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Time to wean unemployed away from food stamps ACT 8/11/13
In response to the Aug. 4 Citizen Times viewpoint, I think the editorial writer overlooks several factors that support decreasing the SNAP program. Over the past five years, the SNAP program has increased by more than 100 percent to approximately $75 billion in benefits, more than 16 percent of the entire U.S. grocery bill.
One factor that seems obvious to me is that an increase in the SNAP program props up the price of food (supply and demand theory), making it even more difficult for low wage earners to survive. Some of the unemployed do the math and determine it is better to collect unemployment, get food stamps, housing assistance and possibly Medicaid, instead of working.
I sympathize with the average worker in America, but the U.S. government has created a false economy. Until Congress stops meddling, wages in relation to the cost of food, medicine and housing will not reach the proper levels of parity that will make it fair for all classes. We may need to work multiple jobs and give up many conveniences (cellphones, cable TV, fast food, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.) and live for the basics. It may not be fun, but it will be real.
Jerry Moore, Highlands