I've read many opinions from "conservatives" that want to dramatically reduce welfare spending and the SNAP (food stamps) often take a lot of heat because tens of millions of Americans require this assistance. Most of these are either retirees on Social Security or hard working Americans receiving low wages generally supporting dependent children.
Before demanding a reduction in SNAP spending I would challenge those opposed to the program to do what Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker is going to do from Dec 4-11.
http://news.yahoo.com/nj-mayor-live-...215309249.htmlNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mayor Cory Booker said he will live on food stamps for a week starting Tuesday.
Booker told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will honor the challenge he made to a Twitter follower earlier this month and try living on the monetary equivalent of food stamps for at least a week.
"December 4 to 11. Seven days," Booker said after the ribbon cutting for new loft apartments in Newark. He said he will be limited to $1.40 for each meal.
The average monthly food stamp benefit was $133.26 per person in New Jersey in fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Let's see what "conservatives" think about cutting benefits for food stamps after living on $1.40/meal for a week.