Following the financial crisis of 2008, more Americans are struggling to make ends meet, including women and children who have found themselves at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
After the markets crashed in the fall of 2008, the banks came crawling to the Americans people, begging for a bailout due to their costly gambling ways. Due to the “Vegas” like addiction of Wall Street, a record 47 million Americans are now enrolled in food stamps. The economy and Americans falling under the poverty line is the most important issue facing the nation and it often finds itself center stage in Congress. While Congress as a whole is receiving record low approval ratings, one of the reasons why is because of the fear that the wealthy congressional members will use their power to slash government services to those who need it the most.
According to a new report by he Health Impact Project, the food stamp cuts proposed by Republicans in Congress, $20.5 billion, could remove over 5 million people from the program. The HIP report digs deeper and finds that due to the removal of so many from the food stamp program, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it would increase health care costs by $15 billion over the next decade.
Many on the “political right” argue that food stamps, like other social welfare programs, are just government waste that has been expanded and taken advantage of by people who aren’t willing to work hard enough. As Think Progress cites through the Economist, for every one dollar invested into the food stamp program, a $1.70 comes back in an economic return.
The proposed cuts were originally offered in the farm bill that was shot down in June, but congressional Republicans are still trying to push through the cuts separately. While it’s true that there are those who do abuse the system, the majority of the people on food stamps would love to work for a living, earn a pay check and not have to rely on the government or anyone else to help them make ends meet.