1. A large and growing share of SNAP households are working households
One reason why SNAP is serving more working families is that, for a growing share of the nation’s workers, having a job has not been enough to keep them out of poverty.
2. SNAP responded quickly and effectively to the recession.
3. Today’s large SNAP caseloads mostly reflect the extraordinarily deep and prolonged recession and the weak recovery.
4. SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems of any public benefit program.
5. SNAP’s recent growth is temporary.
Over the long term, SNAP is not growing faster than the economy. So, it is not contributing to the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.
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“At this point, protest is the message: income inequality is grinding down that middle class, increasing the ranks of the poor, and threatening to create a permanent underclass of able, willing but jobless people. On one level, the protesters, most of them young, are giving voice to a generation of lost opportunity.”
I love that we’re called the “generation of lost opportunity,” because that’s a perfect description. So many people, educated and ready to work, are unable to find jobs and are drowning in student debt. School should be free. If you want to learn, you should be allowed to learn. There should be no student debt. Sadly, they expect us to pay to be prepared for a job market that doesn’t exist. Well how can we pay off the loans without a job? The system is corrupt, and we need serious policy restructuring. I hope the Occupy protests can inspire that, and maybe give some hope to the Generation of Lost Opportunity.