Why is everyone's first reaction to laugh at others on here? Anyway, how the heck should I (or you) know? What I am interested in is the proportion of people in SNAP. The raw numbers going up just doesn't mean much to me. I hope that you understand why. EDIT: By the way, I am not trying to argue that we have a good economy...necessarily. You are rather likely to be correct, if that is your hypothesis. I am just pointing out that there are technically more options than the ones that you offered.