Food Costs Go Up, Food Stamp Funding To Go Down

Food costs are being projected to rise between 4 and 5 percent in the next year.† The GOP’s response?† It’s time to cut food stamps.

According to Politico, the Republican party wants the budget for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assurance Program) to expand from $70 billion to $71 billion, a minuscule increase that will not even cover the rising costs of food.† Democrats, meanwhile, are hoping to set next year’s budget at $80 billion.

Republicans argue that any additional needs could be met by charity or church groups, despite the fact that many groups have already responded by saying they are stretched as is. And with one in five Americans already using food stamps, they’re about to get stretched even further.

Yet the greatest injustice in refusing to provide an adequate budget for the program, while at the same time letting America’s wealthiest and corporations out of contributing their fair share, is that unlike tax breaks, which so far have done nothing to stimulate the economy, SNAP, much like unemployment, provides direct economic stimulus even greater than the amount expended.

ď’This is clearly a moral issue,’ said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). ‘But itís also an economic issue. For every dollar in food stamp costs, you get $1.79 back.’ The money benefits grocers, ‘the truck driver who delivered the food, the warehouses that stored it, the plant that processed it and the farmer who produced the food,’ Audrey Rowe, administrator of the Agriculture Departmentís Food and Nutrition Service, told a congressional committee in July.”

Refusing to provide enough aid to ensure people don’t go hungry, while at the same time putting up another roadblock to reviving the economy?† That sounds like a GOP platform for sure.


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Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

Felt this was important enough to be repeated.

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

I'm going to repeat my comment from the Farm Bill Forum here:

"Breaking News!!!!
Okay, not breaking if you've been paying attention (and I don't fault anyone who doesn't know about these things, I simply read an AWFUL LOT, LOL)
The Ag bill is being debated by - GET THIS - 4 - that's only FOUR of the Supercommittee! They are planning on getting their version in by SNEAKING it into this Budget Bill! In Closed Committees, no less! Big breaks for Big Ag! Screw you and they're going to get theirs!! This is an ABOMINATION! Mostly because they DO NOT have your best interests at heart.
And most of you have seen how food prices are skyrocketing. What many don't know is that food is the new oil in the stock market We just had record crop reports, but you wouldn't know it from prices at the store. That's because, just like oil prices were hijacked by a few speculators on Wall St., food staples are being subjected to being the next big betting pool. One more thing that the rich will deny the poor in their neverending quest for wealth!
This tax is all of one quarter of one percent on speculation, the same kind that brought down the banks. AND THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY IT! Conservatives say it's counter-productive, but if you invest $5000, it only amounts to ten bucks. But for speculators that want to raise your food $$$, it would be tens of thousands. And keep them in check."

I felt this wa

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

The repubs have gotten pretty brazen in their words, but they used some modicum of civility when they proposed this .... instead of just coming out and saying, "go off somewhere and die."

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith6 years ago

I have only been noticing inflation of certain food products, but not much. That may be because I live in a somewhat poor area....

Vera Taylor
Vera Taylor6 years ago

its a way for them to kill off the poor. BUT who is going to whipe the rich peoples ass's for them with all the servents dead ?

Veronica C.
Veronica C6 years ago

Something has to give with these food prices for EVERYONE.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Mark S. This was done on purpose. The higher the unemployment the easier it is for businesses to keep paying dirt wages, when people get desperate, they will work for food. It is no longer a free country, if you doubt that, try growing your own food and see how fast the government fines you for not having a permit that you wouldn't be able to get anyways.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

I find it funny: We can afford to waste money on invasions (so called military missions) that cost
billions of dollars and the lives of our soldiers, and we can afford to rebuild other countries, and spend money on them, but yet we don't have enough money to take care of our own in the good ol' USA.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Vote Republican and get free Godfather's Pizza for life.....that should guarantee a Democrat victory.....

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz6 years ago

Holy L.- - The republinos are secretly angry that food stamps don't cover booze. Then the republinos could have the average taxpayer support the republinos in their meals AND drinks.