Food stamp surge report delayed until after the election
In the week before the election, there was a great deal of concern that the Bureau of Labor Statistics would delay release of the final unemployment numbers due to Hurricane Sandy. This was especially considered to be possible if the numbers were unfavorable to President Obama.
While this delay never took place, ZeroHedge.com reported on another report that was delayed by over a week: the food stamp report. From the article, no emphasis added:
The number of course is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month. This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August foodstamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. One can see why a reported surge in foodstamps ahead of the elections is something the USDA, and the administration may not have been too keen on disclosing.
Zero Hedge has a number of important charts and other points, and so I recommend reading the article in full, but the above summarizes the major focus of the article. Namely, the Administration almost certainly waited on releasing bad news about the growth of food stamp recipients until after the election. So much for transparency.