The history and future of food stamps: A vivid symbol in the US debate over poverty programs

  • Article by: CONNIE CASS , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 20, 2013 - 2:10 PM

WASHINGTON — Food stamps have figured in Americans' ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson's vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan's scorn for crooked "welfare queens" and President Bill Clinton's pledge to "end welfare as we know it."

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