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New American Food-Stamp Plantation is a SNAP

RMan3 Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 5:47 PM
I learned a lot about "poor people" many years ago. Many of them want to stay poor... or keep doing things to stay locked in poverty. To earn money for college, I worked on a farm one summer for 10 weeks, baling hay. The farmer tried to hire poor people to help them get off of welfare and food stamps. (I was the only middle-class guy.) I worked with 9 different helpers in 10 weeks because they all kept quitting. No one lasted longer than two weeks. They'd whine and complain about the "stupid job," quit, and then go back to food stamps. At the end of the summer, I was the only worker left, and the farmer told me he would never again try to hire "the poor" because they're addicted to gov't freebies. (I've posted this story before.)

The House Agriculture Committee has reported out its version of a new farm bill that will cut $16.5 billion over 10 years from funding of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), once known as food stamps.

The cuts in the House bill exceed those in the Senate bill by $12 billion.

Sixteen-and-a-half billion dollars over a decade amount to a whopping 2 percent cut in SNAP program expenditures, which last year alone came to $78 billion. At a time when we are running trillion-dollar annual federal budget deficits, it's hard to see a 2 percent cut in any large spending program as...