The jobs gap is the difference between the 2 percent curve and the actual employment data curve. On the same graph as the jobs gap curve, plot the change in SNAP recipients from 2001-2013. In 2001 there were 17 million people on SNAP, so subtract this number from the SNAP data and plot this delta from 2001-2013. What one finds is that the change in SNAP from 2001-2013 is almost identical to the jobs gap.
We see that for each job the U.S. economy failed to create from 2001-2013, there is almost exactly 1 SNAP recipient added.
There are two consequences of this observation. One, we see the reason so many Americans are on SNAP is not rotten food stamp people, not Barack Obama, but WTO. WTO and Republican job exports are responsible for the destruction or export of about 30 million jobs since 2001and are therefore responsible for every single additional American needing food stamps.
Second, any reasonable mathematical model of an employment system such as ours is going to show that if you cut the rate of job production by a factor of 10, then the mean waiting time to find a new job goes up by about 10. Prior to 2001, the typical time to find a new job was about 2-3 months. In the current economy, this time is now 20-30 months. Therefore, it is both morally and mathematically justified to significantly extend unemployment benefits for those actively seeking work to as much as 30 months.
What do the Republicans understand of this new reality? Their latest bold new policy initiatives for the 21st century are cutting the food stamp budget and stopping unemployment benefits.