Stuart Varney who usually hosts a Fox “News” business show was featured on Fox & Friends recently to discuss America’s current economic state. Instead of focusing on the shrinking deficit or our slow, yet steady, recovery after the devastating Bush recession, Varney chose gripe about the number of kids enrolled in the social safety net programs which provide food to the poorest among us, going as far as to insinuate that the U.S.’s economic problems are primarily their fault.
According to Mr. Varney:
That’s an extraordinary situation. You’ve got nearly 47 million on food stamps. That’s one in six of the population. You’ve got 32 million getting school lunches, free or at virtually no cost. 10 Million get school breakfast free or at virtually no cost. Women, infants, and children, the WIC program, 8 million there. The milk and summer food program goes to 2 million people. Farmers’ market coupons are given away to nearly 2 million women and children.
But of course, as we say every single time we write an article on this subject, the amount we spend on food programs pales in comparison to our military budget and the enormous giveaways we provide huge, highly profitable mega-corporations in the form of tax-breaks and subsidies. Not only that, but many of the people receiving benefits are hard-working employees of companies, like Walmart, who despite enormous revenue, refuse to pay them a decent living wage so they are forced to rely on programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “food stamps”) and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) just to survive. These social safety net programs are the only thing keeping some Americans out of poverty and even with them, many households are sadly still food-insecure.
Whether they’re claiming no one starved during the Great Depression or quoting Bible passages out of context, it seem there’s nothing these wealth-worshiping, Ayn Rand-reading sociopaths won’t say or do to try to justify unfettered greed. Now they’re even attacking some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us: poor children.
Here’s the nauseating video, courtesy of Media Matters: