Big Cuts To Food Stamps Coming; Medicare and Social Security May Be Next, Congress Doesn’t Care

foodstampsBy Victor Trammell

Major cuts to the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are scheduled to go into effect by November of this year. This federal government action will decrease food stamp benefits for the 22 million low-income American families desperately relying on them.

The drastic reduction will have negative effects on the nation’s poor, who are already suffering through a sluggish economy with little to no growth. The impending cut to the government’s food stamp program was set into action by federal lawmakers years ago. However, no Congressional deal has been made to help avoid a major cut to the SNAP program.

A liberal Washington think tank called the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities has calculated that the average household dependent on food stamps could lose up to $25 a month in benefits if the cuts to SNAP go into effect. Other industry insiders are convinced that a majority of the people getting SNAP benefits are not aware of the looming budget cuts.

“The general public doesn’t realize it,” said Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network in her Monday interview with The Huffington Post. “We certainly know the low income people on SNAP don’t know the cut is coming,” Cole continued.

The main consensus among members of Congress (especially Republicans) is that cuts to the SNAP program must be made. The big issue is over how much of the program to actually cut. In 2010, Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration addressed a need for additional money to offset the cost of various spending bills. They promised to replace the money later, however that never happened.

In a May report, Stacy Dean and Dottie Rosenbaum of the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities wrote:

The $668 maximum monthly benefit for a family of four will fall to $643. This cut will be the equivalent of taking away 14 meals per month for a family of four, or 11 meals for a family of three.” (Center Report)

In the midst of actions and inactivity by Congress, the future of programs like Medicare and Social Security may also be in danger. Regardless of what actions are agreed upon by the government, it is safe to say that America’s rough economic times will get rougher as solutions become more elusive.

85 Responses to Big Cuts To Food Stamps Coming; Medicare and Social Security May Be Next, Congress Doesn’t Care

  1. Spare Me the Baloney

    This is just the beginning folks! The government will be making drastic cuts to their budgets. Meanwhile they will continue fighting trillion dollar wars! They only have money for BANKS(bailouts), BULLETS, and BOMBS.

    I guess when people have nothing else to lose, they will lose it…they will take to the streets…and that red liquid that runs in our veins, will run in the streets… Hold on tight, a very bumpy road lies ahead!

    • Social Security is not a government handout. That is money I worked for troughout by work history. Not only than when I die my family will ohly get $255 for my burial. I would rather for my family to inherit that money than strangers. The poor and working class citizens are financing this country. It sucks.

  2. i ONLY GET $16.00 A MONTH FOOD STAMPS FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND WE ARE RETIRED AND HE SUFFERED A STROKE AND IS DISABLED WHEN I CALLED TO SEE IF I COULD GET A LITTLE MORE THAN 16.00 I WAS TOLD THATS IT FOR MY FAMILY SO I GUESS WE WILL GET CUT OFF FOR REAL WHATARE THEY GOING TO CUT IT $2.00

  3. PPL. ARE HAVING HARD ENOUGH OF A TIME NOW THIS.ITS REALLY HARD TRYING TO FIND A JOB AND THE LITTLE HELP YOU DO GET THEY TRYING TO TAKE THAT AWAY.

    • ADMIT IT NEGRO. THE BLACK PRESIDENT YOU VOTED FOR IS TAKING IT AWAY.

      A FOOL WHO DOES NOT ADMIT HIS MISTAKE, IS BOUND TO REPEAT IT.

      STOP VOTING LIKE A BLACK RASCIST, AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE SAME.

  4. To the people who are saying go get a job I want you all to know that I used to be a SNAP/Food Stamp Case Worker for 3 years and about 90% of the people that we helped were employed! In the majority of cases they were underemployed or earning wages that were not liveable so please do the research before you Judge. Our country needs to do better period. The rich get richer while the poor get poorer it’s very sad.

  5. The cost of the two wars is FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS!

    To cut someone’s food stamps is just too UGLY for my mind to understand…but then again, when you have people who can bomb a church with four little Black girls on a Sunday.

    We have some very, very evil and UGLY people in this land we call
    America…and they put their hand on the Bible and swear an oath
    to Satan.

