In response to the letter "We should support the least among us," I would quote President Barack Obama, who said "everything is on the table" in the context of reducing our national debt.
Liberals think nothing of slashing the military's budget, a military that provides the world's best safety net in which to conceive, feed and raise children responsibly. The proposed cuts to the food-stamp program in the now defeated farm bill would have resulted in a $25-a-month reduction for a family of four.
This program provides supplemental assistance; it's not designed to be the only source of income for food. According to The Washington Post, the average monthly benefit per person is $133.44; $4.50 a day is not the amount one is supposed to live on.
The maximum monthly benefit can quickly climb as the size of the household grows. A family of four, for instance, could receive as much as $668 a month for food. Note that households with children receive 71 percent of all food-stamp benefits, which are intended to be used to buy food for home-cooked meals. The Department of Agriculture even offers food plans to help recipients prepare nutritious meals at four different cost levels.
What I see in this defeated bill is continuing excessive price supports (welfare) for corporate farmers, some of whom are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to grow nothing. I also see, once again, a disturbing lack of backbone in our elected representatives to tackle budget issues
Don Z. Fortney
Hilton Head Island