War on Food Stamps
(KPLR) – In Monday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at the food stamp program.
The food stamp program was cut by five billion dollars. And even bigger cuts could be coming. These first cuts are because the stimulus money that helped expand food stamps following the crash of 2008 have expired. Future cuts could be coming because conservative republicans in congress have decided that many people on food stamps are freeloaders, part of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent who are takers, not makers. So let’s look at the numbers behind this latest bit of class warfare against our fellow Americans.
47 million Americans currently receive food stamps. That’s one American in seven. Enrollment in food stamps has doubled since 2004. The cost of the program has tripled. So conservatives are saying that many of those 47 million people are scam artists, crooks or leeches, and don’t deserve the help. But what does the help amount to? The average individual getting food stamps gets 133 dollars a month worth of food assistance. What’s that amount to? For breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 30 days, 90 meals, 133 bucks means you get one dollar-and-47 cents for each meal.
I’d like to see one of the self-righteous who claim food stamp recipients are ripping them off to try and feed themselves for less than a buck-and-a-half per meal, every day, day in and day out. Oh boy beans and rice again. Yummy. Spam and potatoes. Delicious. White bread and lunch meat. But the cuts taking effect tonight cut the average person’s benefit by ten bucks a month. That’s six or seven so-called meals at the current rates. Oh, and did I mention that of the 47 million on food stamps, 21 million are children, and another 9 million or elderly or disabled?
But never mind that. These cuts are all part of the modern mantra that says if people are poor, it’s their own fault. Which is sort of like saying people who get sick deserve it. These people are not faceless abstractions. These are our fellow Americans, almost half of them kids. Bug a lot of people seem to think that a buck-and-a-half per meal is ‘way too much for them to live on.
I’m Charles Jaco, and that’s Jacology.
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