Friday, September 27, 2013

Modest Food Stamp Cuts Are Long Overdue

by Hans Bader on September 26, 2013
The House of Representatives recently voted to cut the “food stamp program by $39 billion over the next 10 years, while reforming the program to tighten eligibility and emphasize the importance of work.” As the Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner notes, the ”outcry among congressional” liberals and administration officials in response to the vote ”is just plain silly given how modest” the cuts are. As he observes, these cuts “simply trim around the edges of the program,” which has mushroomed from $18 billion to $82 billion since 2000. As he points out, far from imposing draconian cuts, the House vote leaves spending at historically high levels, and merely curbs recent abuses and egregious loopholes that have caused costs to explode over the last few years:….To Read More…..

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