Marginalized News Commentary for Changemakers

The GOP has proposed food stamp cuts in 2014. 1.7 million People will be affected. Tight-fisted Congressman say passing cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will slash $40 billion over a 10 year period from the current budget.
However the same proponents enjoy the following food ‘fare’ while traveling internationally:

$127.41 per day allotment for food in Argentina
$3,588 allotment for a 6 day trip to Russia!

The latter member has 21,000 constituents on food stamps in his district. A SNAP recipient in his district could eat well for one year if he had the Congressman’s 6 day Russian allotment. No one knows whether this lavish budget was from public or private funds. However a SNAP recipient could eat for 881 days! Arguably, if the Russian trip included transportation and other miscellaneous expenses (caviar and vodka), this Congressman could eat SNAP meals for 16 years!

This political jargon must stop. The mantra ‘people should get jobs and earn their food’ is ludicrous. Where are sustainable jobs for this sector?

So what are the alternatives? Well, one Congressman says Washington should not take bread from public officials and
give it to others. What if the tables were turned and public officials were reduced to receive food stamps? Would they cling to this abiding consensus? I doubt it.

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