Comparing housing to groceries isn’t such a bad idea

The Atlantic’s Daniel Hertz has written “Affordable Housing Would Be Much Fairer If It Were Treated Like Food Stamps.” An excerpt: While policies directed at making food more affordable surely are far from perfect, they have several key advantages over those that try to make housing more affordable. Most crucially, SNAP is funded through general …

Why some legislative-types want to do the shopping for the poor

At least, we can only assume as much, as the discussion about precisely what impoverished people on assistance choose to buy through the SNAP program (formerly food stamps). The first examination started in 2003 and Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and junk food, according to this ThinkProgress article, and continues on to today. Pawlenty’s efforts were …

Maryland legislator wants to take public assistance from “rioters”

Delegate Patrick McDonough (that’s him, campaigning up above) is a tool, and he has been since 2012, when he first suggested that low-income Maryland residents lose public assistance if they are found running counter to “riot” laws. Here. Listen for yourself. McDonough recently said on his radio show:  “I think that you could make the case that …

Gwyneth Paltrow took the SNAP Challenge

And got her head handed to her. You know the challenge, and maybe you’ve taken it yourself: Pledge to live on the same amount of food provided to someone on food stamps (now called SNAP). The amount varies from state to state, but it’s hard and it’s challenging and why do you think people were …

An addition to the prayer list: Mo. Rep. Rick Brattin

Rep. Brattin has submitted a bill in Jefferson City that would remove, among other things, fish and steak from the list of food people could acquire with food stamps in the Great State of Missouri. Another bill would remove porn from the list of things welfare recipients can buy with their benefits. The porn? Well, …