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New York Times: Editorial


Food Stamp Regression in the Statehouse
Published: September 26, 2013

While Congress is making up its mind on how much to slash from the food stamp program, some states are moving on their own to punish the poor by changing eligibility and other rules governing food stamps in ways that could deny vital assistance to needy people.

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In each case they seem to have taken their cue from House Republicans, who have voted not only to cut $40 billion across the next decade, but also to end waivers enacted during the darkest days of the recession that allow for more than the statutory 90-day limit for employable single adults when local jobless rates remain prohibitively high. The waivers provide help for an estimated four million needy recipients.

While Senate Democrats and President Obama have vowed to block the House plan, at least a half-dozen states have begun ending the waivers on their own. The Pew Stateline news service reports that measures to end the state waivers are well along to enactment in states like Wisconsin, where 71,000 people could face a cutoff, and Oklahoma, where 47,000 could be denied.

The waivers are designed to give states flexibility in times of high unemployment. Republicans who hold spending cuts paramount are dusting off old canards about “welfare queens” and waste, fraud and abuse, which they claim are the cause for annual food stamp costs’ doubling to $82 billion during the recession. They prefer to blame America’s undernourished poor for their plight, ignoring the fact that food stamps are the main safety net for a record 15 percent of the population.

Other holes are showing up in the safety net, including reductions in unemployment benefits in eight states that push the payout terms below the guarantee of 26 weeks. These regressive developments present a grim warning that the pains of recession are far from ending for the least fortunate Americans.

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A version of this editorial appears in print on September 27, 2013, on page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: Food Stamp Regression in the Statehouse.

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A Spectrum of Behaviors

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today's drama.  I just got back in town yesterday and here is my journal entry for today:
At about 1 p.m. today, we had a “discussion” about what we were going to do as a couple. Try and work it out or part ways. I said that I would like to work it out, but first, we both had to acknowledge issues that each of us had to deal with. I offered that I need to address the way I schedule my work out of town to try and minimize the impact on her, and to get over my fear of talking to her. I offered that I was tired of feeling like I can never do anything right, that she is constantly critical of what I do, don’t do, say or don’t say, and attaches unintended meanings to each of those things. She did not address any of her “issues” but remained focused on mine. I asked if she thought if it was acceptable to make threats or promises to get someone to do what you wanted, such as blocking them from leaving the house, calling the police and reporting a family car stolen if it was used to drive away, throw the other person’s stuff on the driveway if they want to go for a walk to cool down, report their cell phone stolen if they hang up again, or stand in an open car door to prevent someone from driving away (all things she has said or done, including the car door blocking once today). Her response was “I don’t know” and “maybe.” I walked away and said I can’t accept that behavior. She followed me outside to my car and blocked the open car door to keep me from leaving. I pulled out my cell phone and dialed 911 and asked her to move. She said “no”, I hit send. While I was on the phone with the Police dispatcher, she got in our other car and drove off, after flipping me off. I filed a report with the police, because I have a feeling she is going to put me in this situation again. We’ll see if and when she comes back.
Maybe I can't hold out for 3.5 more years.