So what's the topic of Gingrich's questionable quotes? Food stamps (known of late as "SNAP" - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). He's constantly used that subject in campaign addresses, sometimes even with racial overtones, and usually in attack on the president.
Gingrich's last use of the topic is definitely coming back to haunt him, though.
Two weeks ago, he said in a TV interview “(Obama's) failed economic policies have forced more Americans to apply for food stamps than any president in history.”
That comment inspired a congressman from Illinois to delve a little deeper, and Rep. Gutierrez himself was surprised by the findings.
That's right, people; not only is Gingrich dead wrong in his accusations of Obama being a "food stamp president," but it was his party's Oval Office predecessors that far surpassed the current rates of food stamps, too.
I'm glad Rep. Gutierrez dug up this info to set the record straight. (I'm also very glad he included his observation that "hunger is color-blind." In a twitter message last month, Newt said "I will tell black people to demand work instead of welfare.")
This whole Newt-ified topic sort of makes me wonder what our state accommodated food-stamp-wise under Bush. Currently, South Carolina ranks 10th highest of all states in the country in percentage of population reliant on SNAP (as of last November, 870,438 Palmetto State people were in the program - 18.8 percent of the total state population). And even though our unemployment rate is declining, the number of South Carolinians who are receiving this type of help is growing.
Of course, that could be because the only jobs Gov. Nikki Haley is getting here are those that don't pay a livable wage. Maybe if she (and other Republicans in the state) would lay off their Marxist Economics theories (not to mention their unfounded attacks on labor unions), it wouldn't be so bad.