One in Ten Americans Receive Food Stamps

reuters.com — A record 32.2 million people — one in every 10 Americans — received food stamps at the latest count, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month. Food stamps, the major U.S. anti-hunger program, help poor people buy groceries. The average benefit was $112.82 per person in January. The January figure marks the third time in five months that enrollment set a record. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February, the highest in 25 years. New claims for jobless benefits totaled 669,000 last week, the highest in 26 years. Food stamp enrollment rose in 46 of the 50 states during January as the national total rose by 580,000 people, or 1.3 percent, from December, when the previous record was set, said Agriculture Department figures.

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Executive Pay and the Obscene Culture of Wall Street

SARAH ANDERSON AND CHUCK COLLINS

alternet.org — Who is to blame for the bailout bonus scandal? What reforms Congress should implement? What is the alternative to Wall Street? What is the role of government in fixing the economy? Some expert talking points on an economy in crisis.

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