For good of economy, keep food stamps fully funded
The Kansas City Star
If Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts were working for the good of the U.S. economy, he would never cut $36 billion over the next 10 years from the food stamp program as he is proposing.
He only has to visit any grocery store in the state — particularly Kansas City, Kan. — to understand. Many of the people making purchases and waiting in line pay for the items with their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The Kansas City Star reports that 939,000 people in Missouri receive food stamps, or one in every seven persons in the state. In Kansas, 315,000 people, or one in nine, get food stamps. In the U.S. 45 million Americans in an average month in 2011 were on food stamps. That amounts to $78 billion in food assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Farmers should be jumping for joy that people who otherwise might not eat have food stamps, enabling them to feed their families. When poor families are fed, farmers hear the cha-ching at their banks.
Roberts ought to know that trickle up theory works a lot better than the trickle down one that Republicans try to embrace.