There’s not a single good argument for cutting food stamps. The vast majority of recipients are children, elderly, disabled, or working poor. Food stamps are not only a moral necessity, they’re good for the economy: they’re #1 on the list of what economists call “automatic stabilizers,” so more than every cent the government puts into them comes back in stimulus.
No, what’s really underpinning this “debate” being pushed by conservatives is a huge lie: that black people are taking all your money. Which is ridiculous, because if they were, they wouldn’t be disproportionately poor and hungry. And also, of course, a lot more of the 16.6 million households on food stamps are white (48%) than black (26%) or Hispanic (21%).
Yeah, I’m basically going to reblog this until people stop lying about SNAP in order to support their racist, classiest bullshit. Go look at the DHHS site.
I still blame Reagan for starting that one. Ah how successful the Southern Strategy turned out to be, people are still buying the myth of the Welfare Queen (tm) this many years down the pike.