Obama Ag Secretary: More People On Food Stamps Means More Jobs

Joe Schoffstall | August 16, 2011
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Tom Vilsack, President Obama's Secretary of Agriculture, appeared on MSNBC and said that foodstamps are putting people to work and are acting as an 'economic stimulus'.

Vilsack said:

"Well, obviously, it's putting people to work. Which is why we're going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that's never happened in this country -- something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it's also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It's the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times."


(h/t Fox Nation )

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