george-w-bushs-fault
L

letget on January 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” –Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Why Newt Gingrich naming Barack Obama “the food stamp president” ever generated controversy is more than a little perplexing — and how race was ever brought into the issue is even more perplexing.

No, it is not. Juan Williams sees everything through a racial prism…..like Chudi.

a capella on January 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

What a racist thing to say.

West is gonna regret it when Juan gets wind of this!

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Oay per view, anyone?

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

OMG!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The SOTU s/b a constitutional requirement to tell the congress/people the state of the union. Right “it is good”, big fat Obama lie.

Instead it will be “I promise all to all who’d vote for me”.

Obama is the Derelict in Chief.

Sue me!

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

You don’t say?

So what’s the “word” exactly?

Bishop on January 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

West is gonna regret it when Juan gets wind of this!

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I definitely detect racism in the way you typed “Juan”

CookeyD on January 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

“If that’s true, then why wouldn’t Obama and other liberals embrace the moniker “food stamp president” as a compliment of sorts?”

The same reason he disowned “Obamacare”— reality sucks, just like the facts.

hillsoftx on January 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

will still be labeled racist.

forever and always

Drunk Report on January 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM
You don’t say?

So what’s the “word” exactly?

Bishop on January 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Yes, please, dhare it with our viewers.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

1. Realist?
2. Truthteller?
3. Non-Victim?
4. Patriot?
5. Moral?
6. Unafraid?
7. Leader?
8. Commanding?
9. Brave?

Are any of the above words used by the black community to describe their only champion?

MooCow thinks…probably not. And how sad is that, really…

MooCowBang on January 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

If any of you find a link of the racial breakdown of those on food stamps, please provide. That w/b very interesting to see.

I’m so glad the topic on race is finally being discussed. Should have been all along, especially in 2008.

Needs to be had, but not as the liberals see it.

When the blacks and other minorities finally wake up to being exploited in the modern day plantations, by their liberal looters and handlers, they will pitchfork the culprits, as they should.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Barry needs to go old school on da fools and bring back government cheese.

NoDonkey on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I definitely detect racism in the way you typed “Juan”

CookeyD on January 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I saw boy.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…
liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Liberal Plantation Escapee.

Fletch54 on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Dont dems know that the majority of people on foodstamps are white?

red_herring on January 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Lincoln
Liberator
Helper

…as opposed to the looters that you and yours are, in order to subjugate the naive moochers.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Quick, quick, please, someone pass me the decoder ring to decode all the code words that Congressman West just used in his talk. I know that there are buried there somewhere. :-)

When liberals said “that’s a code word for..”, it actually means, “I don’t have a fact or a coherent argument to disprove it, so I am going to call them “racists!”

VictorJP on January 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Wait until the MSM gets a hold of him! The panels on talk shows!
All the trolls here will be jumping on this thread!
First to comment: lobotomy4life, libturdforlife…(fill in the ones, you won’t see)…funny how they pick and choose these threads.
I’m looking foreward to all the pundits….xsplannen this!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

And after you tell us this word, you can tell us the other terms bigoted leftists like you use to describe him.

You really don’t like it when people leave your plantation, do you Scarlett?

CurtZHP on January 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Dont dems know that the majority of people on foodstamps are white?

red_herring on January 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

That doesn’t count. Remember,…never let a good crisis go to waste.

a capella on January 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Soon to come Uncle Tom (Allen) West.

Annar on January 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

It’s just a word, come on, spill it.

Bishop on January 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I do not like West, I never did, even as he was running. Those of you arguing for the Newt/West 2012, it looks like he might be vying for it.

We could do far worse than West, but I still do not like him, but glad he is willing to take race out of that aspect of the campaign.

His Pigford vote really hurt my view of him.

astonerii on January 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community. . .
liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

That word is “oreo.” And, yes, you can buy them with food stamps.

Emperor Norton on January 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Bigots are always the last ones to see their one bigotry. And it is only the most ridiculous and bigoted people in this world who use the phrase you apparently want to use, but are afraid to.

NotCoach on January 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Wow! You are even dumber than I thought!
Where are the rest of your bigoted friends?
In your basement?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Allen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Quick! Someone fetch Buy Banish. Wst is hooking up with the Newt/ Sarah satanists.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

If you think Newt can yell at the moderaters at a non-GOP event, or dog whistle racist crap like food stamp president and not be blown off the stage and booed you’re mental. Which most of you dummies are.
 
tommyhawk on January 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

rogerb on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Mr West ooozes integrity. We somehow need to make sure he becomes Speaker.