  6. You think there is no money now?? Just wait until the President allows the 20 million Aliens to become legal!

    When check is cut in half, the administration will make you believe it’s the GOP, he has done this for 5 years and we have said yes it’s the darn Republicans when it’s been the dem’s and the President all along.

    All together now It’s the republicans! It’s racism!

    How’s your Spanish!

    Oh don’t for get the $2300.00 you will have to pay for the Obamacare Insurance, Yes, he made you believe it would be free, the truth is out!

    How are you liking The 1st Black President now? He’s a politician not your friend! He is not going to do a thing to help black people!

    • You know what, OnePlusOne? I actually thought a black president would bring this country one step closer to loving thy neighbor, sadly I was wrong we seem to have slid a century backward. Hatred is falling from the sky. I have lived through 13 presidential terms, 10 of which I understood how they work and I have yet to see anything remarkable that wasn’t negative; so i didn’t expect anything remarkable from this president. I have also come to believe that the “president” is never actually the president, he’s is and have been for many terms now, a puppet being led by behind the scene puppet masters. As for us; your everyday trying to make it in this world people, we are being steered in every direction depending on which media we’re paying attention to. So nothing’s going to surprise me not even our blood when it’s covering the streets as one commenter stated.

      • FOOL YOU VOTED FOR HIM TWICE. SO DONT COMPLAIN NOW. U KNEW WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT AND U STILL DID IT AGAIN, JUST TO SEE ONE NEGRO DRINK CHAMPAGNE IN THAT DARN WHITEHOUSE. SO WHILE YOU’RE DIEING IN THE GUTTER REMEMBER THAT BLACK RASCISM AND VOTING FOR ANYTHING BLACK PUT U THERE.

        • :-) mostly true; however the man’s mother is white and he was rasied by whites…product of ones environment…rasied by wolves – we all know the rest…

          Don’t forget the extended blood line – the current president is a cousin to what former president or two former presidents…

          This administration has enforced the highest deportation rate in history of the nation, but its not the white killer n**i crew that are being forced to live…those murdering monsters are allowed to remain in the the states and collect benefits…

          America is still waiting for a Black president

          Folk better link together and make things happen for themeselves and each other, if you want to survive with dignity

        • Mary, have you ever heard of a DICTIONARY?

    • Obama has a who$e’s mouth and it walks all sides of the street. He is blaming the Republicans for this financial debacle and several years ago he admitted he is a Republican.

  7. What was the alternative? McCain and Romney??? We really didn’t have much of a choice.

    • Either way, when Obama was elected, we got a republican in office. Obama came out of the closet with that one several years ago.

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  9. He’s a politician plain and simple! !

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  11. Why is the president being blamed for everything??? He doesnt have the house therefore everything he tries to do he cant get it done!!!

  12. It doesn’t matter who the president is. If we the people let them politicians will do away with poor folks and then each other.

  13. The main objective of the Republicans is to make sure the 1% and the corporations control ALL the economic wealth and tax revenue in this country. The Democrats are indifferent because they depend on the same coportaions to fund their campaigns to win elections. That’s why the rich and the coroporations want to cut or eliminate: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, public education, infrastructure, The Post Office, public housing, and public transportation. They want the tax revenue to go to the corportaions via subsidies and private contracts to: defense department(wars),charter schools, agriculture, fossil fuel industry (oil,coal,natural gas) and law enforcement (military equipment).

  14. As it should be. These no good, b*m, lazy baby mamas will now get off their behinds and find work.

  15. You put the GOP in office by your vote or lack of so deal with it. Just remember how to vote in 2014…Vote out the GOP!

  16. Its greed people that is doing this to us poor Americans! This is what happens when people don’t think about who they’re electing and randomly vote for two of America’s worst political parties to run the country straight into the ground. What Congress is doing come to no surprise to me because I already knew that they wanted to do this for years now. What doesn’t get me is why at a terrible economic time is they doing this when there is no chance that things will get better. To me, from my opinion I think they’re doing this to hurt the people and help the rich control every single thing in this country all in the name of selfishness and their voters who side with them on this agrees that the poor must suffers for no reason. With knowing that I’m deeply ashamed and embarrass to call myself an American when a country like this would do such evil to its own people. This not the greatest country in the world if the so called leaders are willing hurt the people at the bottom with no help at all.

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