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May 8, 2011

The latest food assistance program participation statistics in the United States have been disseminated, and… wow. Just, wow. Over 44,000,000 Americans rely on food aid. To put that number in perspective, let’s create the Krugmanian Republic of Bernankistan and populate it exclusively with American recipients off food program aid. Here’s its place on the population by country chart:

Moving on up!

30th most populous country in the world… That puts it ahead of such notable states as, in no particular order: Canada, Australia, Argentina, Iraq, and Poland. By itself, California has more food stamp recipients than the entire populations of each of these countries individual and many others: Panama, Uruguay, Mongolia, Kuwait, and Jamaica. That’s something to be proud of, America… I mean Bernankistan.

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