Free-lunch economics フリーランチ（タダ飯）経済学
After five years of stimulus schemes ranging from federal bailouts and a trillion-dollar stimulus package to the Cash for Clunkers program, Americans have yet to enjoy the “Recovery Summer” that they were once promised. Now, President Obama is promoting food stamps as the next great form of economic stimulus.
The White House last week featured on its website a list of things Americans should “keep in mind” on Thanksgiving. Food stamps (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) were at the top of the list. “SNAP is boosting the economy right now,” the administration explained. “SNAP’s effect extends beyond the food on a family’s table – to the grocery stores, truck drivers, warehouses, processing plants and farmers that helped get it there.” While Mr. Obama has occupied the Oval Office, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone up 67.7 percent. Our economy ought to be going gangbusters by now.