The Republicans have made a stand. Apparently, the spending problems we have here in the U.S. are caused by food stamps. Dropping 3.8 million people from the program is the way to save the budget, even though 75 percent of recipients are on assistance for less than nine months; 72 percent are families with children, including veterans; and the remainder are primarily elderly or disabled. Very few are able-bodied adults.
Instead of cutting $ 40 billion in food stamps for the poor over 10 years, let's look at a few alternative suggestions to raise revenue:
These three changes would add nearly $1.4 trillion to the budget over 10 years. Just these changes would substantially reduce the national debt of $17 trillion.
And they would allow poor people to still receive food assistance.