The amount of money the federal government hands out in direct payments to individuals increased over the past fourty years, but soared under
Obama, increasing by almost $600 billion in his first three years, that's +32%.
In addition Obama's last budget called for these payments to climb another $500 billion by 2016, at that time they will count for 67% of the federal budget.
This year, more than 46 million will get food stamps. It's +45% in three years and twice as high as the average for the previous 40 years. This surge was driven because Obama boosted the benefit amount as part of his stimulus plan.