I think Mr West loathes Obama even more than I do. On what Obama will say at the SOTU address…
“I think he’ll be like the adults on Charlie Brown…wha, wha, wha….”

http://www.therightscoop.com/allen-west-i-was-glad-to-see-newt-stand-up-to-the-liberal-elite-media/

tencole on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Cue Debbie Downer: “Congressman West is talking in some mysterious code developed for rightwingers”.

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I’m so glad the topic on race is finally being discussed. Should have been all along, especially in 2008.

Needs to be had, but not as the liberals see it.

When the blacks and other minorities finally wake up to being exploited in the modern day plantations, by their liberal looters and handlers, they will pitchfork the culprits, as they should.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Food stamp use by race

Very surprising…

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

“What is really appalling and disgusting and despicable is that you have people such as, unfortunately, my colleague, Mr. Clyburn, and the charlatan Al Sharpton who all of a sudden now want to create a schism

Absolutely Awesome!

Naturally Curly on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Allen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

That would be mind blowing cruelty.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Uh oh!
and first.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Damn.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Did you hog the cake last night, because you seem a bit slow today.

RickB on January 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Allen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I think I just got a little turned on…

Darksean on January 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Why Newt Gingrich naming Barack Obama “the food stamp president” ever generated controversy is more than a little perplexing — and how race was ever brought into the issue is even more perplexing.

Gingrich told a town hall meeting at a senior center in Plymouth, N.H., that if the NAACP invites him to its annual convention this year, he’d go there and talk about “why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

Like OMG it’s totally the race card! Look here’s a black guy who says so! I mean I could have totally found a white guy who says it’s not racist but I just randomly found this black guy! So like it totally makes it more, um, you know, like creditable!

tommyhawk on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Dont dems know that the majority of people on foodstamps are white?

red_herring on January 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Dems don’t count certain groups in their numbers. Inner-city recipients are in. Bitter clingers from the Midwest are not. Hispanics are in, caucasians are not.

It all comes down to the narrative that we will hear in the SOTU Obama campaign event tomorrow night. He NEEDS there to be such a thing as economic inequity, disproportionate joblessness among certain demographics, and everything else that contributes to the idea that those dependent on the Dems will be left bereft of benefits if the jug-eared idiot and his party lose power.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

If any of you find a link of the racial breakdown of those on food stamps, please provide. That w/b very interesting to see.

I’m so glad the topic on race is finally being discussed. Should have been all along, especially in 2008.

Needs to be had, but not as the liberals see it.

When the blacks and other minorities finally wake up to being exploited in the modern day plantations, by their liberal looters and handlers, they will pitchfork the culprits, as they should.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Last time I checked this (admitedly some time ago) a large majority of food stamp and welfare recipients were white. I bet that is still the case.

dogsoldier on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

llen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I don’t know if a Man of Honor such as Lt. Col. West would fight an unarmed man.

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Allen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

That prospect is a teaser of great proportion.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Cue Debbie Downer: “Congressman West is talking in some mysterious code developed for rightwingers”.

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Debbie Downer is my rep. Can I trade?

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Like OMG it’s totally the race card! Look here’s a black guy who says so! I mean I could have totally found a white guy who says it’s not racist but I just randomly found this black guy! So like it totally makes it more, um, you know, like creditable!

tommyhawk on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I thought Middle School was in session today.

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Last time I checked this (admitedly some time ago) a large majority of food stamp and welfare recipients were white. I bet that is still the case.

dogsoldier on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

It w/b great to throw it at them.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I’ll give the crackpot credit, he got kicked out of his last government job and got right up and got himself another one. No foodstamps for Allen!

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

What a racist!

Lol.

nicktjacob on January 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Thanks. If only Newt/Mitt would throw it at Sharpton and anyone who wants to make a ‘good’ case for Obama.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’ll give the crackpot credit, he got kicked out of his last government job and got right up and got himself another one. No foodstamps for Allen!

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Oh, look. Hey, Lib. Was that a bigoted remark?

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Did you hog the cake last night, because you seem a bit slow today.

RickB on January 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Yup. I think it was laced with something.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Debbie Downer is my rep. Can I trade?

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Sorry

What’s her chances for relection?

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Why even deign to give liberal4life a response?

Don’t you guys know how to use the interweb? Ignore the trolls!

Greatest line of the article:

“What is really appalling and disgusting and despicable is that you have people such as. . . and the charlatan Al Sharpton. . . .”

