Food Stamps

The Truth About Food Stamps (Hint: They Work and Help Millions)
SNAP has halved the number of children living in extreme poverty.
July 29, 2014

A primer on one of the most successful anti-poverty programs we have—and why conservative plans to dismantle it make no sense.

Conservatives Hold the Line, Offer Weak Defense of Racist Rancher As Martyr for Liberty
April 24, 2014

I had assumed that Cliven Bundy's lapse into slaver nostalgia would augur the end of his martyr status on the right. But I was wrong.

Paul Ryan's New Report Undermines the Case for His Budget
March 03, 2014

Turns out that underfunding programs makes them less effective. Who knew?

TV Pundit Dick Cheney Has Already Forgotten How Government Works
February 25, 2014

The former veep said Obama "would rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military." Here is everything wrong with that statement.

LBJ's Mistake Was Promising to "Win" the War on Poverty
January 08, 2014

If you dismiss the War on Poverty simply because poverty is still high, then you’re not making a serious argument.

Congress Fails on Food Stamps with Little Fanfare
December 13, 2013

The legislature’s failure to pass a farm bill in 2013 “serves as a poster child for congressional dysfunction,” Norm Ornstein inveighed in the National Journal Thursday.

Four Frightening Charts About America's Struggling Lower-Middle Class
December 04, 2013

The people the pols praise are having trouble making ends meet.

This One Map Shows Why Food Stamps Are So Crucial
November 22, 2013

And why we can't let Republicans cut them even more.

The Republicans' Mixed Up Farm Bill Philosophy
September 20, 2013

When it passed a bill to cut $39 billion from the food stamp program, or SNAP, the House of Representatives put the worst of the Republican party’s illogical Randism on display.

The Inspiring Story of How One Food Bank Got Healthy
September 16, 2013

May 1998. The Stop, a small food bank in Toronto, doesn’t open for another hour but already a lineup has formed at the double-steel doors opening into a back street. I nod at one of the guys, someone I recognize, and he looks back at me hopefully.