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A return to previous SNAP benefit levels, not a "cut"

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cuts in SNAP benefits kicked in yesterday and of course a lot of liberals are screaming bloody murder about it. But wait. Those really were not "cuts." It is a return to regular benefit levels which were in effect prior to the recession of 2008. In 2009 Congress passed the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which included a TEMPORARY boost in SNAP benefits to account for increased unemployment which resulted from the recession. Those increases were always intended to be temporary and were never intended to be permanent.

So now in accordance with that law benefits have returned to their previous levels. Plus SNAP benefits receive yearly COLA adjustments so on January 1st benefits will be increased again to account for inflation.

Therefore his is not a cut. So what is all of the complaining about? As I said the increase in benefits voted into law in 2009 was always intended to be temporary. It was a part of economic stimulus measures which were intended to jump start the economy after the recession. But such stimulus measures by definition are meant to be temporary, not permanent.

This outcry coming from the left is as usual much ado about nothing. But from reading accounts in most media outlets you hardly know that. Most news accounts fail to mention that the increases established in 2009 were always meant to be temporary. As usual the media is on the liberal bandwagon and to hell with the truth.
posted by John, 8:26 AM

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