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Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutritional Assistance Would Cost Jobs

SoupOn April 13, 2015, Melissa Boteach with the Center for American Progress posted an article with the above title. Here’s what she had to say:

The the U.S. House will be voting to repeal the estate tax.  What will that do?  “Give the wealthiest 0.2% of estates in the country an average tax cut of $2.5 million.”

What does the budget proposal the GOP-controlled U.S. House pass do to normal folks? Converting the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) into block grants to the states. That sounds good, but like with most GOP thinking about normal people, that’s not the case. “If implemented, this conversion would result in $125 Billion in cuts to struggling families between 2021 and 2025.”

That sounds bade, but what are the details?  It will kick up to 12 million people off of food assistance or cut nutritional benefits that primarily serve children, seniors, people with disabilities and working families by an average of almost $55 per person per month.

That decrease in the amount families have to spend on food ripples through the economy. People using food assistance don’t put money away for a rainy day … that rainy day is here, now. So, decreased spending “will lead to job losses not just in grocery and retail stores, but in the trucking, warehousing, food manufacturing, farming and other industries. These cuts will hit younger workers hardest because they account for a disporportionate share of workers in food-related industries.”

As we move into the active campaigning for the 2016 elections, remember this is the GOPers caring about those people they’re saying they support, want in their party, etc.  They don’t, guys, they just want to use you to get re-elected using the money from the 1% and those who’d view the 1%ers as poor … the 0.2%ers.

You can read the full post here.



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