I often flatter myself that I understand what goes on in conservatives' heads - far, far better than they understand it, themselves - but this one does leave me rather perplexed. As to how, for example, they can even dare show their faces any more, in houses of worship.
The Senate today passed its version of the farm bill, which included $4.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program). The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (S.3240) could impact 500,000 families and would reduce monthly SNAP benefits by $90. It was passed with 64 yes votes and 35 no votes.
"With these cuts, hungry Americans will find it more difficult to put food on their tables during this recession," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "We are disappointed that this happened, but we are grateful that the Senate voted down proposals that would cut SNAP benefits further."
Nutrition programs funded through the farm bill weave a vital safety-net that protects children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and low-income working families from hunger and poor nutrition. These programs comprise about 80 percent of the cost of the farm bill and serve more than 46 million Americans.
Well, look at it this way. Hungry kids do poorly in school. This limits their intellects, as adults. And it's established fact that the less intelligent an adult is, the more likely he or she is to hold conservative political views. So I suppose that it all works out for them, in the end. Despicable as it is.