So, the recent “Farm Bill” is really a food stamp bill. And the recent decision by North Carolina republicans to reduce unemployment benefits to a more rational amount is really a “War on the Poor”.
Recently, democrats have issued the “NAP” challenge. That is, try and eat on the amount allocated through the food stamp program – $31.50 a week.
I’m pretty sure I could do it, but a republican staffer did:
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman’s communications director and agriculture policy advisor, Donny Ferguson, says he has been able to eat well on $27.58 for a week, less than the $31.50 House Democrats have limited themselves to for their “SNAP Challenge.”
“I wanted to personally experience the effects of the proposed cuts to food stamps. I didn’t plan ahead or buy strategically, I just saw the publicity stunt and made a snap decision to drive down the street and try it myself. I put my money where my mouth is, and the proposed food stamp cuts are still quite filling,” Ferguson said of the challenge.
Stockman’s office noted that Ferguson did not use coupons, discount programs, or a shopping list, and he shopped at locations accessible via public transportation.
“Not only did I buy a week’s worth of food on what Democrats claim is too little, I have money left over. Based on my personal experience with SNAP benefit limits we have room to cut about 12 percent more,” Ferguson said.
On his list were items that wouldn’t make mine:
- Root beer
- Honeycomb cereal
Off the top of my head, I would have:
- Raw walnuts or almonds
- Pasta Sauce
- Some form of salad green – probably fresh spinach
I’m sure I could eat better on less than Mr. Ferguson.