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The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn., on food program poor choice for cutting fat:
Congress has found a perverse niche — it's good at pitting groups of Americans against each other who really have no quarrel. The current mess over food assistance and farm assistance is such an example.
The decision years ago to include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) with legislation to aid farmers in bad years was a cynical move, though made with good intentions. Supporters of federal food assistance were mostly urban, farm assistance supporters mostly rural, and at the time, help for farmers was popular public policy.
That was before the current majority in the U.S. House, who really don't seem to think anyone is deserving of help. Everywhere the House leadership looks, they see deadbeats.
Are they right, sometimes? Undoubtedly; there always will be someone who tries to get something for nothing. But in their version of new legislation governing SNAP, which at least is no longer linked to farm subsidies, they have sought to cut away healthy tissue as well as the bad.
By cutting almost $4 billion a year from the $80 billion SNAP program, many Americans are expected to go hungry through no fault of their own.
The Senate version — which continues to link farm subsidies and food stamps — would cut only a tenth as much from the nutrition program.
If only House conservatives would look at the real numbers and practices on food assistance, perhaps they would relent.
Other nutritional programs such as Women, Infants and Children and free and reduced-price school lunches are not on the chopping block, as yet. They, and nongovernmental assistance such as community food banks, also do not reach as many of the nation's poor.
The bottom line is that keeping fellow Americans from going hungry should be one of the LAST government services to be gutted in tough economic times — because whatever difficulties middle- and upper-income Americans are experiencing, you can be sure that things are far tougher for the poor.
Don't expect the House and Senate bills to be reconciled soon. But if you care about how society treats its most vulnerable, do let your representative know.