Included in the Farm Bill was a 1% cut to the ballooning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). According to some House Democrats, what does this small cut mean? The government is stealing from the poor!
Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said just that in a statement:
Instead of working to end hunger, this Farm Bill takes food from the plates of 1.7 million Americans.
A 1% cut in an over-inflated program which hasn’t solved the problem amounts to stealing? Let’s look at this more closely.
The cut equals $800 million. But the entire program costs $70 billion, a number that has been growing exponentially over the past few years. The Congressional Budget Office has found that since Obama took office, the spending on food stamps has risen from $30 million to $72 million.
Furthermore, the program’s spending is projected to inflate over the next several years, and remain at all-time highs. We have been throwing money at this problem for decades, and it’s only gotten worse. Instead of continuing to blindly write a check every year, we need to find a solution that brings people out of poverty and into financial stability.
For now, a 1% cut does not equate to ‘stealing’ – it hopefully means that a trimmed down program will run more efficiently and actually do its job. Every program is facing cuts this year – 1% is extremely small, comparatively. And the taxpayers who have footed the government’s bill the entire time will have less money… (dare I say it) stolen… from their pockets.
Funny how they don’t think of it as stealing when they take it out of our paychecks without our consent.
Eighty million out of a $70 billion program isn’t much, but I’d guess our veterans would love to have that back in their pockets, since their cut was in the 3-5% range if memory serves.
The priorities of these people continue to amaze me.