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Friday, November 01, 2013

'Slashing the Food Stamps Program'

From the NY Times editorial page:

Slashing the Food Stamps Program, by Dorothy Samuels: Even as negotiations proceed in Congress over a new farm bill likely to contain a large cut in food stamps, needy Americans who rely on the program are confronting an immediate drop in benefits.
As of today, the boost to the federal food stamps program included in the 2009 Economic Recovery Act expires, abruptly slashing benefit levels that were already inadequate for millions of poor children and their families, as well as impoverished disabled and elderly people, who will now find it significantly harder to afford adequate food.
The callous Republican obsession with eviscerating the program is only partly to blame. Today’s cut is the product of a shabby deal Democrats made in December 2010, which accelerated the sunset of the benefit increase contained in the economic stimulus plan.  Essentially, Congressional Democrats, cajoled by the Obama White House, gambled that they could restore the lost money before the cut became effective — a convenient but unrealistic bet given that Republicans were about to take control of the House. Anti-hunger advocates expressed concern at the time about the bargain and its potential to seriously hurt food-stamp recipients not too far down the road — a worry, unfortunately, that has now become reality. ...

Duncan Black puts it this way:

Happy Food Stamp Cuts Day: We should all congratulate ourselves on our success in kicking the poors. Go team!

    Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 09:28 AM in Economics, Social Insurance | Permalink  Comments (77)


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