Republicans Want to Axe Food Stamps to Preserve Exorbitant Military Budget
For the Republicans' constant trumpeting of saving the economy in public, they have proven time and again that's exactly the opposite of what they want to do. The latest: the GOP would like to save the disproportionate defense spending by... cutting food stamps. No, America, they do not care about your well being, or whether all of us can afford to eat. The Huffington Post:
In a memo sent to members Wednesday instructing them how to write their reconciliation bill, Republicans picked a number of targets, including extracting $80 billion from federal workers and $44 billion from health care. In all, it identifies $78 billion to cut in 2013, and details around $300 billion over 10 years.
But the memo spends the most time targeting the exploding cost of food stamps, on which more Americans rely than ever, at greater expense to the government than ever before.
Each month during fiscal 2011, an average of 45 million mostly poor Americans received benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, at a cost of $78 billion to the federal government. Last year's SNAP participation represented a 70 percent increase from 2007, and the highest enrollment the program has ever seen. In that time, the cost of the program more than doubled.
Of course, the food stamp budget is "exploding" (in HuffPo's weird term) because the Republicans have failed to support a single plan that might help average Americans get back on their feet. But they're not trying to hear that—especially when it comes to their precious, monstrous defense budget. Read the full piece here.