Minnesota recovers economically; nation lags

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2013 - 7:31 AM

By the numbers, food stamp cuts aren’t warranted.

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Mark27Sep. 20, 13 7:56 PM

Conservatives waging war against food stamps are really fighting a losing demographic battle in a nation where wages are at a historic low (and continuing to shrink with each passing year) and where employee benefits are shrinking at an even faster pace. And looking at the national county map and how much public assistance is being doled out to the 70% Republican counties throughout the heartland, where income decline has generally exceeded the national average, they are really discharging their weapons into the foreheads of their base voters. Republicans have really backed themselves into a corner by becoming the party of low-income white Southerners yet still governing at the behest of gluttonous multimillionaire robber barons. The needle they have to thread to win elections is getting ever-more narrow by being most dependent upon the votes of the people they openly, drippingly resent and whom they are actively, publicly, and proudly stripping resources from with, among other things, these food stamp cuts. They're getting away with right now because these voters will always hate the bogeyman in the White House more than them even as they're slapping the peanut butter sandwiches out of the hands of their children, but the clock is ticking on how long Obama Derangement Syndrome will provide them cover for their economic assault on the poor. Ultimately, the problem with food stamp growth boils down to the same problem that is causing America to break down across the board.....the business sector has spent the last 30 years gobbling up every morsel of growth the economy can muster while everybody else has been left in the increasingly chilly shadow of their skyscrapers. Fostering resentment about would-be "bums and parasites" on food stamps would be much easier if the vast majority of Americans weren't a couple lost paychecks away from having to go on them.

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supervon2Sep. 20, 13 7:56 PM

I know people that have jet skis and SUV's and take vacations while receiving food stamps while I work long and hard to feed my family and no vacation for the past five years. I'm glad to see the cutting this back.

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howlinjagsSep. 21, 13 5:32 AM

couple points - 1) no one should go hungry regardless the reason. 2) if you are an adult on food stamps, all the food stamps should be able to buy is beans and rice. you want something more you'll need to earn it

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texas_technomanSep. 21, 13 7:24 AM

I think if we are going to cut back on the taxpayer dollars going into the SNAP program we should at the same time cut back on the taxpayer dollars going to: millionaire farmers, oil and gas companies, corporations in the form of "economic development grants, and the billions upon billions we throw at the Defense Industry. As Everett Dirkson once said, "a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you are talking about real money"!

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badgerfan2Sep. 21, 13 8:23 AM

This was a pretty good piece and sums up why the Republican Party needs to be cast aside. Their policies do nothing but hurt the economy and punish the poor. Prior to Dayton's election, Minnesota and Wisconsin were nearly equal in terms of unemployment. Dayton and Scott walker were elected the same year. Our unemployment has fallen to 5.1% and theirs has lagged way behind at 6.8%. Why, because right wing extremism does not work, never has, and never will.

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alansonSep. 21, 13 8:53 AM

Here's a government benefit that has grown five-fold in the last 13 years: from about $15 billion in the year 2000 to about $76 billion in the year 2013. If you had been making $40,000 a year in 2000, and grown your income at the same rate, you would be making more than $200,000 in 2013. It's hard to believe that sensible people would not want to re-examine the size of this benefit in light of the fact that it will cost taxpayers in excess of three quarters of a trillion dollars over the next 10 years.

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texas_technomanSep. 21, 13 9:45 AM

Cutting back on SNAP without addressing the cause for the increased is like fixing your car horn because your brakes don't work!

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rlwr51Sep. 21, 1311:15 AM

Not allowing an increase in wages while at the same time cutting food support and other publicly paid benefits is a recipe for revolution.

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eman2001Sep. 21, 1311:18 AM

I know of an individual who is worth more than a million dollars, who is eligible for SNAP in Minnesota. They need to do some work on eligibility standards or admit that this is just another stimulus program.

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minnestupidSep. 21, 13 2:01 PM

eman2001 & supervon2, if you know people who should not receive SNAP benefits have you contacted anyone to report it? If you haven't it seems to me that you are creating more "myth" about abuse with the foodstamp program. How come no vitriol towards millionaire farmers getting subsidies than? Double standard anyone?

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