Congress appears to be on the verge of making a severe cut in the food-stamp program. Lawmakers seem to agree that taking food away from the most needy and vulnerable can help solve the budget crisis. And since these folks also have the weakest voice in Congress, it should be easy.
However, a reduction in the use of food stamps will result in a reduction in food purchases and a reduction in the overall economy. Mom and pop grocery stores will lose business, truckers won’t have as much cargo and, of course, farmers will have fewer customers for their produce. It goes right down the line.
Economists will tell you that for every dollar spent on food, there is more than a dollar added to our economy. Cutting food stamps is not a solution for solving our budget deficit. It will only hurt our economy and cause untold suffering among theneedy.
Bill Silver, Coral Gables