by Julie Tisdale
City & County Policy Analyst
I don’t know how you define “economic recovery.” And I don’t know what you would describe as “strong,” an adjective I’m sure the president will use tonight to describe the state of the union. But I can’t imagine that a nearly 50% increase in the numbers of Americans on food stamps since Obama entered office can possibly indicate either. The latest figures show that more than 47 million Americans now receive food stamps, up from around 32 million when Obama took office. That’s 15 million more people dependent on the government for even their most basic food needs, and 15 million more people that the rest of us, as taxpayers, are having to feed.