Republican Governors Rejecting Practically Cost-Free Food For The Poor
When you’re running for president as a Republican you can’t be seen as doing something that entitles the poor to food, even if it costs you almost nothing.
Three states are ending a program that qualified re[su_right_ad]sidents for extra food paid for by the federal government — including two, New Jersey andWisconsin, that are led by potential Republican presidential candidates.
Congress in February passed a law to raise the costs of so-called heat-and-eat programs. Such initiatives had allowed states to give residents as little as $1 a year in home-heating assistance to qualify for an average of $1,080 a year in added food stamps. The new minimum state contribution is $20 per household a year, and Chris Christie’s New Jersey, Scott Walker’s Wisconsin as well as Michigan are taking a pass.
And there is absolutely no reason for them to be doing this, as it makes no sense economically, And forget morally. It’s politics, and the need to appeal to the far-right in order to win a presidential primary.[su_csky_ad]