The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Wonder why Fox News is reporting about SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, right now?

Could it be that House Republicans are preparing to cut millions of Americans off the program that is often the only thing keeping working families out of poverty?

To prove their point, they’re focusing on Jason Greenslate, FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT.

fnc-binge-20130809-greenslate

Media Matters‘ Simon Maloy points out that Fox focused nine minutes of its special “The Great Food Stamp Binge” on Greenslate to create the false impression that he is a typical beneficiary of the program:

The vast majority of SNAP households (75 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office) have a child, a person over the age of 60, or a disabled person. Greenslate’s yearly benefit represents 0.000003 percent of the annual SNAP budget. He is in no way representative of SNAP recipients, and his behavior is atypical — waste and fraud within the SNAP program is actually pretty rare.

A new study shows that food stamps kept four million Americans out of poverty in 2012.

The explosion of food stamp use, which seems to be higher in regions that vote Republican, is the direct result of the financial crisis. So while the GOP protects the tax breaks for the richest, including hedge fund managers who helped crash our economy, they’re opportunistically attacking the poor — using a guy who represents 0.000003 percent of SNAP beneficiaries to make their case.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Jessica Cisneros

It’s a race that has some Democratic voters scratching their heads: a young, progressive primary challenger versus a pro-life, conservative Democrat who received an A-rating from the NRA. The primary race between one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, Representative Henry Cuellar, and Jessica Cisneros has become a lightning rod within the Democratic Party.

Cuellar declared victory, but as of Wednesday morning, major media outlets have said the race is too close to call. He is just a couple hundred votes ahead of his Cisneros in Texas' 28th Congressional District primary. When neither candidate won a majority in the March 1 primary, the two highest vote-getters faced each other in Tuesday's run-off election.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}