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September 30, 2013

Food stamp vote does little for taxpayers

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But arguing that food stamps serve no purpose if they don’t singlehandedly “lift families out of poverty” is a bit like arguing that bandages are ineffective if they aren’t preventing car accidents. Restoring food-stamp funding can help prevent things from getting any worse, but reducing unemployment and lifting families out of poverty are goals that can only be achieved if Congress and President Obama work together in earnest to stimulate demand for goods and services.

House Republicans announced Friday they would put food stamps back in the farm bill and give it another try this week. We’re sure that if they look hard enough, they can find plenty of other worthwhile cuts.

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