Are Cuts in Food Stamps The Best Starting Point in Reducing Federal Spending?

Food stamp benefits will be cut to more than 47 million Americans starting today. 

While I support  entitlement reform which brings spending under control, I am adamantly opposed to cuts that focus solely on food stamps reduction, but do nothing to reduce corporate welfare, farm and rural subsidies, as well as spending on admin costs for unnecessary federal cabinets.

Frankly, Congress needs  to eliminate a number of unnecessary and unconstitutional Federal cabinets as a first solution to reducing spending.

The fact is that residents in inner cities that are, sadly, over-regulated under left leaning rule, are going to suffer the most. That means that this cut will be felt mostly minority families (i.e., Blacks and Hispanics)

I just don’t see, frankly, the balance or the wisdom in the priorities or approach of the GOP controlled House in this particular issue.

I think they are wrong, in effect.

There needs to be a number of initiatives working alongside of reform, such as:

  • Repealing the Davis Bacon Act
  • Banning Project Labor Agreements
  • Passing A National Right to Work Law
  • Repealing the Federal Minimum Wage Law
  • Reducing the U.S. Corporate Tax to under 25 percent; and
  • Eliminating the Dept of Education

All of the above stated would drastically boost the economy and create jobs for those who are unemployed and/or under-employed and are often forced to apply for assistance by virtue of the economic climate they live in.

How is the elimination of the D.O.E. relative to economics? Simple. Bureaucracy in the Public Education system has creating a public school system that is failing miserably, increasing the rate of high school drop outs, illiteracy and, ultimately, poverty. Quality education is a key factor in promoting economic independence.

In any event, there are millions  of Americans who are the “working poor”, but a bad economy, and now, ObamaCare, are forcing employers to turn full time workers into part time workers. They are not lazy people, but people caught in the crossfire of political chaos that is destroying our nation’s economy.

A nation that is increasingly socialist, unfortunately.

I don’t believe simply cutting food stamps is the best approach, especially when the same House that cuts food stamps are protecting unconstitutional subsidies for its own constituents (i.e., rural and farm subsidies)

I don’t believe, therefore, that these cuts are really inspired by economic ideas, but instead are purely political.

Any true economic solution will show no favoritism and will not have disproportionate impact on one demographic.

The fact is that most in the in rural areas are also completely on the government nipple.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture distributes Billions in cash subsidies to farmers and owners of farmland annually.

Not only do they receive cash subsidies, but they also get “help” from the USDA, who provide subsidized crop insurance, marketing support, and other services to farm businesses, all of which should be based upon free market services that those in rural areas should have to pay for themselves or utilize private companies. Government should not being providing those services.

This is a clear case of picking winners and losers. Republican officials pick those in the rural area to win. Democrats pick those in the cities to win. Both look out for their constituents, first and foremost.

I believe we need to implement public policies that are founded upon strong free market principles and  promote a win/win for all Americans rather than this political game.

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About sswimp

I am not an "African-American'. I am a proud American, who happens to be of African descent. I am Christian. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Word of God shapes my concepts of what it means to be a conservative. I am Pro Life. Devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government,and individual responsibility. I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman.
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One Response to Are Cuts in Food Stamps The Best Starting Point in Reducing Federal Spending?

  1. Duncan Regen says:

    Absolutely not. We need to do the above suggestions as well at least make some atempt to get the 480 Billion that the govt. waste every year.

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