…sales of Mt. Dew, Doritos and Skittles plummet.
Okay, they haven’t cut the Food Stamp budget but they are considering it.
ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: Congress is under pressure to cut the rapidly rising costs of the federal government’s food stamps program at a time when a record number of Americans are relying on it.
The House Appropriations Committee today will review the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture that includes $71 billion for the agency’s “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.” That’s $2 billion less than what President Obama requested but a 9 percent increase from 2011, which, critics say, is too large given the sizeable budget deficit.
A record number of Americans — about 14 percent — now rely on the federal government’s food stamps program and its rapid expansion in recent years has become a politically explosive topic.
“Relying on it” my ass. Both my adult children work in grocery retail and they constantly regale me with stories of the abuse of food stamps and recipients’ access to cash for beer, tobacco, Lotto tickets and prepared foods. I have no doubt there are some desperate people for which Food Stamps are important, but there is no program in the American welfare state that is more rife with abuse than the Food Stamp boondoggle. They could cut the hell out of it and nobody would go hungry.