Monday September 23, 2013
Quote of the Day
“In a way, you can see why the food stamp program ó or, to use its proper name, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) ó has become a target. Conservatives are deeply committed to the view that the size of government has exploded under President Obama but face the awkward fact that public employment is down sharply, while overall spending has been falling fast as a share of G.D.P. SNAP, however, really has grown a lot, with enrollment rising from 26 million Americans in 2007 to almost 48 million now.
”Conservatives look at this and see what, to their great disappointment, they canít find elsewhere in the data: runaway, explosive growth in a government program. The rest of us, however, see a safety-net program doing exactly what itís supposed to do: help more people in a time of widespread economic distress.“
-- Paul Krugman, from his piece ”Free to Be Hungry" in today's New York Times. Read to the last graf. (Like good to the last drop.)