Food Stamp Cuts: A Crime Against the Poor

food-stamp-cuts-350This Friday, America will learn the latest monthly jobs report news, which will not be good due to the Republican-caused government shutdown.

This Friday, the poorest Americans will learn that their hunger will worsen because their food stamps will be cut unless Congress and the president act.

In short, while the jobless number will remain cruel, or become even more cruel on Friday, and the need to help the jobless and hungry will rise, the help for the hungry will be cut. The Hill and Huffington Post have done excellent work reporting on what is being called the “food stamp cliff,” with more of the poor and hungry falling off the cliff because of the politicians.

This is a crime. This is an outrage. This is a scandal. This is a moral indecency.

Pope Francis and a long list of leaders of great religions have called on us to do more to help the poorest of the poor and the hungriest of the hungry. At least 80 percent of the people who will be hurt by the food stamp cuts that will be imposed November 1 are children, the elderly and the disabled.

Brent-Budowsky-175Congress and the president should get together now — today — to prevent this crime, this outrage, this scandal and this moral indecency before any more of the hungry and the hurting fall of the cliff created by the politicians.

Brent Budowsky
The Hill

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

About Brent Budowsky

Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left government in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management. He can be reached at


  1. But Brent ;

    Money for the poor will need to be taken from corporate welfare ~ you can’t seriously expect that can you ? .


  2. Joseph Maizlish says:

    The discussion of nutritional assistance should remind us that the way language is used contributes to problems and solutions, and tells us whose needs are included and whose excluded from discussion:

    The term “deficit” in political and media language refers only to the federal government fiscal deficit, which they say is a danger. The other deficits — nutrition, housing, health care, education — need reduction even more than does the federal fiscal one. At the very least, the federal fiscal one is not to be reduced by increasing the human services (and human rights) deficits!

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