Robert’s post gets me wondering, as we enter the seventh year of the Great Recession (NBER also doesn’t treat either 1873-1897 or 1929-1945 as a single period) that there’s probably a good reason for the “changing” attitude toward food stamps.
So let’s conduct an unscientific poll in comments: in the past ten years–say, January, 2004 onward–have you or anyone in your immediate family / circle of friends applied for or received food stamps? Answer yes or no. (If you’re not certain, answer no.)
I’ll start: Yes.