Re: a recent letter (TNT, 1-19) endorsing Newt Gingrich’s fantastically stereotypical imagery of Barack Obama as the “food stamp president.”
Of the 46 million people who participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps), 49 percent are children. Also, most are white.
According to 2010 Department of Agriculture data, most people on food stamps are white children.
Also, Obama was accused of authoring a “failed presidency” by composing “failed policies” that Gingrich and the letter writer suppose are painting our currently unacceptable jobs picture. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. hemorrhaged 1.9 million jobs during the last four months of 2008.
This was the state of the union inherited by Obama when he took office on Jan. 20, 2009.
Now, the BLS report of January 2012 shows 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth under this supposedly “failed presidency.“ Still, there is much work to be done.
Twisting reality and name-calling? They are distractions that offer no attempt at progress, demand no hope for our future and lack any regard for realizing a more perfect union.
The severity of this moment requires more of us and demands more of our leaders.