Switch to Desktop Site
 
 

Why Washington is cutting safety nets when most Americans are still in the Great Recession

(Read article summary)
Image

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/File

(Read caption) A cashier checks out a customer who is using a SNAP card. Cuts to the food stamp program went into effect Nov., affecting over 47 million Americans.

About these ads

So how to explain this paradox?

As of November 1 more than 47 million Americans have lost some or all of their food stamp benefits. House Republicans are pushing for further cuts. If the sequester isn’t stopped everything else poor and working-class Americans depend on will be further squeezed.

We’re not talking about a small sliver of America here. Half of all children get food stamps at some point during their childhood. Half of all adults get them sometime between ages 18 and 65. Many employers – including the nation’s largest, Walmart – now pay so little that food stamps are necessary in order to keep food on the family table, and other forms of assistance are required to keep a roof overhead.   

 

The larger reality is that most Americans are still living in the Great Recession. Median household income continues to drop. In last week’s Washington Post-ABC poll, 75 percent rated the state of the economy as “negative” or “poor.” 

Next

Page 1 of 4

Share