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Media Ignores Success of Food Stamps

George E. Curry | 5/3/2012, 12:03 p.m.

Media Matters says conservatives are trying to bully society's most vulnerable members.

"By bullying into silence those who would talk openly about their experiences with successful anti-poverty programs - and whitewashing studies proving these programs to be effective - the media create an environment conducive to eviscerating the safety net," the media monitoring group stated.

And that's exactly what the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is already doing.

"The House Agriculture Committee, which the House-approved budget requires to quickly produce $33 billion in savings over the next decade, approved a proposal that would obtain the entire amount from cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps," said the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "The cuts - which would come on top of another proposal in the House budget to cut SNAP by $133 billion over the next decade and convert it to a block grant - would reduce or eliminate benefits for all SNAP households, including the poorest."

The Center observed, "No other program under the Committee's jurisdiction would face any cut under the proposal, despite frequent calls for reform of the nation's farm subsidies - 74 percent of which go to the largest, most profitable farms...[that] received an average annual government payment of more than $30,000 a year in 2009, while having an average annual household income of over $160,000."

Those corporate welfare recipients are the ones who should be ashamed, not people who are down on their luck through no fault of their own.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com.