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War on Poverty: Progress and Persistent Inequity

War on Poverty: Progress and Persistent Inequity | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Education Week reflects on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and its impact on the lives of children, especially those living in poverty.
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Dick Cheney: Spend More On Defense, Not On Roads Or Food Stamps - Huffington Post

Dick Cheney: Spend More On Defense, Not On Roads Or Food Stamps - Huffington Post | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
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Dick Cheney: Spend More On Defense, Not On Roads Or Food Stamps
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Not food stamps, not highways or anything else," Cheney said. "Your No.
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The Great Food Stamp Binge (COMPLETE) - YouTube

Fox News Reporting The Great Food Stamp Binge With Bret Baier Free Food Part 2 of 6 Playlist Bellow All segment https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu9f0e...
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Waiting for the 8th

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The months seem a bit longer for a D.C. woman and her family after recent cuts to the food stamps they rely on.
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Elia Salow's Pulitzer Prize winning series on people struggling to feed their families. (Washington Post 12-15-13)

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Food Stamps Respond to the Changing Geography of American Poverty

Food Stamps Respond to the Changing Geography of American Poverty | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
At the end of January the House of Representatives passed a new $1 trillion five-year Farm Bill, by 251 votes to 166. The bill, which is now on its way to the Senate where it is expected to pass in a vote, cuts $8.6 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) over the next 10 years—significantly less than House Republicans had previously proposed, but more than Democrats had initially agreed to. The main provision of the bill changes aspects of the SNAP benefit calculation that would affect benefits for roughly 850,000 households, who would see an average decline in monthly benefits of $90 according to the Congressional Budget Office. However, benefit levels for more than 96 percent of the nation’s 48 million SNAP recipients would not be affected under this compromise.
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From the Brooking's Institution, a liberal Washington think tank.

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Expanding Federal Food Programs: Means-Tested Aid for Families with Children

Expanding Federal Food Programs: Means-Tested Aid for Families with Children | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Since the beginning of the War on Poverty, government has spent vast sums on welfare or aid to the poor; however, the aggregate cost of this assistance is largely unknown because the spending is fragmented into over 70 separate programs.
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From the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank.

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Attitudes Toward Poverty Show Dramatic Change — WSJ/NBC Poll - Washington Wire - WSJ

Attitudes Toward Poverty Show Dramatic Change — WSJ/NBC Poll - Washington Wire - WSJ | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Americans' attitudes toward poverty have shifted dramatically over the last two decades, and that shift has broad implications for policy makers as they debate the future of social-welfare programs.
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Ryan’s Plan: To Balance the Budget, Hurt the Poor

Ryan’s Plan: To Balance the Budget, Hurt the Poor | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Sixty-nine percent of the cuts in the Ryan budget come from programs that benefit people with low or moderate incomes.
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Ryan plan would devastate the Food Stamp program.

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National debt tops $16 trillion, $136,249 per household: Should you worry?

National debt tops $16 trillion, $136,249 per household: Should you worry? | Food Stamps | Scoop.it

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(MoneyWatch) ANALYSIS House Speaker John Boehner released a statement noting that the national debt has crossed the $16 trillion threshold, and that it has increased by $5 trillion since Obama took office. "This debt," he says, "is a drain on our economy."

 

Speaker Boehner is making two claims. First, that the debt is the result of Obama's policies, and second that the debt is harming the economy. On the first charge, it's true that Obama's policies have added to the debt, but they have only contributed around $1.44 trillion -- about half of that in the form of the stimulus package. The tax cuts, wars, and other policies enacted before Obama took office, by contrast, opened up a $5.07 billion hole in the budget -- over three times as much. So if there is blame to be apportioned, a good share of it must go to President Bush, as this chart illustrates.

 

But how could it be that Obama's policies only contributed $1.44 trillion to the debt when it has risen around $5 trillion since he took office? The answer is the recession. During a recession tax revenue falls as income falls, and spending on existing social services such as unemployment compensation and food stamps increases. The result is a larger deficit. However, Obama didn't cause the recession -- it was already well underway when he took office -- and he cannot be blamed for the debt we've accumulated as a result of the downturn...

