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Food Stamps Cut Just In Time For Thanksgiving

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The program is not full of "fraud and abuse." "SNAP error rates declined by 57% since FY2000, from 8.91% in FY2000 to a record low of 3.80% in FY2011. The accuracy rate of 96.2% (FY2011) is an all-time program high and is considerably higher than other major benefit programs." And, "SNAP already has strict time-limits for unemployed workers. Able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) may only receive 3 months of SNAP benefits during any 3 year period, unless they are working in a qualifying job training program."

According to the USDA, "Over 30 percent of SNAP households had earnings in 2011, and 41 percent of all SNAP participants lived in a household with earnings."

The program is cutting its own spending as the effects of the recession slowly wind down: Food Stamp Costs Are Decreasing Without The GOP's Cuts,

"[C]aseloads have been stabilizing since 2011 and remained flat this year. Now, the Congressional Budget Office projects that, barring any major fiscal disasters, the food stamp budget is on track to return to 1995 levels in about five years, falling about two to five percent a year as the economy recovers. All this even if Congress doesn't do anything to 'reform' a program that kept nearly five million people (2.2 million of them children) out of poverty last year and is responsible for broad economic and public health gains."

What The Public Wants

May, 2013 Hart Research Poll: "Seven in 10 voters say that cutting food stamp funding is the wrong way to reduce government spending."

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But a November, 2013 Huffington Post/YouGov poll found that Republican voters overwhelmingly approve of cutting Food Stamps, while the rest of us do not...

"By a margin of 67 percent to 25 percent, GOP voters registered their approval of cuts to the program that helps feed some 47 million Americans. Democrats, on the other hand, oppose the cuts by a similar margin, 67 percent to 28 percent. Independents are more evenly split, with 48 percent disapproving and 40 percent approving."

In a democracy with representative government it matters what the public wants. But in a plutocracy it doesn't matter what the public wants. In a plutocracy it only matters what the wealthy few and their giant corporations want.

The Low-Wage, Hunger Game

Corporations can't cut wages and say to working people, "There are plenty of hungry people just waiting to take your job, so shut up" if there aren't plenty of hungry people just waiting to take any old nasty, humiliating, low-wage job. So as long as the wealthy few and their giant corporations are able to buy our government we can expect more high unemployment and cuts to programs that help feed people.

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