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Food stamps big expense

April 30, 2012
The Leader Herald

During the three years of Barack Obama's presidency, enrollment in the food stamp program has increased from approximately 33 million people to more than 46 million. Now, members of the House of Representatives are looking for ways to trim some fat from our swollen federal budget, and are considering repealing increases in monthly food stamp benefits Obama implemented three years ago as part of his economic stimulus effort.

Reversing Obama's plan would save about $8 billion over the coming year. The idea is to reduce food-stamp allotments by, for example, $60 a month, for a family of four. Bear in mind the average family of four receiving food stamps gets approximately $500 worth now.

Even Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said, "We know that cuts have to be made." But then she appears unwilling to make them during an election year. House Republicans' plan for reducing waste in the budget will, indeed, mean some pain for those who got used to Obama's expanded spending over the past three years. But it is important to remember much of his stimulus push was meant to be temporary.

Congress should get down to business trimming the budget. Food stamps may not be the most popular of targets, but they are as good a place as any to start making difficult decisions.



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