 

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#BestoftheWebToday Walmart and Welfare: Low-wage employers aren't to blame for food stamps, by @jamestaranto

#BestoftheWebToday Walmart and Welfare: Low-wage employers aren't to blame for food stamps, by @jamestaranto | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Low-wage employers aren't to blame for food stamps, James Taranto writes.
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Drop in Food Stamp Enrollment Picks Up Steam - Washington Wire - WSJ

Drop in Food Stamp Enrollment Picks Up Steam - Washington Wire - WSJ | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
The number of Americans receiving food stamps is falling at a faster clip, down more than 1.2 million from October to February, federal data show.
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Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan’s poverty plan?

Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan’s poverty plan? | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Which Paul Ryan should we expect will govern? The one who wrote the budgets? Or the one who wrote the poverty plan?
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The Hammock Fallacy

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The big new poverty report from the House committee led by Representative Paul Ryan is yet another con job.
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Paul Ryan proposes sweeping consolidation in antipoverty pitch

Paul Ryan proposes sweeping consolidation in antipoverty pitch | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Plan would consolidate up to 11 federal antipoverty programs into a single funding stream for states, along with new work requirements
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Our Dangerous Budget and What to Do About It by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Our Dangerous Budget and What to Do About It by Jeffrey D. Sachs | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
Since the first days of the Obama Administration in 2009, Washington has been in a pitched battle over the budget, with endless fights over stimulus packages, temporary tax cuts, spending limits and sequestration, fiscal cliffs, debt ceilings, and government shutdowns. Yet the budget battles have never been quite what they’ve seemed, and the December budget deal worked out between Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray is not a victory of bipartisan reason. Despite all of the budget turmoil over the past five years, the long-term trajectory of the US budget has remained remarkably and dangerously unaltered.
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The New York Review of Books (Feb. 2014)

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Strengthening SNAP for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America

Strengthening SNAP for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the fundamental safety-net program in the United States. Diane Schanzenbach provides an overview of SNAP’s shortcomings, and a proposed detailed policy agenda to improve SNAP’s effectiveness.
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Brooking's Institution, a liberal Washington think tank

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Food Stamps

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News about food stamps. Commentary and archival information about food stamps from The New York Times.
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Excellent introduction to the topic. Check out the timeline on the left.

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Hunger Hysteria: Examining Food Security and Obesity in America

USDA food security data show poverty and hunger in America arelinked to widespread obesity; use of food stamps increases obesityamong the poor.
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Dick Cheney: Spend Money On Military, Not Food Stamps Or ...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the United States needs to spend more money on the military and less on food stamps and highways. Cheney was speaking at a “playbook lunch” hosted by Politico reporter Mike ...
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The USDA Is Pushing Food Stamps Like a Drug Dealer at a Grade School

The USDA Is Pushing Food Stamps Like a Drug Dealer at a Grade School | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
The Organic Prepper One in 7 Americans receives food stamps and the government wants the number to be even higher. Yes, I said higher. The USDA is soliciting people to receive food stamps in the ma...

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Food stamp entitlements: SNAP's $2.6 billion blunder - Washington Times

Food stamp entitlements: SNAP's $2.6 billion blunder - Washington Times | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
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Food stamp entitlements: SNAP's $2.6 billion blunder
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WASHINGTON, January 5, 2013 — Food stamps, or in USDA parlance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is an expensive and bloated welfare program.
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Food Stamps and Failed Economic Policies | House of Debt

Food Stamps and Failed Economic Policies | House of Debt | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
In the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney pointed to the rise in food stamp usage as evidence of failed economic policies. As he put it: “The numbers on food stamps are really revealing. When the president took office, ...
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Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight

Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight | Food Stamps | Scoop.it
School food service administrators once supported new healthy food requirements on the nation's school lunch program. But now, they want the rules delayed. And they're getting swept up in politics.
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