To the editor:
Whatever could the U.S. House of Representatives be thinking as it proposes deep cuts to the food stamp program? Food stamps, which have worked very well for several decades. Food stamps, which help millions of hungry people of all ages living all over our country, even in the suburbs. Food stamps, which help to keep the economy flowing as people on the edge can then use some food money for other necessities such as laundry soap or gasoline. Food stamps, which provide a steady market for farm surplus. Food stamps, which return $1.70 in revenue for every $1 spent. Food stamps, which support sound nutrition that we well know is supremely important in all stages of life.
Oh, don’t worry , says the House. We’ll give the states block grants to make up the difference. Ha! Block grants can be shifted from one agency to another. Any state experiencing revenue shortfall in the wake of major tax cuts will not be compelled to spend the money as was intended.
Related nutritional programs will take a hit from sequestration. These cuts will deny food to pregnant women, infants, and women with young children.
Could it be that the House of Representatives is just not thinking at all?