The United States House of Representatives voted to slash 400 million dollars from the food stamps assistance program amid an outcry from Democrats. The vote of 217 to 210 laid primarily along party lines.
Texas representative Sheila Lee Jackson and California representative George Miller were railing against the Republicans for even considering the cuts and identifying their counterparts as being out of touch (more on this in a minute). Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia made one succinct point in trying to justify the cuts.
"There is dignity in work."
It is the few who create the bad name for many. While many Americans have abused the food stamps and other assistance programs, the Democrats have a valid argument when saying Republicans are out of touch although the following does apply to nearly all members of Congress.
The average congressman is worth $966,000 and eats, takes trips and claims many other expenses at an alarming cost to the taxpayer.
Congress complains about making only $174,000 per year.
This the part of the two percent President Obama wants to pay more in taxes to help out the lower incomes. How's that working out?
Now compare this to Americans not only struggling to find jobs but earn a solid living. To qualify for food stamps an individual income is listed at $14,532 or an average of $1211 a month which some might see as acceptable however break that amount down by work hours based on a 40 hour week for one year and the individual (single parent) makes $6.73 an hour. If I am not mistaken that doesn't equate to minimum wage.
So to Eric Cantor, one must say yes there is dignity in work however to those who work and still need justifiable help; you just voted to eliminate it because of those that abuse the system.