NewsBusters has the latest report regarding food stamps usage in the United States. Of course, the number of Americans on the program continues to increase, but the big news is that the July report – the last one before the election – has been revised up by 150,000! Needless to say, the rest of the media is ignoring this story.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest report on food stamp program participation through September today. I received the email alerting me to the release at 5:17 p.m., so it seems reasonable to believe that USDA and the Barack Obama administration wanted the new data to get as little attention as possible (as will be seen later, it’s currently getting none). If so, they have two probable reasons for wishing to minimize its impact.
The first and more obvious of the two is that the food stamp rolls increased by over 607,000 in September to 47.71 million, yet another all-time record. That’s awful enough, but here’s the real kicker: the participation figure for July, the last month of data available before Election Day, was revised up by over 150,000, changing that month’s reported increase from 11,600 to just under 166,000. As will be seen after the jump, no other month’s data was revised except August, where the changes were infinitesimal.
The clumsy data-massagers at USDA missed over 154,319 participants in July but somehow managed to account for every household. This doesn’t even pass the stench test.