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The politics of food stamps

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In poor neighborhoods across the country grocery stores are mobbed at the beginning of the month and deserted the rest of the time. People get their food stamp allotment and spend it, there is very little left if any left at the end of the month. One sixth of the population is on food stamps, so we are talking billions of dollars in retail sales.

So why are Kroger, Safeway, Shop Rite, Walmart, et al so complacent about the politics of food stamps? Certainly this is about needy families who are being made to suffer because of political hubris, but it also about gross sales for some of America's biggest corporations. So why don't they care?

I realize the passion for kick-the-poors amongst the 1%, but how can they fail to comprehend their own interests in this matter? They hate the poor that much? They are that eager to cut their nose to spite their face?

I don't understand.

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Submitted by Alexa on

for fear of "blowback."

It appears to me that the Democratic Party has all but abandoned the poor for several decades--let's not forget which President signed the PRWORA (Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act [of 1996]. And, of course, Republicans never "gave a cr*p" about their plight.

It sickens me when I hear Dem politicians today STILL bragging about this law.

Cynically, politicians in both parties have masterfully manipulated "the American People" into resenting those in our society who are less fortunate.

I suspect that they believe that as long as they foment these divisions, they won't have to worry that there will be enough "unity" to fight back against them.

And sadly, I think they may be right.