If you are a mother struggling with food instability, programs like WIC (Women Infant Children), which provide financial support for grocery purchases, are like a lifeline.
But WIC is a lifeline the GOP is more than willing to cut in order to protect tax cuts for the rich. And how long would the wealthy be effected if they had to give up their breaks to keep WIC fully funded?
Just seven days.
Via Think Progress:
CAP’s Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon found that the cost of the GOP cut to WIC is equivalent to the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires alone for just one week:
The deal struck last December to extend the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush gave the average millionaire a tax break of $139,199 for 2011, according to the Tax Policy Center, or nearly $2,700 per week. Given that about 321,000 households reported incomes of more than $1 million in the most recent year for which there are data from the Internal Revenue Service, that means the Bush tax cuts provide millionaires with about $860 million in tax breaks every week — more than enough to stave off the $833 million in proposed cuts to WIC.
Economists have estimated that every dollar invested in WIC “saves between $1.77 and $3.13 in health care costs in the first 60 days after an infant’s birth by reducing the instance of low-birth-weight babies and improving child immunization rates.”
One week. One week worth of tax breaks for those who are already thriving financially isn’t worth sacrificing in order to assist women and children who are suffering with hunger and need financial assistance just to put food on the table.
Apparently starving children is actually easier than stealing candy from a baby for the GOP.
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