To The Editor:
I was shocked and ashamed to read Paul Krugman’s May 31 New York Times editorial, “From The Mouths Of Babes,” concerning Congressional Republicans’ efforts to defund and eventually eliminate the food stamp program. I have a dim view of the mean, selfish, and moronic solutions Republicans have put forward in recent years to address the needs of the country, but to go after a program that, according to Krugman, “…provides modest but crucial aid to families in need…and played an especially useful…role in recent years,” is reason to be very angry. Many Queens households could be affected if this legislation is passed. Congressional politicians should spend more time figuring out why one in seven families in this country need food stamps to begin with. How is it that we are all surrounded by food but not all of us can reach it? One in seven families! That’s a disgrace. Perhaps if politicians focused on job creation instead of trying to balance the federal budget on the backs of the poor, we wouldn’t need food stamps at all. Maybe if Congress stopped kissing up to Wall Street and spent more time walking down Main Street, they would see that regular people only want an opportunity to make a living. The economic meltdown and subsequent depression, whose effects are still being felt, were not caused by food stamp recipients. They were caused by runaway bankers and investors who were aided by congressional policy makers, many of whom are still making policy for the country. And just maybe, if the Republicans would stop the knee jerk reaction to every economic suggestion of the Obama administration, we could make some headway on the economy, without even thinking about taking food off the tables of hungry children and families.
The point is cutting programs that temporarily help the poor and middle class live normal lives, while they strive for a more permanent solution, will not solve the economic crisis. Obstructing every policy initiative of President Obama will not make the country any safer or more prosperous. Creating congressional policies that will deny nutritional aid to generations of children will only teardown and weaken the United States as a country.