Salt in the wound: No job, no food stamps
As David Firestone reports today in this New York Times blog, House Republicans under the leadership of Rep. Eric Cantor are now proposing to cut the food stamp program by $4 billion by cutting off aid to people without jobs and children:
. . . Cantor wants to cut $4 billion a year, double the earlier cut, by removing up to 4 million people from the food stamp program. His method of kicking all those people off is particularly diabolical, considering the Republican refusal to stimulate the economy: he wants to punish those unable to find a job. Anyone who is unemployed and not raising children will be limited to three months of food stamps every three years.
The proposal, if passed, will strike a particularly devastating blow in North Carolina, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and with thousands losing, or about to lose, unemployment benefits under a state law passed by the Republican majority in the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory in February.