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Curbing Growth In Government

September 23, 2013
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Liberal activists in West Virginia must be hoping no one will notice the distracting but unsupportable language they use in their attacks on an effort to begin the necessary shrinking of our gargantuan federal budget.

Fiscal conservatives in the House of Representatives have approved legislation that would shrink the food stamp program by $40 billion over the next 10 years. Liberals are falling all over themselves to speak out against the attempt.

Mind you, few have acknowledged the food stamp program was inflated by the 2009 Recovery Act, which is set to expire Nov. 1. For many in Washington, what was meant to be a temporary boost has already become the amount of money to which they believe those receiving federal funds are entitled.

Sean O'Leary, of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy - an allegedly nonpartisan group - grandly misrepresented the effects of the federal food stamp program when he claimed 4 million people were "lifted out of poverty" by the program last year.

Of course, the truth is that those people, by and large, are still below the poverty line, but now also dependent on the federal government.

O'Leary went on to claim that for every $1 spent on the food stamp program, communities see $1.70 in "increased economic activity." It would be interesting to see the fuzzy math that produced that figure.

No one wants to be the politician responsible for turning off the taps. But someone will have to do the difficult work before the federal government is crushed by the weight of its own budget.

It is true House conservatives are suggesting changes to the food stamp program that would make the money flow less freely. Such change is important for more than simply budgetary reasons.

As they normally do, liberals are demonstrating their ignorance of basic finance, their closed-mindedness when it comes to thinking about other ways to do better for those below the poverty line, and their utter lack of faith in the American people to function as anything but wards of the state.

 
 

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