WARNING: Bogus factoids ahead.
This image from the Occupy Wall Street FB page claims that “43% of veterans are receiving food stamps”.
Whatever the intent of the message designer, this is just not true, nor anywhere close to being true.
As of May 2012:
>> Unemployment among veterans of all generations is just 7.8% — BETTER than the general population.
>> Unemployment among young veterans (<26 years old) is now 9.5% although it had hit a high of almost 30% not so long ago. Yet even at its worst the impact on veterans was not even half of what this bogus chart depicts.
Tracking veterans and their issues:
>> The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks veterans and issues monthly reports such as this: http://tinyurl.com/yb9ht2e
>> The Veterans Administration tracks a wide range of veteran homelessness, health and employment issues: http://tinyurl.com/7bdqxqe
>> Department of Labor tracks veterans issues too: http://www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard.html
Note/FYI: I added Bogus Claims to the image.
Newt Gingrich recently called President Obama ‘the food stamp president‘.
Yes, food stamp usage has gone up under President Obama. It has gone up by about 3,000,000 … the approximate number of people that lost jobs during the Great Recession during President Obama’s portion of the Great Recession.
Umm, ah … however, the record for the greatest growth in food stamps belongs to President George W. Bush.
There were 31.6 million Americans living in poverty in 2000. There were 37 million by 2005, an increase of 5.4 million. That number dipped slightly with the ever so mild economic growth of 2006 and then it hit the skids again in 2007, surging from 36.5 to 37.3 million within 12 months.
What? Doesn’t Gingrich know that we live in a world where you can easily check the numbers?
If you really look at the numbers closely, food stamp usage decreased every year between 1993-2000 and then began almost a constant upward ascent between 2000-2010 — the only jagged edges in these numbers were with the people on the wrong end of the economic magic wand.