That was awful, but LUCKILY rich people have completely recovered from the Great Recession (and then some!), so Congress is now finally able to tackle the very pressing matter of cutting the food stamp budget against the wishes of the American people. This is Econ 101: in the event of a prolonged economic downturn, 1. fire as many government workers as possible, and then 2. make sure Poors cannot get enough to eat so they will be forced to start a bootstrap business and become makers instead of takers. We’ve already accomplished number 1, so now it’s time to get cracking on the poors:
Monday night, the Senate passed a five-year farm bill that contained $4.1 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. This ensures that the only debate now will be about how much to cut—and it’s likely to result in cuts much deeper than $4.1 billion.
To be fair, it’s a great time to cut the food stamp budget, seeing as only 48 million Americans qualify for them (give or take.) But on the other hand, this means that there are an awful lot of Poors, and we can’t have that, not in the Greatest Country on Earth! The solution, therefore, is to cut funding for the program and viola, there will be less people who qualify, and ergo de facto, fewer Poors!
[The Nation ]