Called him a charlatan! Thank you, Mr. West.

cmsciulli on January 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

BTW- They don’t call it food stamps anymore. It is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). One of the Dems tricks is to rename politically embarrassing stuff so that they don’t get labels like the Food Stamp President.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

lobotomy4life – I really need to take you-and show you to people!
No one will believe me!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Newt/West 2012

(Prefer West/Anyone…)

The Rogue Tomato on January 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Food stamp use by race

Very surprising…

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Ah, very nice. You come through again. Thank you.

a capella on January 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Allen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I do hope that in just this one instance Colonel West’s code of honor would allow him to do battle with an unarmed opponent.

Lily on January 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Allen West debating Joe Biden.

Yeah, imagine that.

mudskipper on January 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

You mean to tell me you gotta spend money to reduce the debt? Yeah, I’m tellin’ ya.

The Rogue Tomato on January 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

If you’re thinking Uncle Tom then you must be another Simon Legree. After Tom’s death his former master frees all his slaves in honor of Tom. That must really upset you.

Flange on January 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Newt/Callista/West 2012!!!!

triple threat those mothf__ers!

GhoulAid on January 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Oh, look. Hey, Lib. Was that a bigoted remark?

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It kinda had that feel to it, didn’t it?

a capella on January 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Sorry

What’s her chances for relection?

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

High, but we are running a good one against her.

http://www.karenforcongress.com/

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Actually, GWB has him beat:

It’s true that the most recent figures from the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (provided to Factcheck.org/USA Today) show that a record number of people—some 46.2 million—are enrolled in the program. But the same data shows that more individuals were added to the program while George W. Bush was in office than have enrolled under Obama’s presidency: Under Bush, the program grew by 14.7 million individuals; under Obama so far, it’s grown by 14.2 million, and, as of October, was declining.

So Bush wins on volume, and Obama wins on velocity: In just a few years, President Obama managed to expand the program by nearly as much as Bush. But Obama didn’t do it without some help from his Republican predecessor, who approved policy changes that set the stage for the program’s current growth.

The Bush GOP expanded the Welfare State more than any admin. since LBJ, so what choice did O Duce have but to out-prog TEAM RED?

I don’t you about you guys, but I have far less of a problem with food stamps (especially since Bushbama’s Fed is destroying us all with its regressive and vicious inflation tax) than I do the on-going banksta bailouts and other forms of filthy corporatism, not to mention foreign welfare, that the two-headed one-party state engages in.

Go Team!

Rae on January 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

GhoulAid on January 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

oops, i meant motherf__ers. cuz that’s what the left is made of.

GhoulAid on January 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…
liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Liberal Plantation Escapee.

Fletch54 on January 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

That would be 3. :-)

When I lived in the People’s Republic of Southern CA, I knew 2 brothers. The first would describe himself as black. He works hard, has a nice family, a nice home and seldom, if ever, used any street slang. The other would call himself a n*****, he went around in slippers, with pin curlers in his hair using all the current MTV “ghettospeak.” When he had trouble finding and keeping a job it was the fault of “the man.”

He used the word that lib4life is hinting at whenever he talked about his brother . . . except when he was trying to borrow money from him.

Sven Pook on January 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

In what has become a repeat role for him, Rep. Allen West this morning set the record straight on what is and is not racism flattered the bigots in his party

useful idiot.

sesquipedalian on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I do hope that in just this one instance Colonel West’s code of honor would allow him to do battle with an unarmed opponent.

Lily on January 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Col. West’s own ‘code of honor’ got him kicked out of the military. I doubt it’s an issue.

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

There is a word used to describe folks like in the black community…

‘FOOD STAMPS’?! Dude, 1) food stamps are a ‘benefit’ provided to the poor, a benefit this President brags on because according to him the Government is the only one who can solve our problems, and Food Stamps are one fo the ways the Government does this. 2) There are a LOT of US Military members on Food Stamps….the only color coming into account there being Air Force BLUE, Army/USMC GREEN, and Navy WHITE.

easyt65 on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

What a racist thing to say.
West is gonna regret it when Juan gets wind of this!
Horace on January 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Oay per view, anyone?
katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

We need only to arrange a debate between these two, without Juan having any knowledge of Allen’s quote.
And we would still get major fireworks!

listens2glenn on January 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Food stamp charts. They date back to 2010 but you’ll be surprised to see how Obama’s bringin’ down the white people.
 
Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

 
The ratio is the problem:
 

Estimating the Risk of Food Stamp Use and Impoverishment During Childhood,” is published in the current issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Other study findings include:
 
90 percent of black children will be in a household that uses food stamps. This compares to 37 percent of white children.
 
