Conservative icon Newt Gingrich has jumped right into the fray with his campaign, calling President Barack Obama a “food stamp” president at a stop in Macon, Georgia.
The Washington Post reports:
Gingrich sought to lay blame for the recession, as well as the economic and social upheaval in Detroit, on Obama and his policies. “President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history,” Gingrich said. “I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.”
Gingrich then stated that he pledged to eliminate capital gains and estate taxes and cut corporate taxes in half, as well as make the Bush era tax cuts permanent.
These tax cuts, a plank in the Ryan Budget plan that is set to dismantle the social safety net and end Medicare, have already said that they would eliminate food stamps as they are now, changing it into a block grant program that states could potentially reassign to other funding needs.
Gingrich is right, Obama is a “food stamp” president. The GOP, on the other hand, thinks the poor can simply eat tax cuts for millionaires.