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Transcript of Food Stamps
Why are they important? How much do they cost? Are they good or bad?
B. Who benefits from this program and how?
Americans and their families considered to live in poverty. It gives them more money to help feed themselves and dependents that they normally would not be able to afford.
C. What is the yearly cost to the American taxpayer? What is the historical cost data?
American taxpayers pay about $80 billion (this past year). The cost went up from $15 billion in 2000 to $74 billion in 2012.
D. What percent of the total federal budget is spent on this program relative to other programs?
About 2% of the federal budget is spent on food stamps.
A. What is the history of the program?
Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace and the program's first Administrator Milo Perkins started the program. The program operated by permitting people on relief to buy orange stamps equal to their normal food expenditures; for every $1 worth of orange stamps purchased, 50 cents worth of blue stamps were received. Orange stamps could be used to buy any food; blue stamps could only be used to buy food determined by the Department to be surplus.
E. What is the impact of this program on price stability, full employment, and economic growth?
The prices of goods keep going up making it harder for people to make it through the month on the money allotted to them. Most people on food stamps don’t have full time jobs because of the market and economy. I don’t think it affects economic growth.
F. What is the potential impact beyond the direct payment recipient? (For example, a small business grant could lead to lowering the unemployment rate in a particular area.)
I think it helps keep people healthy which could then result in children (on food stamps) doing well in school, furthering their education and eventually becoming an active member of society bringing in money and paying taxes, helping the economy.
G. What are the professional opinions in support of and against the program?
Against-people should work to feed themselves. Some people stay on the program for extended periods
of time just because they can.
For-people should not go hungry. Feed children. People can’t afford to feed themselves.
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