Recently rules for receiving food stamps took a step backward. It used to be, before Obamanomics, that there was a work requirement. Under Obama, the work requirement was, shall we say, “softened” (i.e., he did away with it). However, his rule change expired last week and now up to a million Americans will lose access to food stamps over the course of the year.
Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, most adults without children can receive food stamps for only three months unless they are working or attending a job training program at least 20 hours a week. Boo, hoo! Those evil “rugged individualists” actually are so cold-hearted as to expect recipients of tax-payer-paid assistance to try to learn enough personal skills that they can get a job and no longer require government charity. (And, by the by, check out the states that are implementing the changes – many are among the most “liberal” in the nation!)
The hue and cry from the “altruists” is ear-piercing. The SNAP recipients will starve or, at the very least, end up malnourished. Malnutrition is a broad term which refers to both under-nutrition and over-nutrition. “The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $200 per person per month for this group, will likely cause serious hardship among many… (we need to) prepare heavily affected local communities” for increased demand at food banks. The benefit cuts “will be close to catastrophic for many people,” said Ross Fraser, a spokesman for Feeding America.
Really? Malnutrition among food stamp recipients is indeed a problem. But it is not a problem because they have too little to eat. It is because they eat too much.
As you can see from the graph above, there are 0% of SNAP recipients that are “underweight.” Children are not caught in the “current crisis” other than that 40% are either overweight or frankly obese. Over 70% of adults on food stamps are either overweight of frankly obese. (And note as well, the graph was published in the Huffington Post – not exactly part of the great-right-wing-conspiracy.)
This is how “altruists” solve problems.
Yeah, I know. The last image is “bigoted!”