Andrea Peyser writes in the New York Post:
On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it’s now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell’s Soup from stamps.
But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn’t heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts.
Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama’s pet project, Let’s Move. What?
It’s come to this. Some 76 million meals a year will vanish from this city — poof! — partly because the president diverted money from SNAP to the first lady’s signature program, part of her Let’s Move anti-obesity initiative — the bean-sprout-heavy, $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
She points out the President knows this is happening.
“Some of the funding [for the lunch program] comes from rolling back temporary increases in food-stamp benefits,” he said, starting in the fall of 2013.
“I’m committed to working with [Congress] to restore these funds in the future.”
Didn’t happen. And we all know how much Obama has proven he is willing to work with Congress, except that they are so evil—all the left-wing bloggers tell us so.
I have to admit, that Obama or whoever controls him has been far more brilliant (in an evil way) than I realized at the time that he was pushing the “stimulus” bill. By using the economic crisis and the economic sophistry of “stimulus” to justify a temporary spending spree, the White House has succeeded in intensifying the dependency in the United States and intensifying the pressure to increase spending in the future. People became dependent on money that wasn’t going to last unless Congress voted for more spending.
Peyser seems to recognize what is going on:
Part of the problem is that the food-stamp program has grown like wildfire under Obama — to $80 billion last year, with a more than 70 percent increase in recipients just since 2008. Do they all need the help?
Congress seems to be ready to make more cuts in food assistance. While I agree in principle, the priorities seem perverse to me. We should be cutting corporate welfare first or at least along with those cuts. Get rid of “green energy,” NPR, foreign aid to everywhere, and military basis in Europe before cutting food stamps!
But getting everyone dependent on a temporary budget increase was not charitable or helpful to anyone.
[Note: In the original version of this post I mis-read $39.9 billion as $3.9 billion and ended this post with an observation based on that error. I apologize for the goof.]