Hypocrisy, thy name is the Tea Party. Those hate-mongering functional illiterates that spewed venom about “too much spending” ad nauseum for the last 3 years are noticeably silent now. Congress just passed a nearly trillion dollar farm bill. At 955 billion dollars over the next decade this kick in the teeth to the poor, and giveaway to corporations is BIG. Bigger than the stimulus package (831 billion), bigger than TARP (700 billion), bigger than the 2010 Obamacare estimate (940 billion).
Policy Mic reports:
Included in the bill was a seismic cut to food stamps (SNAP) on the magnitude of almost $21 billion over the next decade, in what amounts to an elimination of 2 million people from the program. The cuts in this bill are heartless at their core; yet, they also represent an incredible display of ineptitude by policy makers and members of Congress.
It’s difficult to know where to start. I suppose we could start with the fact that food stamps have a stimulating effect on the economy. Moody Analytics, in assessing the impact on GDP that food stamps have, estimates that for every dollar of food stamps spent, there is an increase of $1.73 in economic activity. In other words, the cuts to food stamps could actually undermine any potential economic recovery.
There is also the simple fact that food stamps keep a lot of people from going hungry. In fact, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report that not only do SNAP benefits keep a lot of people from going hungry, but they also help families purchase more nutritious foods, and they are actually projected to decrease as the economy begins to rebound. Close to half of the recipients of SNAP benefits also happen to be children. From a policy perspective, there are many reasons to avoid making cuts to the program.
Here’s another longer video from The Ed Show discussing the heartless evil TEApublicans’ decimation of the SNAP program in order to give welfare to billionaires and multinational corporations.