The Republicans are at it again. It seems like every 10 or 15 years the right-wing in this country has to try to kick off as many people from the food stamp rolls as possible. They say that they have to do this because the programs are rife with fraud — filled with “takers” who are either too lazy or in some cases (not making this up) dead to work. The Gingrich Republicans were just as obsessed as these Boehner Elephants are these days with welfare recipients and that’s why the House put their farm bill through that gutted about $40 billion from the food stamp program.
This week on “All-In with Chris Hayes,” Wonkblog contributor Ezra Klein filled in for Hayes and had author and former U.S. Army Sgt. Kayla Williams on to discuss her experiences on food stamps. Williams’ family needed food stamps assistance when she was growing up. When Klein asked her if the food stamps she received were some lavish benefit that created a surplus food budget in the house Williams debunked that stale talking point in no time. Williams answered, “No, it was definitely not a lavish benefit, and it was something to be ashamed of and that stigma is something that’s really difficult. It seems as if the Republicans want that shame and stigma but is that something we want to do to children, to make them ashamed of their parents? That doesn’t seem like good family values to me.”
Watch the entire segment below: