Now Is A Horrible Time To Cut Food Stamps

Maxwell Strachan, HuffPo:

Congress effectively pulled money out of the hands of 47 million struggling Americans last month when it allowed massive cuts to the country’s food stamp program to go through without a hitch.

This was a callous decision. If you’re struggling to remember why, look no further than this chart from a new report by the Brookings Institution-affiliated Hamilton Project:

Food insecurity graph

William Galston, Wall Street Journal:

The food-stamp program’s costs have soared since 2000, and especially since 2007. Here’s why.

First, there are many more poor people than there were at the end of the Clinton administration. Since 2000, the number of individuals in poverty has risen to 46.5 million from 31.6 million—to 15% of the total population from 11.3%. During the same period, the number of households with annual incomes under $25,000 rose to 30.2 million (24.7% of total households) from 21.9 million (21.2%).

Critics complain that beneficiaries and costs have continued to rise, even though the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. They’re right, but the number of poor people and low-income households has continued to rise as well.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 2.9 million more poor individuals today than in 2009, and three million more households with incomes under $25,000. The economic recovery, such as it is, has not yet reached low-income Americans.

UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly: Jesus is not ‘down with’ food stamps because most poor people are drug addicts

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 4, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    When I went to Smith’s Food King to buy groceries today, they had a heart-tugging picture of a young boy who was suffering from “food insecurity” and a plastic tag with a bar code you could scan to donate.

    My first thought was that maybe it could help, but then I remembered that congress voted to reduced food stamps and my blood began to boil.

    I, honestly don’t care if food stamp recipients are using drugs or not, with all of the evil places my tax money is wasted by congress every day, and that includes the new spy center.

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