Policy Documents

Seven Reasons to Reform Food Stamps

T. Elliot Gaiser –
July 4, 2013

This blog post in the Foundry, the author contends that, 

Food stamps were a popular topic of conversation last month as Congress debated the farm bill. This decades-old Great Society program is in much need of reform for at least seven reasons:

  1. Food stamp spending has surged.
  2. Food stamp rolls have also been climbing for decades, regardless of the economic situation.
  3. Government has vastly expanded food stamp eligibility.
  4. States are spending taxpayer money to “recruit” food stamp participants who might not otherwise choose to use them. 
  5. Despite what the left claims, food stamps don’t stimulate the economy. 
  6. Even in good economic times, many food stamp recipients don’t work.
  7. Food stamps discourage work and self-sufficiency.