Debra J. Saunders

Thus, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is right to assert that it is wrong to make working people pay for food stamps for able-bodied adults who don't really need them. Cantor supports a "safety net," he told Fox News, but it's not fair to ask working Americans to subsidize the rising tide of welfare "dependency."

The GOP calls for a return to work requirements, wrote the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute's Michael D. Tanner, because "work is the key to getting out of poverty."

Even with these "heartless" cuts, Tanner computed, annual SNAP spending would "be almost $73.5 billion, which is more than $5 billion more than outlays were in 2010." From that, I deduce that either President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress were heartless in 2010 or House Republicans are not heartless today.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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