Bring program back to reality

The Everett Herald’s Sunday editorial, “Values and food stamps,” gives only one point of view and ignores the reality of the “cuts” and how the program has grown out of control. First, the Republican plan will lower the program by $40 billion over 10 years, so the overall financial impact is not as bad as stated. In 2010, the food stamp program had 17 million participants with a cost of $18 billion, in 2013 the numbers are 48 million participants with a bill of $82 billion per year, even though per President Obama, we are now in a recovery from the recent recession.

The main issue is how do people qualify for the program; the Republicans have re-instituted a “Welfare-to-Work” program which existed until President Obama took office and was put in place by the far-right wing President Clinton. Before 2009, able-bodied recipients between the ages of 18 and 50, with no children, were required to participate in an employment and training program, or participate in a SNAP “workfare” program, or work for at least 20 hours per week. We know that work is the key to getting out of poverty. Just 2.8 percent of those working full-time today are below the poverty line, compared to 24 percent of those not working. Far from being cruel, by restoring work to a primary component of the welfare system, Republicans would be nudging recipients onto a path out of poverty.

The current program continues the cycle of poverty, the Republicans are showing faith in their fellow citizens that if they receive that nudge then they will go to work and get themselves out of poverty … It takes a first step and this a step in the right direction.

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Oct. 23

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Can we please keep a civil tongue?

A recent EdCC forum asked panelists: Are you alarmed at the tone and tenor of civic discourse today?

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Oct. 22

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial page for Saturday, Oct. 21

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Retain Gregerson as Mukilteo’s mayor

Both candidates offer impressive resumes, but Gregerson showed leadership and compassion as mayor.

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Oct. 20

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Oct. 19

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Endorsements for Snohomish City Council

Continuing Tuesday’s recommendations, the editorial board endorses Redmon, Countryman and Dana.

Editorial: Picks for Snohomish mayor and council

The editorial board endorses Guzak for mayor; Sanders and Merrill for council positions 3 and 4.

Most Read