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Are Food Stamps Just a Modern Day Soup Kitchen?

westriversd Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:03 PM
When I was a kid in elementary school, small town USA, we would help the township trustee unload semi's loaded with cheese, butter and other basics that were then distributed to the needy by the trustee. This system worked and at the local level, the trustee knew who really needed help. I'm sure wards in big cities couldn't do this as they would use the food to buy votes at the next election.

Are Food Stamps Just a Modern Day Soup Kitchen? That's the argument being made by liberal economist and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman, the guy MoveOn.org wanted to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary.

“We have in some ways made things more civilized, but also more invisible,” Krugman said Friday during an interview with Bill Moyers on “Moyers & Company” on PBS.

“Somebody said that food stamps are the soup kitchens of the modern Depression, that there are a lot of people who would be standing in line to get that soup who...