The House approved a new bill to cut food stamps within the next decade by $398 billion. The problem with this is that many poor families with kids depend on these food stamps to feed their families. Many families that use food stamps are not abusing the system. They may have low paying jobs and need the extra help to buy food and pay the rent. Also, some people have real life physical disabilities where they cannot work. Many families with children, seniors, people out of work, and veterans depend on this program. Does this cut show our concern for others or lack of it ?
Despite the Republican promise that it would restore the program to its original intent 850,000 would see their benefits cut and 3 million would lose benefits. The White House threatened to veto the bill saying food stamps protect the poor from hunger. Republicans say the amount of people enrolled has increased due to abuse and waiving eligibility rules. Perhaps instead to cutting funding they should look into individual cases that seem to be abuse of the system and cut funding for those that really abuse the system after investigating the facts.
There are individuals that abuse every program but many families and individuals that use this program really do need the food stamps to keep from starving. Cutting the programs funding seems like an act of cruelty. Many families do work but perhaps only make the minimum wage so the food stamps provides them with extra income to buy food and meet all their living expenses.
Perhaps those that have never experienced poverty do not understand the situation of families that cannot buy food. There are families of all races that work but still need that extra help with food that cutting this program will hurt. When you always had food on the table and no problem with buying it is easy to think that everyone that uses the food stamp system is abusing it. There can come a day when those cutting the bill might need the program due to tragic circumstances.