We now have more then 36 million people depending upon food stamps for basics to survive and I'm not talking about the numerous church food programs that keep thousands of families alive.
We continue to hear night after night on the evening news just how good things are getting and the recovery is working. Soon we all will be in the land of OZ and the yellow brick road will actually be gold.¬† If you believe this then we need to talk, and I do mean talk.¬† Real talk, not the hyped up stuff you hear… but the reality of how things really are.
Remember we talked about how a true indicator of the recession was not numbers from Wall Street but the unemployment numbers.¬† Wall Street had rallies even during the great depression, but unemployment was through the roof.¬† If you want to get a bird’s eye view of how things are in your state you need to look no further than the number of food stamps being issued.
Are those numbers up or down?¬† Down would be a good thing, I don’t think there is a state though that can boast that.¬† Food stamps are at an all time high right now and climbing by about 20,000 per day.¬† We now have more then 36 million people depending upon food stamps for basics to survive and I’m not talking about the numerous church food programs that keep thousands of families alive.
There are counties here in Florida that are up by more then 120%.¬† Hernando county has seen a 121% increase and Manatee county has increased by 123%.¬† Florida continues to lose more and more jobs daily with more and more people turning to unemployment and food stamps.¬† Foreclosures continue to rise and rapidly increasing numbers of short sales are seen.¬† The economy is on the brink of collapse here in Florida and for the first time in more then eighty years we are experiencing negative growth.¬† People are leaving the sunshine state with no plans to return. They have been badly burned by the American Dream.
Please don’t believe what you hear on the evening news, unless it is pure news reporting, which is a rare event, now that every anchor in front of a camera thinks he/she is more than just a news reader.¬† Our economy is “literally “skin over bones” right now and it will be a long time before we truly see a turn around as a nation and individual states.
So how do we look here in Florida?