Spending on food stamps doubled between 2001 and 2006, even though unemployment was low in those years.<quoted text>Tell that to the 23 million people unemployed and the 47 million people Obama put on welfare. Obama is a community organizer no more no less!
Bush began a recruitment campaign.At the local level, county governments spread the word and work to overcome residual cultural resistance to taking government benefits. The federal government pays $50 million in bonuses to states for signing people up.
But with the 2002 farm bill, President Bush dramatically expanded eligibility, restoring benefits to nearly a million individuals at the beginning of 2003, and paving the way for the program to expand as it did during the rest of presidency. As a result, Bush managed to oversee unprecedented growth in the program even as the economy grew. Obama then followed up on this with an eligibility expansion of his own in the 2009 stimulus package.