Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:05 am|
|By: JP Sottile Wednesday February 26, 2014 6:15 pm|
What happens when a war ends and an army comes home?
It’s been a vexing problem for centuries.
After completing the long Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th Century, a newly-united Spain turned its attention and its Conquistadors toward the New World.
At the end of the Civil War, the Re-United States shifted its victorious army westward, quickly making the American Indian the Civil War’s biggest loser.
Now the United States faces the problem once again.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 am|
The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over.
|By: DSWright Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 am|
After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday December 25, 2013 6:01 pm|
Here’s a swig of actual news to wash down all those twee “human interest” pieces sticking in your throat.
|By: Scott McLarty Monday December 16, 2013 4:10 pm|
It’s hardly a surprise that the coalition of social-justice groups that held a press conference in Washington, DC, on December 10 had no influence on the latest lurch into austerity.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 10, 2013 8:58 am|
While Congress may be interested in blowing over $600 billion to subsidize defense contractors in fighting the non-existent Soviet Union, the food stamp program is facing the knife. Now you might note that the Pentagon can’t account for trillions (with a t) of dollars and the fraud rate for SNAP is 1%, but whatever. We need to save money and people on food stamps can’t make campaign contributions like defense contractors can.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 18, 2013 3:01 pm|
In a country that has so much, albeit so unequally distributed, we should not have to think in terms of paying for Batkid, or paying for other kids who are hungry. And if those hungry kids could contact Make-A-Wish, most of them would ask for something to eat, not for a trip to Disney or a day-long superhero fantasy.
We can afford to feed them all. We just don’t want to.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 5, 2013 12:20 pm|
While Congress obsesses over the imagined perils of rich bondholders – aka “the debt” – real Americans struggling to feed their families got another kick to the teeth this month. On November 1st the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them.