Chris Hayes on his MSNBC program addressed the potential $5 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) looming for this Friday.
He noted that 15% of Americans are poor and this will have a ghastly effect on those citizens already struggling.
Hayes posits that if so many citizens, 47 million, are hungry and in need while living in the richest nation in the world, then capitalism isn’t working.
The devastating impact of losing 5 billion dollars in the fight against hunger is not garnering much media attention, writ large.
Many GOP politicians are celebrating even proposing such draconian cuts as some type of victory. Remember, Congressional Representatives and Senators earn $174,000 annually not including a cornucopia of benefits.
Back to topic.
“Taking $5 billion out of the SNAP program”, New York Coalition Against Hunger executive director Joel Berg told Hayes, “would have the same effect as shutting down all of the country’s food charities for a year.”
The increase in cost of SNAP speaks to the growing number of people falling into poverty and needing the benefits,
Inre SNAP and capitalism. Such programs stimulate the economy. Recipients don’t hoard their benefits and choose not loan them out. Nor are SNAP allotments stashed in the Cayman Islands.
SNAP benefits go right into the cash registers of merchants.
That is the very bedrock of a capitalistic system.
Plus, folks get fed. Not well but at least children aren’t starving.