• (black, no high school diploma, single parent households) 97 percent by age 10.

 
I’m sure it’s racist to point this out, though.

rogerb on January 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Col. West’s own ‘code of honor’ got him kicked out of the military. I doubt it’s an issue.

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Col. West’s actions saved American lives. He was honorably discharged.

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Cue Debbie Downer: “Congressman West is talking in some mysterious code developed for rightwingers”.

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Debbie Downer is my rep. Can I trade?

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Condolences, mine is Tom McClintock, who deserves to be known nationally http://mcclintock.house.gov/

Sven Pook on January 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Mr. West, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq, also appeared Monday morning on “Fox and Friends” to defendMr. Gingrich.

Pretty much all you we need to know about him. Whether “Food Stamp President” is racist or not is beside the point. It’s simply inaccurate, unless you put all the blame for the global financial crisis squarely on Obama… in which case you’re simply carrying water for the thieves on Wall St. who created it.

Constantine on January 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Last time I checked this (admitedly some time ago) a large majority of food stamp and welfare recipients were white. I bet that is still the case.

dogsoldier on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Our side needs to look at another set of numbers to counter the marxist narrative effectively.
The question that needs to be asked is this :

Within each race , what %age are on food-stamps ?

Those are the numbers we should be looking at.

burrata on January 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Why Newt Gingrich naming Barack Obama “the food stamp president” ever generated controversy is more than a little perplexing — and how race was ever brought into the issue is even more perplexing

It’s not perplexing at all. This is what liberals believe and I’m dead serious. They think that because in 1968 Nixon had a “southern strategy” that in the 1980s Ronald Reagan ran on “coded language” when he talked about states rights for Medicare spending that was really a wink and a nod towards segregation, thus winning southern states in the campaign. This idea was developed by the historian Dan Carter in the 1990s in his biography of George Wallace (He never has any proof of what he’s saying, nor does he acknowledge that Reagan won every state.)

He later turned that book into a textbook for studying 20th century politics:

http://www.amazon.com/George-Wallace-Newt-Gingrich-Counterrevolution/dp/0807123668/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327347742&sr=8-1

I’m in a graduate program in history at a pretty good school, I’d say about 85% of the program buys into this argument, mostly because they must believe it to be true in order for them to feel more comfortable about supporting the failings of liberalism. If Newt ends up being the nominee everything he says is going to be cast as “coded language” because it’s the only way to get the liberal base out.

cpaulus on January 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

BTW- They don’t call it food stamps anymore. It is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). One of the Dems tricks is to rename politically embarrassing stuff so that they don’t get labels like the Food Stamp President.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Where did they ever get the idea to do that? Oh, that’s right, Karl Marx.

Sven Pook on January 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Col. West’s actions saved American lives. He was honorably discharged.

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

He’s lucky that they let him quit. Shame that we have to pick up his pension.

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

He’s lucky that they let him quit. Shame that we have to pick up his pension.

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The shame is that we have to pick up Bwahney Fwank’s pension. By the way, how is his home business going?

kingsjester on January 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

He’s lucky that they let him quit. Shame that we have to pick up his pension.

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

He’s not lucky, he’s just good.

I’d gladly pay his damn bar bill ANYTIME.

Thank You, Mr. West for your service to our nation and our community by making it about succeeding through work, not succeeding through bureaucratic fiat.

BlaxPac on January 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

BTW- They don’t call it food stamps anymore. It is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). One of the Dems tricks is to rename politically embarrassing stuff so that they don’t get labels like the Food Stamp President.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

So does that mean that instead of “a good solid B+”, effeminate Present SippyCup gives himself “Two Snaps Up!” ??

SnarkySam on January 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

How long did you serve?

talkingpoints on January 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

useful idiot.

sesquipedalian on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Funny that you couldn’t point out a single thing he said that was incorrect.

Must be a pretty awful life to have to turn to the race card every time your side is shown to be failures.

Scrappy on January 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

He’s lucky that they let him quit. Shame that we have to pick up his pension.

KeninCT on January 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Fighting with him as a leader is truly glorious…Obama on the other hand…meh.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

sesquipedalian on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

useful idiot!

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

And race has nothing to do with it.

Tina Korbe on Jan 23, 2012 2:05 PM

The next time Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton talk about “race” on national television somebody needs to call them by quoting Acts 17:26 which says that God has “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” The Bible says all nations are of one blood, we are all the same, so their concept of “race” has no basis in Scripture.

apocalypse on January 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

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