Yesterday, the White House released a new report on food stamps that attacks the food-stamp plan passed by the House in September:
According to CBO estimates, the House bill would mean approximately 3.8 million low-income people in 2014 – and an average of nearly 3 million people each year over the coming decade – would lose SNAP benefits, among other damaging changes.
While those rates are unacceptable, unemployment was far higher during the peak of the downturn. In 2009, unemployment among non-high school grads was as high as 15.6 percent in two months. For high school grads, the highest rate in 2009 was 11 percent.
So it would make sense that some of the 19 million who started getting food stamps during the downturn would begin to drop off as the economy (and their fiscal situation) improves.
Another 1.7 million will be affected because they won’t fulfill the work requirements. While it’s true unemployment remains relatively high, recipients can also fulfill the requirements by doing 20 hours of volunteer/community service-type work.
If the White House really wanted to help low-income Americans this holiday season, here’s a better solution: How about actually say, creating jobs, so that these Americans who are struggling to find jobs or to find full-time jobs, can obtain one?