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  • 8 Things to Watch for in the Farm Bill

    The House and Senate are working out differences between their farm bills. The following is a list of major questions to consider if the negotiators do come up with a farm bill (explained in this new report here): Will Congress continue to play politics with the farm bill by combining … More

    Proposed Cuts Would Barely Dent Massive Growth of Food Stamps

    Food stamp spending is at historic highs—it has doubled twice since 2000. Now some on Capitol Hill say the House is trying to make major cuts to the program, but they’re really making some much-needed policy reforms that would achieve modest savings. The House bill proposes a small 5 percent … More

    Liberals Angry About Food Stamp Program "Cuts" They Supported

    Food stamp program benefits decreased at the beginning of November when a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus package expired. This reduction is now being dubbed a “cut” by the very members of Congress who voted to speed this expiration. The food stamp boost was set to last until 2015, … More

    Americans Support Stronger Work Requirements for Food Stamps

    Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that the food stamps program should include stronger work requirements, according to the October Food Demand Survey (FooDS) out of Oklahoma State University. Other surveys similarly show that Americans support work requirements for welfare. A 2012 Rasmussen survey revealed that 83 percent of Americans favor … More

    The Story on November’s Food Stamps “Cuts”

    The latest buzz about food stamps is that benefit amounts will be “cut” beginning November 1. But what is this “cut”? Basically, it’s the benefit amount returning to the level it would have otherwise been if not for the 2009 stimulus. In 2009, President Obama’s stimulus package temporarily pumped extra … More

    Convert Food Stamps to a Work Activation Program

    Earlier this summer, the House took an important step in separating the bloated farm bill into an agriculture-only bill and a food stamp bill, which was introduced yesterday. To make a stand-alone food stamp bill a truly worthwhile reform, it should include a mandatory work requirement for all able-bodied adults. … More

    Are 14 Percent of Americans Chronically Hungry?

    Earlier this week, a New York Times editorial claimed that 14.5 percent of U.S. households are experiencing “pangs of chronic hunger.” This figure is based on a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s misleading, though. The 14.5 percent figure used by the Times refers to “food … More

    More Single Moms Have Never Married

    Forty-four percent of single mothers have never been married. This is 11 times the percent of never-married single mothers in 1960. The Pew Research Center reports: In 1960, of all single mothers, more than eight-in-ten (82%) were divorced, separated or widowed. An additional 14% were married, but their spouses were … More

    You Won’t Believe This Surfer Living the Food Stamps Dream

    This is Jason Greenslate’s typical day: “Wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking.” He also plays in a rock band. And he’s living off food stamps. He has no income—he’s not interested in getting a job—and he’s eating on … More

    Left Claims 80 Percent of Americans "Economically Insecure"

    Eighty percent of U.S. adults are “economically insecure,” according to media reports of a new study. But just what is “economic insecurity”? Are most Americans experiencing severe hardship? The measure of “economic insecurity” used by the researcher, Mark Rank of Washington University in Missouri, gives no understanding of a household’s … More